Kade Scivicque had three hits and drove in two runs as LSU captured a first-round bye in the Southeastern Conference tournament with an 8-1 victory against Auburn at Plainsman Park on Saturday afternoon.
?HOW THEY SCORED
Auburn first inning - Anfernee Grier hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. AUBURN 1, LSU 0
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LSU second inning - Andrew Stevenson doubled. After Conner Hale grounded out to the pitcher, Stevenson scored on a single by Tyler Moore, who was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw to the plate. Scivicque hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 2, AUBURN 1
LSU fourth inning - With one out, Hale doubled. Hale moved to third on a ground out to the second baseman by Moore and scored on a single by Scivicque. LSU 3, AUBURN 1
LSU seventh inning - Scivicque doubled. Scivicque moved to third and Christian Ibarra was safe at first on a dropped throw by second baseman Dan Glevenyak on a bunt. Scivicque scored when Mark Laird forced Ibarra at second on a ground ball to the first baseman. Alex Bregman singled and Jake Fraley walked to load the bases. Laird scored on a walk to Sean McMullen. Bregman and Fraley scored on a single by Stevenson. McMullen scored on a ground out to the shortstop by Hale. LSU 8, AUBURN 1
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Scivicque broke out of a slump which had lasted six weeks. Scivicque gave LSU the lead for good with a solo homer in the second inning. He put LSU on top 3-1 with a two-out, RBI single in the fourth. Then, Scivicque doubled to start a five-run seventh inning for LSU. Scivicque, who was 3-for-4, had his first multiple-hit game since April 6 against Mississippi State. Since that game against the Bulldogs, Scivicque was 7-for-53. The home run was Scivicque's fifth of the season - his first since that April 6 game against Mississippi State.
Making his first SEC start in five weeks, Kyle Bouman limited Auburn to one run and four hits in five innings. The five-inning outing was the longest for Bouman since he went 6.2 innings against Purdue on March 8. Bouman, who walked one and struck out two, won his fourth game of the season. The one run he yielded came on a home run by Grier, the first batter he faced. Bouman stranded runners in scoring position in three innings. He got Sam Gillikin to ground out to the shortstop Bregman with a runner at second and two out in the second. Bouman struck out Blake Austin with runners at second and third and two out in the third. He retired Connor Short on a ground ball to the second baseman Hale with runners at first and second and two out in the fourth.
Four LSU pitchers combined to hold Auburn scoreless over the final four innings. Alden Cartwright got into trouble in the sixth when he yielded a pair of two-out singles. Zac Person replaced Cartwright and struck out pinch-hitter Blake Logan. Kurt McCune threw two shutout innings with one strikeout. Auburn put two runners on base with two out in the eighth on a hit batter and a single. McCune ended the threat by getting Ryan Tella to ground out to Bregman. Joe Broussard walked one and struck out in the ninth.
Facing Auburn starting pitcher Dillon Ortman for the second time in the series, LSU made just a couple of changes from its first lineup against him. Scivicque was the catcher, with Moore moving to first base. Danny Zardon went to the bench. . .Fraley extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the first inning. . .Moore also extended his hitting streak to six games with a run-scoring single in the second. . .Stevenson had two hits and two RBIs. . .Bregman, who singled in the seventh, has a four-game hitting streak. . .Laird and McMullen were the only two starters without a hit. . .LSU stranded seven runners, one in scoring position. LSU was 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position. . .Dillon Ortman, who was making his second start in the series, gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings. . .Auburn had seven hits - three by Glevenyak and two by Grier. The home run by Grier was his first of the year. . .LSU recorded its first road SEC sweep since last season against Missouri. . .LSU is 40-14-1 overall, 17-11-1 in the SEC. LSU finished third in the overall SEC standings. . .LSU posted 40 regular-season victories for the fourth time in Paul Mainieri's eight seasons as coach. LSU won 41 regular-season games in 2009, 42 in 2012 and 48 in 2013. . .Auburn is 28-28 overall, 10-20 in the SEC. Auburn and Missouri were the two teams who did not qualify for the SEC tournament. . .The paid attendance was 3,462.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"This weekend culminated an excellent regular season for our team. Getting 40 wins is a benchmark of excellence in college baseball. We had a difficult stretch in late March, but our guys have competed with great energy and enthusiasm. We're playing very well at the most important time of the year. We certainly enhanced our resume for the NCAA tournament by winning 40 games and finishing third in the best baseball conference in the country."
LSU will play the winner of Tuesday's Tennessee-Vanderbilt game in the SEC tournament at Hoover (Ala.) Metropolitan Stadium on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Jared Poche (8-3) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. LSU's game against either Tennessee or Vanderbilt will be broadcast on SportsSouth.