The carnage ended under mercy rule as a Will Harris home run in the bottom of the eighth gave LSU the mandatory 15-run win.
The Tigers were without head coach Smoke Laval who was serving a one-game suspension handed down by the SEC for a minor infraction."We really didn't take a different approach coming in," acting head coach Turtle Thomas said. "We basically went through the same routine."
Loyola's six runs were six more than the smallish crowd of 2,192 in attendance would have liked, especially after LSU (33-16-1) leapt out to an 8-0 lead after three innings of play.
"We warned the players this was a midweek game between series with Mississippi State and Auburn," Thomas said. "It could be a dangerous game if we allowed it to be so we wanted to jump out on them early."
It is said teams tend to play down to the level of its competition and that was the case at least for a couple of innings for the 8th-ranked Tigers. At any rate, LSU scored 21 runs, the most of the season, surpassing 17 runs in a Friday night win against Tennessee on April 25. The Tigers also strung together 20 hits, another season high.
Jake Tompkins (2-5) worked three perfect innings retiring the Wolf Pack in order in each of the first three frames. The senior right-hander then gave way to freshman Greg Smith, who was not nearly so sharp. Smith gave up a trio of runs in the fourth and a two-run blast in the fifth before finally getting the hook.
Loyola (18-33) got it as close as 8-5 in the fifth before the Tigers outscored the Wolf Pack 13-1 over the final four innings to complete the rout.
J.C. Holt flirted with the long ball most of the evening banging a pair of doubles off the center and right field walls.
"I thought I got the one to center," Holt said. "But then it hit off the top of the wall."
For the night, the sophomore centerfielder was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a pair of singles. He gained some much needed confidence at the plate as LSU heads into a critical weekend series with Auburn.
"This was a good game for us to get some confidence up," Holt said. "The last couple of games I have been seeing the ball well and I did again tonight."
Jon Zeringue was actually LSU's top hitter statistically going 4-for-4, all singles. Ivan Naccarata was 2-for-4 with a triple and a double while Aaron Hill was 2-for-4 with a double and single.
In all, 12 different LSU players collected a hit.
Tigers win by mercy rule over Loyola
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