UNO may need to try another city.
LSU (4-0) used a six-run first inning and five solid innings from starter Tyler Jones to route the New Orleans Privateers, 13-0, at Alex Box Stadium on Tuesday night.
The loss is UNO’s third in five days in the Capital City after Southern downed the Privateers twice over the weekend.
LSU exploded for their second six-run first inning in four games to set the stage for a stress-free night at the Box.
Eight consecutive Tigers reached base in the six-run first. Raph Rhymes singled. Tyler Hanover was hit by a pitch, and Mikie Mahtook plated them with an RBI double down the left field line. After Mahtook swiped third base, Beau Boudreaux booted an Austin Nola ground ball scoring Mahtook.
Mason Katz, who was two for two and scored three runs, followed with a bunt single before Alex Edward, Ty Ross and Jacoby Jones hit consecutive RBI singles to give LSU a 6-0 lead. The single was Edward’s first of the season. The sophomore broke out after a rough weekend, collecting a pair of hits in his two at bats.
The early offense was more than enough for Tyler Jones.
The lanky JUCO transfer overpowered UNO over five innings, striking out six and allowing just three hits to record his first win as a Tiger.
“I thought he set the tone for the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He came out and threw really hard. He pounded the strike zone. I thought he showed remarkable poise and composure for his first time in Alex Box Stadium.”
As Jones continued to deal, the Tiger bats kept working.
LSU tacked on two more runs in the third. Nola tripled to left center, Katz hustled into second for an RBI double to shallow center and moved to third on an Edward single, and Ross’ sac fly pushed Katz across to make the lead 8-0.
Watkins then led off the fourth with a mammoth blast over the left field bleachers.
LSU scored three unearned runs in the fifth, the big blow on a two-run double coming off Rhymes’ bat. Rhymes drove in three runs on the evening. His two hits improved his batting average to .437 (7-16) through his first four games in an LSU uniform.
“I’m just trying to get on base any way I can to help the team out,” Rhymes said. “Batting in two hole, I just need to get on base and let them drive me in, and that’s what I did.”
Daniel Bradshaw, Samuel Peterson, former Privateer Kevin Berry and Matty Ott combined to throw four one-hit innings of scoreless relief behind Tyler Jones (1-0).
“I thought all the guys threw well,” Mainieri said. “It was nice to see Samuel Peterson get out there on the mound. You can see what we like about him. He throws strikes, and he’s got a nice curveball. He could be the next Paul Bertuccini-type pitcher for us.”
Holy Cross is up next for the Tigers. Game One of the three-game set is Friday at 7 p.m.