Jake Fraley had three hits and drove in three runs and seven pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as LSU defeated Tulane 6-0 in a non-conference game at The Box on Tuesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU second inning - Sean McMullen doubled and moved to third on a single by Alex Bregman. McMullen scored on a single by Fraley. LSU 1, TULANE 0
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LSU third inning - Andrew Stevenson singled and went to second on an infield hit by Mark Laird. Both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Conner Hale. After McMullen struck out, Bregman was intentionally walked. Stevenson and Laird scored on a single by Fraley. LSU 3, TULANE 0
LSU fourth inning - Tyler Moore singled and stole second. Moore advanced to third on a wild pitch by Tyler Mapes. After Christian Ibarra grounded out to the shortstop, Moore scored on a ground out to the shortstop by Stevenson. LSU 4, TULANE 0
LSU sixth inning - With one out, Ibarra and Stevenson singled. Ibarra scored on a double by Laird. After Hale was intentionally walked, Stevenson scored on a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder by McMullen. LSU 6, TULANE 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Fifth inning - With two out, Bregman and Fraley singled. Kade Scivicque flied out to the centerfielder.
Eighth inning - With two out, Chris Sciambra walked and Kramer Robertson singled. Pinch-hitter Cade Stone struck out.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Fraley had the best game of his freshman season with three hits and three runs batted in. The three hits were his most in a game this year. Fraley had driven in three runs earlier this season against Texas Southern. The multiple-hit game for Fraley was his first since March 30 against Florida. Fraley was 4-for-29 since that contest against the Gators. Fraley drove in LSU's first three runs. He singled home McMullen in the second and drove home Stevenson and Laird with a two-out single in the third. His third hit was an infield single in the fifth.
Kyle Bouman did not allow a run, but he was unable to get credit for the victory since he was removed with two outs in the fifth. Bouman gave up three hits, walked two and struck out two. He was in trouble in just two innings. In the second, Tulane had runners at first and third with one out. Bouman got Barry Buchowski to foul out to the third baseman Ibarra. He then knocked down Tyler Wilson's line drive with his stomach and threw him out at first base. The Green Wave got two hits off Bouman in the fifth - a double by Buchowski and a single by Jake Willsey. Bouman hit Richard Carthon with a pitch to load the bases. He was then relieved by Zac Person.
Person got out of the bases-loaded jam in the fifth by getting Jake Rogers to fly out to the rightfielder Laird. Person, who won his second game of the season, got into two-out trouble in the sixth with a walk and a single by Lex Kaplan. With a righhanded hitter coming up, Person was relieved by Brady Domangue. The strategy worked perfectly as Domangue struck out Buchowski. Parker Bugg took over for Domangue to begin the seventh. He retired Tulane in order on a ground ball and two fly balls. Kurt McCune retired the two hitters he faced in the eighth on fly balls. It took Nate Fury, who gave up the game-winning hit in the loss at Tulane last month, three batters to get the third out in the eighth. Fury hit a batter and walked another before striking out Lex Kaplan. Tulane loaded the bases off Joe Broussard in the ninth on an error by the first baseman Moore and singles by Willsey and Carthon. Broussard struck out Rogers and got Garrett Deschamp to ground out to Bregman at shortstop.
Coach Paul Mainieri again shuffled the lineup with Hale, who played second base, hitting third and Bregman fifth. Fraley, who started in leftfield, hit sixth. Scivicque, who started at catcher, was dropped to the seventh spot in the order. Moore was the first baseman and McMullen was the designated hitter. . .Laird extended his hitting streak to five games with an infield single in the third. . .Stevenson, who had just two hits in the Ole Miss series, had two singles against Tulane. . .Bregman also had a pair of hits. . .Hale was the only starter who didn't have a hit. . .The Tigers finished with 14 hits - 12 being singles. . .LSU stranded ten runners, six in scoring position. The Tigers were 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position. . .The shutout was the 13th of the season as the LSU pitching staff continues to build upon a school record. For the second time this year, the Tigers put together back-to-back shutouts. Earlier this season, LSU blanked South Alabama and Georgia in successive games. . .Bouman was called for a balk in the second inning. That was the first balk against a LSU pitcher this year. . .Kaplan and Willsey each had two of Tulane's six hits. . .Tulane started its No. 1 pitcher Mapes since his start last Saturday at Charlotte was rained out. The Green Wave has a non-conference series this weekend against Wichita State. Mapes allowed six runs and a season-high 12 hits in 5.1 innings. . .LSU is 31-10-1, while Tulane is 15-23. . .The paid attendance was 11,033. The actual crowd was 5,731.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"The shutout is one big storyline. But, this was maybe our best offense of the year considering the quality of the starting pitcher and the quality of our at-bats, one after another. That guy (Mapes) is good enough to be a weekend starter for a lot of teams in the SEC. We had so many good at-bats. I was so happy with the way the players competed every at-bat. We did a lot of good stuff defensively, but I was really happy with the way we swung the bats."
"You can't lose if you don't give up any runs. I thought Bouman was okay, nothing earth-shattering. He walked two and hit a batter. He gave up two hits with runners in scoring position. They were hit so hard that the runners couldn't score. Then, he gave up another ball which hit him that should have been a base hit. He wasn't real smooth, but he got us five shutout innings."
"Fraley had a big RBI hit and another two-run hit later on. You are watching the evolution of the next great LSU player. I pitched BP (batting practice) to him today and I thought he was locked in and ready to go. He looks good in a uni(form). He's a real good athlete."
"This was an important game for us. We all had an opportunity to come through with a lot of hits. I wanted to come through with the opportunities I had. Their pitcher had velo(city) between 91 and 93. On my first RBI single over the shortstop's head, he left a fast ball high and out over the plate. I was able to put the barrel on the ball. On the second hit, he came in on me. I was able to get the barrel on that pitch too. I had not been getting hits recently like I had earlier. I felt I was still hitting the ball hard. There were a lot of balls which would have been hits if they would have been a little to the left or the right. I thought I have been still seeing the ball well."
"I felt pretty good tonight. There were a couple of batters I got behind. I got in a groove in the third and fourth innings. You have got to battle all the way through. It's not about me getting the win. It's about the team getting the win. The bullpen was lights out the rest of the way. At first, I struggled with my off-speed pitches. As the game went on, I got in the groove with the off-speed pitches. It was an inspiring performance for me."
LSU will play host to Tennessee in the opener of their three-game SEC series at The Box on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Volunteers (25-14) lost at East Tennessee State 9-7 on Tuesday night. Aaron Nola (7-1) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.