Tyler Moore hit a two-run homer and Jared Poche won his third game as LSU defeated Northwestern State 8-1 in a non-conference game at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches on Thursday afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Sean McMullen walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Steven Spann. McMullen advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Laird and scored on Alex Bregman's ground out to the shortstop. LSU 1 NORTHWESTERN STATE 0
LSU third inning - Kramer Robertson walked and McMullen singled. Both runners moved up a base on Laird's ground out to the second baseman. Robertson scored on a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder by Bregman. LSU 2, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0
LSU fourth inning - With one out, Christian Ibarra walked. Stevenson reached on an error by pitcher Austin Tanner. Both runners moved up a base on a balk by Tanner. Ibarra scored on a wild pitch by Tanner. After Moore walked, Stevenson scored on Robertson's squeeze bunt. LSU 4, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0
Northwestern State fourth inning - With one out, Chase Daughdrill singled and advanced to third on a single by Edwin Gomez. Daughdrill scored on a sacrifice fly to Stevenson in centerfield. LSU 4, NORTHWESTERN STATE 1
LSU sixth inning - With one out, Ibarra doubled and moved to third on a single by Stevenson. Ibarra scored on a double steal. Moore hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence. LSU 7 NORTHWESTERN STATE 1
LSU ninth inning - Pinch-hitter Cade Stone walked and advanced to third on a single by Bregman. Stone scored when pinch-hitter Chris Sciambra grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. LSU 8, NORTHWESTERN STATE 1
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Second inning - Kade Scivicque singled and moved to second on Ibarra's ground out to the third baseman. Stevenson was hit by a pitch. Moore hit into an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play.
Eighth inning - Stevenson singled. Moore hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Robertson doubled. McMullen flied out to the centerfielder.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
McMullen and Stevenson both had two hits, but the key hit of the game came from Moore. With LSU holding a 5-1 lead in the sixth, Moore broke the game open with a two-run homer - his first of the season. Moore, who also drew a walk, hit into double plays in his other two-at-bats.
Making his initial road start, Poche had a couple of rough patches in his five innings. In the second, Northwestern State loaded the bases on singles by Regan Kaufman and Gomez and a walk to Lyons. Poche got out of the jam by striking out Nick Heath and getting Joel Atkinson to hit into a force play at second. In the fourth, the Demons scored a run on singles by Daughdrill and Gomez and a sacrifice fly by Lyons. Poche then walked Heath before striking out Atkinson to strand two runners. Poche, who is now 3-0, gave up five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Alden Cartwright and Hunter Devall each threw two shutout innings. Cartwright had a 1-2-3 sixth, but ran into trouble in the seventh. He gave up a single to Heath and walked Atkinson. After throwing a wild pitch, Cartwright struck out Bret Underwood and retired Caleb Dugas on a pop up to first baseman Conner Hale. Devall, who did not get an out in his appearance Sunday, allowed one batter to reach base in his two innings - Daughdrill on an eighth-inning walk. Devall recorded three strikeouts.
Scivicque was the catcher with Moore as the designated hitter. Hale started at first base and Robertson at second base once again. . .McMullen reached base three times with a walk, a single and a double. . .Laird, who was 0-for-3, went hitless for the second straight day. Laird was the only starter not to get a hit. . .Bregman extended his hitting streak to five games with a ninth-inning single. Bregman drove in runs without a hit in his first two at-bats on an infield out and a sacrifice fly. . .Stevenson has now hit safely in all 11 games in which he has had a plate appearance this season. . .LSU stranded six runners, five in scoring position. The Tigers were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. . .Northwestern State starting pitcher Steven Spann allowed two runs and two hits before being lifted after three innings. . .Gomez had two of the Demons' six hits. . .Thursday's game was LSU's first in Natchitoches in 11 seasons. The Tigers beat Northwestern State 6-4 in 2003. . .LSU is 11-2, while Northwestern State is 6-5. . .The paid attendance was 2,136.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"We wanted to give Jared the opportunity to start a game on the road in an unfamiliar environment. I thought he handled it very well. He competed with every pitch and worked his way out of some tough situations. Northwestern State is a very capable team. Jared did a great job in holding them to one run."
"I like the way our lineup is coming together. We're certainly not a power-laden team, but I like the way we handle the bat. Our hitters don't strike out often and we're able to generate offense with our running game."
LSU will play host to Purdue at The Box on Friday at 7 p.m. in the opener of a three-game series. The Boilermakers (1-7) were outscored 31-4 in a three-game sweep at Tennessee last month. Aaron Nola (3-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.