Ryan Eades threw eight shutout innings and Christian Ibarra hit two home runs as LSU defeated Missouri 8-0 at Taylor Stadium in Columbia on Saturday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU second inning - With one out, Ibarra hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 1, MISSOURI 0
LSU fourth inning - Alex Bregman hit a lead-off homer over the leftfield fence. After Raph Rhymes flied out, Mason Katz also homered over the leftfield fence. LSU 3, MISSOURI 0
LSU fifth inning - With two out, Mark Laird singled. Bregman reached on an error by third baseman Shane Segovia. Rhymes drove home Laird with a single. Katz brought in Bregman and Rhymes with a triple. Ibarra hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 8, MISSOURI 0
LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
First inning - Sean McMullen doubled and Laird walked. Bregman hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Rhymes stranded McMullen at third base by grounding out to shortstop.
LSU HITTING STAR
Ibarra became the second LSU player to hit two home runs in a game this season. Katz had hit two homers twice in a game this year. Ibarra gave LSU a 1-0 lead with his homer in the second. His second round-tripper capped a five-run LSU fifth inning. Ibarra, who flied out to centerfield in his other two plate appearances, had hit one home run in LSU's first 26 games.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Eades threw a career-high eight innings in picking up his sixth victory of the season. Eades had won a total of nine games in his first two years in the program. Eades was particularly tough with runners in scoring position. Missouri was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position against Eades. Missouri stranded ten runners - six in scoring position. Eades was backed up by some stellar defense as his teammates turned three double plays. Missouri had a runner reach at least second base in each of the first five innings. With two runners on base and two out in the opening inning, Case Munson hit into a force play. Eades got Segovia to pop up to the third baseman Ibarra and Logan Pearson to fly out to the leftfielder Rhymes with a runner on second and one out in the second. After allowing one-out singles by Dane Opel and Dylan Kelly in the third, Eades got Kendall Keeton to hit into a double play. Missouri started the fourth with Munson and Jake Ivory getting singles. Josh Lester then hit into a double play and Segovia struck out. With two men on base and two out in the fifth, Keeton got an infield hit to shortstop. But, Bregman caught Pearson rounding the bag too far at third and threw him out. In Eades' last inning, he struck out Ivory and Lester with two runners on base. Eades scattered nine hits, walked three and struck out five.
The relievers almost got a complete night off. Nick Rumbelow threw the ninth and retired Missouri in order with two strikeouts.
The start of the game was pushed back from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. due to rains which came through Columbia. . .McMullen batted first in the lineup and served as the designated hitter. He reached base twice - on a double and a walk - in four plate appearances. . .Tyler Moore batted for McMullen in the eighth and collected a single. . .Bregman extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his fourth-inning homer. That was Bregman's only hit in five plate appearances. . .Katz, who had a single, a double and a home run, extended his hitting streak to seven games. The homer was Katz' 12th of the season and the 29th of his career. Katz and Ibarra drove in six of LSU's eight runs. . .JaCoby Jones snapped a 0-for-20 slide with a single in the fourth. . .LSU only put five runners in scoring position. LSU batters were 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position. . .All five of LSU's runs in the fifth were unearned due to Segovia's error. Rhymes, Katz and Ibarra had run-scoring two-out hits in the inning. . .Missouri starting pitcher Brett Graves allowed three runs - all on homers - and five hits in four innings. . .Bregman was the middle man on two double plays and touched second base and threw to first for a third twin-killing. Bregman also committed an error, his seventh of the season. . .Opel, Keeton and Ivory each had two of Missouri's nine hits. . .LSU shut out the same opponent in back-to-back games for the first time in eight seasons. The Tigers defeated Arkansas 7-0 and 6-0 in consecutive games at Fayetteville in 2005. . .LSU is 25-2 overall, 7-1 in the SEC. The only other LSU team to win 25 of their first 27 games was the 1986 squad. . .LSU, which has won seven games in a row, remained tied with Vanderbilt for first place in the overall SEC standings. The Commodores defeated Tennessee 8-3 on Saturday. . .Missouri is 9-14 overall, 2-6 in the SEC.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Paul Mainieri
"That was another tremendous effort by Ryan Eades. He battles with every pitch and our defense was outstanding behind him throughout the game. He did a great job in working out of jams and the three double plays we turned provided a big boost. The conditions for hitting were much more favorable tonight than they were last night. Our aggressive approach at the plate allowed us to give Ryan a comfortable lead."
LSU will play Missouri at Taylor Stadium in Columbia on Sunday at 1 p.m. Cody Glenn (4-1, 2.27 ERA) will be LSU's starting pitcher.