POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:58pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — For the third straight game, No. 1 LSU (32-2) sent nine batters to the plate in the opening frame, as the Tigers posted a 16-2 victory over Southern (12-14) Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU’s 16 runs on the night marks the most runs scored in a game this season. The Tigers have now won 14 straight and 27 of their last 28 games.
LSU resumes SEC play on Friday as it travels to Fayetteville, Ark. to take on Arkansas (24-10) in a three-game series.
“We’re glad to get our mid-week games out of the way and focus on facing Arkansas this weekend,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “I was pleased that we got all of our position players into the game tonight and everyone was able to make a contribution. We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing at Arkansas - it’s a tough environment and we certainly respect their program, but we’re not going to be in awe of anyone. We’ve had some tremendous ball games with them over the years, and this weekend should provide the same type of excitement.”
Southern jumped ahead in the first inning Wednesday on an RBI single from third baseman Kevin Williams.
LSU junior outfielder Sean McMullen led off the bottom of the first inning with one of his three hits on the night. He later scored on a laser to center from shortstop Alex Bregman, who extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games.
LSU scored another run in the first with a single from senior first baseman Mason Katz, marking his NCAA-leading 60th RBI of the season.
RBIs from senior outfielder Raph Rhymes and Katz gave LSU two more runs in the second inning.
The Tigers exploded for seven runs in the fourth off of the bats of Rhymes, Katz and third baseman Christian Ibarra, who delivered a three-run double off of the left-centerfield wall.
Second baseman JaCoby Jones later scored Ibarra with a double and continued running home after a Southern throwing error, giving the Tigers a commanding 12-2 advantage.
Three more runs came in the sixth after an RBI single to right from sophomore infielder Tyler Moore and a two-RBI single from junior catcher Ty Ross.
LSU starting pitcher Hunter Devall (3-0) earned the victory in his first career start, allowing one run on one hit in two innings of work.
Southern starting pitcher Zephan Rochelle (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout in three innings.