LSU baseball sweeps weekend contests
LSU freshman Jake Fraley hit a three-run home run Sunday, and freshman Jared Poché threw seven strong innings in a 4-1 victory against Texas Southern in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Poché (2-0) was credited with the win after scattering four hits in seven innings, allowing one run and striking out seven.
The Tigers started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single by Danny Zardon plated.
LSU scored three runs in the fourth inning after Fraley hit his first homer of his career over the right field wall.
Texas Southern got on the board in the top of the seventh on Chris DeLeon’s RBI single.
Texas Southern pitcher Devin Kanorik (1-1) was the losing pitcher after giving up four earned runs on three hits and two walks in 4.2 innings pitched.
LSU routs Toledo
LSU used an eight-run fifth inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing double from senior right fielder Sean McMullen, to power past Toledo, 15-1, Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Junior left-hander Kyle Bouman (2-0) was credited with the win after allowing seven hits, one earned run and striking out three in six innings.
The Rockets struck first in the top of the second inning after an RBI single from Zack Michael.
LSU responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning on Kramer Robertson’s RBI double off Toledo third-baseman John Martillotta’s glove.
The Tigers scored again in the bottom of the third inning with three runs — a two-RBI triple by Andrew Stevenson and an RBI single by Robertson.
LSU plated three more runs in the fourth inning, while in the fifth, the Tigers exploded for eight runs.
Sean McMullen scored on a fielder’s choice, while Jarret DeHart and Tyler Moore followed with RBI singles.
Later in the inning, the Tigers plated more runs via Fraley’s two-RBI single up the middle.
Sean McMullen concluded the scoring with a three-RBI double.
Palmer (1-1) was charged with the loss after allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks in 2.1 innings pitched.
LSU shuts out
Junior right-hander Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball Friday night as LSU downed Virginia Tech, 9-0, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Nola (2-0) fired 87 pitches and recorded eight strikeouts and one walk without allowing a hit. It was the deepest an LSU pitcher worked without surrendering a hit since April 15, 1995, when right-hander Brian Winders recorded 8.2 hitless innings at Ole Miss.
Alden Cartwright and Zac Person relieved Nola for the final two innings and allowed a hit apiece.
LSU struck for four runs in the second inning after a RBI single by Stevenson was followed by a three-run home run from McMullen.
In the third inning, LSU plated three runs via a two-RBI double by Ibarra and a single by Moore.
The Tigers produced two runs in the fourth inning with a Chris Chinea sacrifice fly and Ibarra’s RBI single.
Virginia Tech’s Brad Markey (1-1) was charged with the loss. Markey went 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs — one earned — on six hits and a walk.
No. 2 LSU (7-0) returns home Tuesday to face 14-ranked UL-Lafayette (7-1) at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network.