POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:21pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:22am
BATON ROUGE, LA — A seven-run sixth inning Wednesday night highlighted sixth-ranked LSU’s 9-0 win over South Alabama at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Nine pitchers combined to record the Tigers’ eighth shutout of the season.
LSU (18-4, 1-2 SEC) plays host to Georgia (14-8, 1-2 SEC) this weekend at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field for the first home SEC series of the year. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television. Fans can also listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).
“I thought our guys came out ready to play tonight and delivered a solid performance,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “From the fourth inning on, our pitching was outstanding. All of the guys who came out of the pen threw the ball extremely well. The goal was to get them all in the game and prepare them for this weekend, so mission accomplished.”
LSU catcher Kade Scivicque hit his second home run of the year in the fourth inning Wednesday night to give LSU a 1-0 lead.
Conner Hale led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to right field. A throwing error by the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt from Christian Ibarra moved Hale to third. Jake Fraley then hit a sacrifice fly to plate Hale to make it 2-0.
LSU erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning to push the lead to 9-0. With runners on second and third, Scivicque singled through the left side to score Mark Laird. Andrew Stevenson followed with a single to left-centerfield to score Bregman.
With the bases loaded, South Alabama brought in James Traylor to pitch. Jared Foster entered the game as a pinch hitter and hit a three-run double down the left field line. With two outs, Sean McMullen laced an RBI double to left field to plate Foster.
Pinch hitter Chris Sciambra reached on a fielding error by the pitcher, and McMullen scored on the play.
Scivicque finished 3-for-3 on the night with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored.
Junior left-hander Henri Faucheux (1-0), the third of nine LSU pitchers, earned his first win of the year. Faucheux (1-0) worked 1.1 scoreless innings, limiting the Jaguars to no hits with no walks and one strikeout.
South Alabama starter Matt Bell (2-3) was charged the loss as he allowed four runs on five hits in five innings with no walks and two strikeouts.