LSU sets record with 11-2 victory

LSU was able to defeat UNO and secure the school record for regular season wins in the modern era of college baseball on Tuesday night. The Tigers received a stellar performance from Hunter Newman and saw a lot of offensive production in their 11-2 victory.

No. 2 LSU (46-7) entered tonight's matchup with the University of New Orleans (7-41) with a chance to make history by surpassing the record for most wins in the 56-game schedule era. The Tigers did just that as they used two big innings to demolish the Privateers by a score of 11-2 and claim their 46th victory of 2013. Junior Sean McMullen was very happy to be a part of the history that was made at Alex Box Stadium tonight.

"It's awesome," said McMullen. "It's great to be a part of a team that can accomplish that, but we still have a lot of goals in front of us."

LSU got things started quickly in the first inning when they added the first five runs of the game to the scoreboard. McMullen led off the game with a triple to the right-center gap. Freshman Mark Laird scored him on a groundout to second on the very next play.

Things continued in that fashion as Alex Bregman, Mason Katz and Raph Rhymes all followed up the Laird groundout with singles through the left side of the infield. Christian Ibarra drove in a run and then JaCoby Jones brought one home with a single of his own. Ty Ross also singled in a run before Andrew Stevenson became the second out of the inning.

The Tigers added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jones, Ross, Laird and Katz all added singles. The Tigers produced single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Freshman Michael Barash also hit his first homerun as an LSU Tiger on Tuesday night.

Following the game, LSU coach Paul Mainieri was very please with what he saw out of his offense tonight.

"I thought the whole team played well," said Mainieri. "I think we had seven or eight quality at-bats in the first inning to start the game. That was against a pitcher that has had some success at times this year. Our base hits found holes. Our guys played hard and did what they had to do."

McMullen explained that the team had a goal in mind tonight and he believes that they achieved it.

"We just tried to have good at-bats tonight," said McMullen. "We try to find ways to get on base and produce runs. We did that tonight."

On the LSU pitching front, the Tigers received an exceptional start from freshman Hunter Newman. The right-hander went five innings tonight and only allowed one hit, while striking out three. The outing was the longest of Newman's career at LSU. After the game, Newman explained that he simplified his approach tonight and just focused on location.

"I just focused on my location and staying down in the zone," said Newman. "Doing that let my defense work behind me. I didn't know I was going to be out there that long, but my pitch count stayed down."

Mainieri was very happy with what he saw out of his freshman starter tonight.

"I thought Hunter was fantastic tonight," said Mainieri. "I thought Hunter set the tone early and threw the ball well. He really pounded the zone and he was throwing hard with some good curveballs. He's been getting better and this will be one for him to remember."

LSU got a total of seven pitchers into the game on Tuesday night and all of them had solid performances, except one. The LSU bullpen – which consisted of Will LaMarche, Brent Bonvillain, Hunter Devall, Joey Bourgeois, Nate Fury and Kevin Berry on Tuesday – finished the game by allowing five hits and two earned runs, while walking three.

Overall, Mainieri was satisfied with what he saw out of the bullpen tonight.

"We got all of the work done with our bullpen," said Mainieri. "Brent's outing was not so great, but most of the other guys threw the ball really well."

With the final midweek non-conference game of the season now in the books, Mainieri explained that Tuesday's game was eerily similar to another midweek matchup that they Tigers faced earlier this season.

"I was very satisfied tonight," said Mainieri. "It was very reminiscent of another one of our midweek games against McNeese State earlier this year. After that game, our guys felt good about themselves and we went into the Florida series and played really well. Hopefully, history will repeat itself."

The Tigers will hope things don't change as they head into their weekend series against No. 23 Ole Miss that will begin on Thursday night in The Box.

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