LSU bats explode again in 15-1 victory

The LSU offense exploded for the second consecutive night to fuel the Tigers to a 15-1 victory against Toledo on Saturday. Four Tigers drove in multiple runs and LSU capitalized on a big eight-run fourth inning to do in the Rockets.

For the second consecutive night LSU set a season-high run total, blitzing Toledo for a 15-1 victory Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers had a pair of three-run innings in the second and third before blowing it wide open with an eight-run fourth. The Tigers had four different players drive in multiple runs, and the LSU pitching staff limited Toledo to just one run behind another quality start from Kyle Bouman.

"Our guys showed a lot of poise and battled hard," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I thought we put in another good all-around performance out there, just like we did last night."

LSU has now scored 24 runs this weekend, two more than the Tigers had in the four previous games. LSU totaled 16 hits against the Rockets with Kramer Robertson and Kade Scivicque each turning in three-hit games.

Sean McMullen led the team with three RBI for the second consecutive night.

"I've been coaching a long time, and hitting is always the last thing to come around," Mainieri said. "It takes a while to get into the flow of the season. I've seen these kids. They're good hitters…Our hitters are very scrappy. They put a lot of balls in play."

Toledo actually took the lead to start the game. The Rockets drove in a run in the second inning on four singles. Toledo was threatening to add more with the bases loaded and one out, but Bouman escaped the jam with an inning-ending double play.

Toledo would only advance one base runner past first base for the remainder of the game, but never showed much promise of cutting into the deficit.

Bouman earned the second victory of his LSU career, allowing just one run on seven hits in six innings of work. He surrendered leadoff singles in each of the first four innings, but retired the last eight batters he faced.

"One thing I've always prided myself on is that when guys get on, I focus a little bit better and make some important pitches," Bouman said. "I just let my defense work for me."

Behind that solid pitching performance, LSU certainly didn't need that kind of offensive outburst, But that didn't stop the Tigers from laying into Toledo pitching.


Andrew Stevenson drove in a pair of runs Saturday
The Tigers tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the second courtesy of a Robertson double down the left field line. LSU would jump ahead in the next inning after a two-run triple by Andrew Stevenson, the Tigers' first three-bagger of the season. Robertson would tack on one more in the next at-bat to make it 4-1 after three.

LSU added three more in the fourth before an offensive explosion in the fifth. The Tigers struck for eight unearned runs in the inning and sent 11 batters to the plate. The only player to bat but not score in the inning was Bregman, and the Tigers did it all with only one extra base hit.

"We're finding our own groove," McMullen said. "We're just having good at-bats. That's leading to base hits, walks and a lot of RBI situations. Our teams really coming through."

The rest of the contest was just a formality as that 15-1 score held through the final 3 ½ innings. Hunter Devall, Henri Faucheaux and Nate Fury each contributed a scoreless inning in relief, and with the exception of Brady Domangue, the rest of that LSU bullpen hasn't surrendered a run this season.

The Tigers were also able to clear the bench early, and every available position player — besides Chris Chinea, who caught all nine innings Friday — made an appearance in the game.

"I'm trying to keep a lot of guys playing and keep them all fresh," Mainieri said. "I'm going to keep trying to get everybody some playing time, and if we ever have an injury or someone goes into a slump, we have some options."

The decisive victory moves LSU to 6-0 to start the season, and they'll look to complete the weekend sweep against Texas Southern on Sunday at 3 p.m. TSU is 2-5 on the season, and are 0-2 this weekend.

Jared Poche will take the mound for the Tigers, looking for the second win of his LSU career.

"We obviously have some good confidence right now," McMullen said. "We're honestly not trying to do too much. That's how we're going to try and stay consistent."


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