Jared Foster's three-run double highlighted a seven-run sixth inning as LSU defeated South Alabama 9-0 in a non-conference game at The Box on Wednesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU fourth inning - With two out, Kade Scivicque hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 1, SOUTH ALABAMA 0
LSU fifth inning - Conner Hale doubled and moved to third base when pitcher Matt Bell made a throwing error on Christian Ibarra's sacrifice bunt. Hale scored on Jake Fraley's sacrifice fly to the leftfielder. LSU 2, SOUTH ALABAMA 0
LSU sixth inning - Mark Laird hit a double and advanced to third on a single by Alex Bregman. After Bregman stole second, Laird scored on a single by Scivcique. Bregman scored on a single by Andrew Stevenson. Following a sacrifice bunt by Hale, Ibarra was intentionally walked. Bregman, Scivicque and Stevenson scored on a pinch-hit double by Foster. After Kramer Robertson grounded out to the shortstop, Sean McMullen drove in Foster with a double. McMullen scored on an error by pitcher Hunter Soleymani. LSU 9, SOUTH ALABAMA 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Second inning - Scivicque singled and moved to second base on Stevenson's hit-and-run grounder to the second baseman. Hale reached on an error by shortstop Drew LaBounty. Ibarra grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
Eighth inning - With one out, Foster reached on an error by third baseman Andrew Tindell. Foster moved to second on Robertson's ground out to the third baseman. Cade Stone struck out.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Scivicque broke out a slump with three hits in as many plate appearances. He put LSU ahead with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second of the year. Scivicque is the first Tigers player with more than one homer. Scivicque had a run-scoring single in LSU's sixth-inning outburst. Scivicque's other hit was a second-inning single. The three-hit game was the fifth of the season for Scivicque. This was his first multiple-hit game since he had two hits against Purdue on March 9. Scivicque had been 1-for-13 since that game.
In his tuneup for a possible start Sunday against Georgia, Cody Glenn allowed three singles in two scoreless innings. Five of his six outs were on ground balls. South Alabama threatened in the single on one-out singles by Adam Ballew and Matt Wojciechowski. Glenn pitched out of the jam by getting LaBounty to ground out to the first baseman Hale and Cameron Cummings to ground out to the second baseman Robertson, who backhanded the ball behind second base.
Brady Domangue, the first of eight relievers, somehow escaped his own caused trouble spot in the third. Domangue hit Davis Knapp and made a throwing error on Bud Collura's bunt. Domangue retired Cole Gleason on a pop up Robertson and struck out Erik Hindmon. Matt Bolger singled to rightfield, but Laird threw Knapp out at the plate. Henri Faucheux was quite effective as he retired all four hitters he faced - one by strikeout. Faucheux, who picked up his first victory, has allowed a run in just one of his eight relief appearances. Nate Fury got into two-out problems in the fifth when Collura walked and Gleason singled. However, Fury got Hindmon to hit a ground ball to Robertson, who flipped to the shortstop Bregman for the force out at second. Zac Person got into trouble in the sixth with a walk and a throwing error on an attempted pickoff. Person kept South Alabama from scoring by getting Wojciechowski to ground out to Hale and LaBounty to fly out to Laird. Kurt McCune had his best outing of the season with a 1-2-3 seventh where all the outs were on strikeouts. Hunter Devall, Parker Bugg and Joe Broussard divided up the last two innings with each pitcher getting two outs. The eight relief pitchers gave up a total of two hits in seven innings.
South Alabama's bus broke down en route to Baton Rouge. The team didn't arrive at The Box until 5:10 p.m. The Jaguars took a shortened batting practice. . . Fraley made his first start of the season in leftfield. McMullen was the designated hitter. Scivicque was the catcher with Hale at first base and Robertson at second base. . .No one other than Scivicque had more than one hit for LSU. . .The Tigers had six hits in their seven-run sixth. LSU had no more than five hits in any of the three games last weekend at Vanderbilt. . .Ibarra, Fraley and Robertson were the only Tigers starters without a hit. . .LSU stranded four runners, two in scoring position. The Tigers were 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position. . .South Alabama starting pitcher Matt Bell allowed four runs and five hits in five-plus innings. . .The Jaguars stranded eight runners, five in scoring position. There were six errors in the game with four made by pitchers. Domangue and Person made errors for LSU. . .Gleason had two of South Alabama's five hits. . .The shutout was the eighth of the year for the Tigers pitching staff. LSU threw nine shutouts in 2013. . .The Tigers are 18-4, while South Alabama is 10-9. . .The paid attendance was 10,326. The actual crowd was 3,826.
"The first three innings were hard to watch. They had us on the ropes in the early innings. Cody Glenn couldn't get the lefthanded hitters out. It looked like they were going to get a two-run single and Kramer Robertson goes far to his right and makes a jump throw to first base. Then, Laird throws a guy out at the plate. We could have been down three or four runs."
"Kade Scivicque gave us a real spark. He had our first hit and then he hits a home run. He gave us some good at-bats. We finally got it cranked up. Hale gets a double in the corner. He goes to third and Fraley gets him in with a sacrifice fly. In the big inning, Foster comes off the bench and gets a three-run double. That was the highlight of the night for me. Maybe that swing will give him a lot of confidence. Before you know it, it was a one-sided game for us."
"I am undecided about Sunday (starting pitcher). I am going to stay undecided until I see who is available when Sunday comes. Glenn got through two shutout innings. That's what he's supposed to do. From the fourth inning on, we pitched awfully well."
"This was a good confidence-booster for me to put up a couple of zeros. I have really felt confident all year, but it was good to put up some zeros. This year has been frustrating. I have been good for all my outings as regards my stuff. My location has not been what it needs to be for me to have success. I am waiting for everything to line up for me."
LSU will play host to Georgia at The Box on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first game of the weekend series. Georgia (14-8, 1-2) lost its series at home to Mississippi State last weekend. Aaron Nola (4-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The game will be broadcast on CST.