LSU finishes 3-0 this weekend
The LSU baseball team completed a 3-game sweep in weekend action as it defeated UNO Friday in Baton Rouge, 2-0, UNO in Metairie Saturday, 7-4, and Grambling Sunday in Baton Rouge, 6-0, all as part of the Major League Baseball Urban Invitational.
LSU 6, Grambling 0
In his first career collegiate start, LSU freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ pitched six innings of scoreless baseball Sunday in the Tigers’ win against Grambling at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge
Poche’, a Lutcher native, struck out three and only allowed four hits with no walks in Sunday’s victory.
Also in his collegiate start, second baseman Kramer Robertson provided spectacular defensive work and scored three runs to fuel the LSU offense.
LSU got its first run of the day in the bottom of the second when centerfielder Andrew Stevenson singled to left field to bring home catcher Kade Scivicque.
While leftfielder Chris Sciambra was at the plate, Stevenson and Robertson executed a double steal, allowing Stevenson to score.
The bottom of the fourth produced two more runs for LSU as Sciambra hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score designated hitter Dakota Dean, and shortstop Alex Bregman hit a fly out in foul territory to score Robertson.
In the bottom of the sixth, Robertson scored on a throwing error by Grambling catcher Roger Diaz.
In the bottom of the seventh, first baseman Chris Chinea hit a solo home run to left field. It was LSU’s first home run this year and the first of Chinea’s career.
Grambling’s Brock Baker (0-1) was charged with the loss. Baker pitched 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs with three walks and one strikeout.
Grambling fell to 0-3 with the loss.
LSU 7, UNO 4
Junior left-hander Kyle Bouman worked five strong innings in his LSU debut and designated hitter Sean McMullen highlighted a three-run second inning with a two-RBI single as the second-ranked Tigers defeated New Orleans at Zephyr Field.
Bouman (1-0), a transfer from Jefferson County (Mo.) Community College, surrendered a run on three hits in the first inning Saturday but settled in and retired the final 13 batters he faced. He recorded no walks and one strikeout in his five-inning outing.
The Privateers took a 1-0 lead against Bouman in the bottom of the first, but the Tigers responded with three runs in the second. Second baseman Conner Hale lined an RBI single and McMullen drilled a two-run single to highlight the rally.
LSU added a run in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Stevenson, and the Tigers extended the lead to 6-1 in the fourth when Bregman slapped an RBI single and leftfielder Mark Laird scored on a passed ball.
Back-to-back doubles by Bregman and rightfielder Jared Foster in the sixth gave LSU a 7-1 advantage.
LSU recorded 13 hits in Saturday’s game.
UNO rallied Saturday with three runs in the sixth, benefitting from three walks issued by junior right-hander Brady Domangue. A two-run single by pinch hitter Jonathan Santana was the lone hit of the inning and trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 7-4.
LSU junior left-hander Henri Faucheux, who gave up Santana’s single, struck out the side in the seventh, and freshman right-hander Alden Cartwright worked a perfect eighth inning.
Freshman right-hander Parker Bugg picked up his first career save, striking out the final two UNO hitters with the bases loaded.
LSU 2, UNO 0
LSU junior right-hander Aaron Nola pitched six scoreless innings Friday night, scattering four hits in the second-ranked Tigers’ win against the University of New Orleans in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The win was LSU’s 13th straight in a season-opening game. The contest was played before a paid crowd of 12,472, the second-largest attendance figure in LSU baseball history.
Nola (1-0) fired 81 pitches Friday night, recording no walks and six strikeouts in the victory. Junior Joe Broussard provided two innings of strong relief work, allowing one walk with two strikeouts.
Senior right-hander Kurt McCune worked a scoreless ninth for the save. McCune struck out two Privateers and forced a groundout to close the game.
The Tigers scored in the third inning when Bregman lined an RBI single to right field to score Hale.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Scivicque provided the first RBI of his LSU career with a sacrifice fly to center field, which scored junior third baseman Christian Ibarra.
Starter Raymond Winter (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Privateers. Winter allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts. UNO relievers Darron McKigney and Seth Laigast combined to blank the Tigers during the final three innings.
LSU (3-0) will return to action Wednesday when it faces Southeastern Louisiana (2-1) in Hammond at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. First pitch is at 6 p.m. on Cox Sports Television and the LSU Sports Radio Network.