Tigers turn back Tulane 8-0

Five masterful innings from Jake Tompkins and a first inning, two-run blast from J.C. Holt helped LSU to an 8-0 shutout of the Tulane Green Wave Tuesday evening at Alex Box Stadium. <br><br> The game was the 273rd meeting between the two teams. The Tigers (25-11-1) recorded the first shutout of the series in seven years avenging a 5-4 loss earlier this season at Zephyr Field.

The last shutout came when LSU blanked the Wave 10-0 on February 27, 1996 at the Box. Tiger fans should remember that was the same game in which LSU great Warren Morris broke his hand.


Tompkins (1-3) notched his first win of the season making his 12th appearance of the year. The senior right-hander threw scoreless frames, striking out seven, walking one while giving up just one hit.


After a rough start to the season, a dominating performance was welcomed sign as the Tigers prepare for a three-game road trip to Vanderbilt this weekend.


"It makes all that hard work and struggling come to a head," Tompkins said. "It gives me a lot of confidence to have a game like at this time of the year."


Tompkins retired the first 11 batters he faced in a row not allowing a Tulane player to reach base until he beaned the Wave's Michael Aubrey with two outs in the fourth frame. Tulane's only hit off Tompkins was a leadoff single by Nathan Southard opening the fifth.


"It is like riding a bike," Tompkins said. "You never forget how, it always comes back. Today was that day."


Much different from the team's last meeting where LSU jumped out to a quick lead only to fade down the stretch, the Tigers put away coach Rick Jones' club swiftly with an early inning offensive onslaught. LSU posted three runs in the first inning, another in the second and four more in the third before coasting the rest of the way.


"Tompkins set the tone, J.C. gave us some breathing room and we were able to open it up and have some fun," LSU head coach Smoke Laval said.


After Bruce Sprowl drew a leadoff walk, Holt drilled an opposite field shot giving the Tigers a quick 2-0 advantage.


"I knew I had hit it well," Holt said. "The wind helped a little bit, but I knew I had hit it pretty good. I thought it might have gotten too high, but I saw the left fielder look up."


Ivan Naccarata singled to left and advanced to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Blake Gill. A Clay Harris sacrifice fly scored Naccarata giving LSU a 3-0 lead.


Tompkins took care of business in the top of the second, striking out the side.


Jon Zeringue doubled off the right field wall opening the second frame and moved to third on a wild pitch. Matt Liuzza grounded into a fielder's choice, but the groundball was enough to score Zeringue putting LSU in front 4-0.


Tulane (26-12) failed to solve the Tompkins riddle in the third going down on three slow rolling groundballs to first base.


The Tigers finished off the Green Wave in the home half of the third as the floodgates opened for four more LSU runs.


Aaron Hill led off with a bloop single to shallow right field. He moved over to second on a fielder's choice by Naccarata. Blake Gill ripped his second single of the game up the middle, scoring Hill.


Gill's knock sent Tulane freshman Matt Goebel to the showers after two and a third innings work. In that span, Goebel surrendered six runs, all earned, on six hits.


Reliever Brandon Gomes fared not better as Clay Harris rifled the first pitch Gomes delivered down the third base line for a single. An RBI double by Ryan Patterson scored Gill upping LSU's advantage to 6-0. Zeringue kept things going knocking in LSU's final two runs of the game on a single up the middle. Both Harris and Patterson came across closing out the scoring at 8-0 in the bottom of the third.


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