Baton Rouge, La.--LSU right-handed pitcher Alex Lange dominated Auburn allowing just five hits in a 4-0 victory over the visitors in an SEC baseball series opener on Thursday night.
Lange, who improved to 6-5, struck out nine Auburn batters and did not allow a walk. Lange became the first LSU player to pitch back-to-back complete games since Aaron Nola did four straight in 2013.
LSU improved to 33-17 overall and 16-9 in the conference despite managing just six hits vs. the visitors.
Auburn, which has now dropped five consecutive games including four straight in SEC play, is 14-11 in the league and 32-19 overall.
The highlights of the night for Auburn were three hits by Dylan Ingram along with 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief by Gabe Klobosits. He allowed just three hits while striking out four and walking one.
“He pitched well--give him a lot of credit,” Auburn coach Butch Thompson said of Lange. “No walks--I thought that was huge.”
The game started very badly for former LSU pitcher Andrew Mitchell in his return to Alex Box Stadium as the home team jumped on the lefty for three runs in the opening inning.
Mitchell gave up two singles, walked two batters and hit another to allow LSU to an early lead.
LSU stretched the lead to 4-0 in the second inning with just one hit, a two-out double by Antoine Duplantis.
Mitchell didn’t make it through the third inning as he was pulled with one out in favor of Klobosits after giving up three hits and five bases on balls.
“Glabe Klobosits, he saved our bullpen,” Thompson said. “It was his best outing of the year, by far.
“Hopefully, that serves us well,” the coach added. “The positive for us is still having (pitchers) Thompson and Mize in the next two starts trying to get a win on the road.”
The coach also had praise for Ingram. “Dylan didn’t try to do too much," Thompson said. "It was right back up the middle and he had multiple great at bats,” Thompson said. “He’s the guy that saw Lange the best. He had a really good night and we’re going to need more of those type of approaches to come out here and get a game tomorrow.”
Auburn is scheduled to start junior Keegan Thompson for Friday’s 7 p.m.game while LSU is scheduled to throw senior lefty Jared Poche (8-3, 3.33 ERA). Casey Mize is scheduled to pitch the noon start on Saturday.