Sean McMullen and Alex Bregman each had three hits to help LSU defeat UNO 7-4 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Zephyr Field in Metairie.
HOW THEY SCORED
UNO first inning - With two out, Cameron Hoffman and Reese Kanter singled. Hoffman scored on a single by Samuel Capielano. UNO 1, LSU 0
LSU second inning - Kade Scivicque was hit by a pitch. After Christian Ibarra grounded out to the pitcher and Andrew Stevenson flied out to centerfield, Tyler Moore walked. Scivicque scored on a single by Conner Hale. A wild pitch by Alex Smith moved Moore to third and Hale to second. Both Moore and Hale scored on a single by McMullen. LSU 3, UNO 1
LSU third inning - With two out, Scivicque doubled. Scivicque advanced to third on a single by Ibarra and scored on a single by Stevenson. LSU 4, UNO 1
LSU fourth inning - Hale singled and moved to second on a balk by Blake Prest. McMullen walked and was forced at second base on Mark Laird's grounder to the second baseman. Laird advanced to second on a wild pitch by Prest. Hale scored on a single by Bregman. Laird scored on a passed ball by Shayne LeRouge. LSU 6, UNO 1
LSU sixth inning - With one out, Bregman doubled and scored on a double by Jared Foster. LSU 7, UNO 1.
UNO sixth inning - With one out, pinch-hitter Zach Liberto, Hoffman and Kanter walked. Liberto scored on a sacrifice fly to Stevenson in centerfield by Capielano. After a walk to pinch-hitter Zane Pitzer, Hoffman and Kanter scored on a single by pinch-hitter Jonathan Santana. LSU 7, UNO 4
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
First inning - McMullen singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laird. McMullen was picked off second base by Smith. Bregman singled and stole second base. Foster flied out to leftfield.
Fifth inning - Ibarra walked. After Stevenson flied out to leftfield, Ibarra went to second on a single by Moore. Hale forced Moore at second base with a ground ball to the pitcher. McMullen struck out.
Eighth inning - McMullen doubled. Laird flied out to leftfield. Bregman flied out to rightfield. Foster grounded out to third base.
Ninth inning - With one out, Ibarra was hit by a pitch. Ibarra advanced to second on a wild pitch by Hunter Medine. Stevenson flied out to leftfield and pinch-hitter Danny Zardon flied out to rightfield.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
After going hitless with two strikeouts in the season-opener Friday, McMullen had three hits and two runs batted in Saturday. He led off the game with a single. However, McMullen was picked off second base by Smith right before Bregman singled. McMullen delivered a two-out, two-run single in the second which broke a 1-1 tie. He drew a walk in LSU's two-run fourth inning. McMullen's third hit was a leadoff double in the eighth. McMullen, who was the designated hitter, also stole a base. He struck out with runners at first and third and two out in the fifth.
Kyle Bouman threw an effective five innings in his LSU debut. Bouman allowed just three batters to reach base - successive two-out singles by Hoffman, Kanter and Capielano in the first inning. Bouman retired the final 13 batters he faced as he picked up the victory. Bouman, who struck out one, got seven outs on ground balls and seven outs on fly balls.
Four Tigers pitchers made their collegiate debuts Saturday - junior college transfers Brady Domangue and Henri Faucheux and freshmen Alden Cartwright and Parker Bugg. Of the four, only Cartwright delivered a clean performance. After getting an out on a line drive to Hale at second base to start the sixth, Domangue loaded the bases with three walks. He allowed a run to score on a sacrifice fly. Faucheux came in from the bullpen and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. Faucheux then allowed a two-run single by Santana. With the tying run at the plate, Faucheux retired Chaz Boyer on a pop up to Scivicque at first base. Faucheux struck out the side in the seventh. Cartwright had a one-two-three eighth on a pop up to Hale and fly balls to Laird in leftfield and Stevenson. Bugg registered the save, but not without some anxious moments in the ninth. Jonathan Coco singled and Santana was hit by a pitch. Bugg struck out Boyer, but hit Mitchell Alexander with a pitch. He then struck out both Dane Landry and Liberto to end the game.
Stevenson was back in the lineup in centerfield after not starting the opener because of a leg injury. He was 1-for-5 with a RBI single in the third. McMullen went back to his normal designated hitter role. Moore caught and Scivicque played first base. Moore was 1-for-3 with a walk, while Scivicque was 1-for-4 with a double. . .Zardon got his first college at-bat in the ninth as a pinch-hitter for Moore and flied out to centerfield. Chris Chinea caught the bottom of the ninth. . .Bregman had two singles and a double. His fourth-inning single drove in a run. . .Hale had his second straight two-hit game. . .Foster, who was 0-for-4 on Friday, got his first hit of the season - a RBI double in the sixth. . .Ibarra reached base three times on a single, a walk and a hit batter. . .Laird was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. . .LSU stranded ten runners, eight in scoring position. The Tigers were 6-for-21 with runners in scoring position. . .LSU got run-scoring two-out hits from Hale, McMullen and Stevenson. . .For the second consecutive game, the Tigers did not commit an error. . .UNO collected five hits - just two after the first inning. The Privateers picked up nine hits in the two games. . .Zach Reboulet, who started at third base for UNO, is the son of fomer LSU infielder Jeff Reboulet. . .Bugg hit two batters after Aaron Nola hit three batters Friday. . .UNO was 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. . .Smith gave up five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. . .LSU has won 30 consecutive games against in-state opponents. Its last loss to a Louisiana school came against Northwestern State in 2011. . .The Tigers are 2-0. They have won their first two games every season since Paul Mainieri became coach in 2007. . .UNO is 0-2. . .The paid attendance was 7,071.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
"Kyle Bouman is a strike-thrower who can keep hitters off balance. He did a fantastic job. After the first inning, he really found his rhythm and gave us a great outing."
"I was pleased with the way we responded after UNO took the lead. We swung the bats better than we did last night. We need to continue to build on this momentum, carry it through Sunday's game and finish the weekend strong."
"All five of the pitchers we saw today were making their LSU debuts. It was the first time for each of them to pitch at this level in front of a large crowd. They handled the pressure well for the most part."
LSU will play host to Grambling at The Box at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Grambling (0-2) lost to Southern 7-5 on Saturday afternoon. Jared Poche will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Grambling game will be broadcast on the MLB Network.