"When we played Southeastern last month they were batting like .252," LSU head coach Smoke Laval. "I am not sure about the numbers exactly, but I think they are somewhere around .282 now, that is 30 points in a month. They came out swinging it."
LSU (27-13-1) pounded out 15 hits, six of which went for extra bases, as the Tigers prepare for this weekend's upcoming SEC series with the Tennessee Volunteers. The Tigers faceoff with the Vols in game one Friday night at 6:30. Saturday's first pitch has been moved back to 6 p.m. to accommodate television in Knoxville.
"Knock on wood," Laval said. "I hope they (Tennessee) don't come in here playing as well as some teams have come in here playing on the road."
While things got a bit dicey during the mid-innings, LSU took complete control of the game from the onset.
The Lions (13-25) drew first blood when second baseman Russell Taylor drilled a Jason Determann pitch over the left centerfield wall. However, LSU wasted no time raining on Southeastern's parade with five runs in the home half of the second stanza as the floodgates begin to open.
The Tigers tacked on a pair of two run innings in the third and fourth innings widening their lead to 9-1 after four complete frames.
But SLU would not be denied finally getting to Determann in the sixth.
"I hit a little wall out there, kind of run out of steam," Determann said. "I hadn't gone that long this year. I felt myself get a little tired there toward the end."
Before the sixth, Determann had been sharp allowing just one Southeastern run on two hits. By the time he left the game, the Baton Rouge freshman had surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts.
The game resembled last week's 8-0 win over Tulane where the Tigers tallied all runs in the first three innings and set the cruise control the rest of the way. It almost cost LSU on Tuesday.
"I think it had more to do with the other team being more focused because it is getting kind of embarrassing," Laval said. "They started swinging it better and clogged it up there in the middle."
After SLU closed the gap in the sixth, the Lions plated just one more run the rest of the way while the Tigers brought home two runs in the sixth and a three-spot in the seventh posting the final tally.
"We strung it out a little longer than we would have liked," Gill said. "But we finally got it over with."