LSU bounces back with rout of S. Alabama

LSU recovered from a disappointing weekend with a 9-0 victory against South Alabama on Wednesday. The Tigers took advantage of a seven-run sixth inning to fuel the rout.

South Alabama's bus broke down Wednesday on the way to Baton Rouge. LSU sent them a replacement to get to the stadium on time.

After the game's result, the Jaguars may have wished that second bus never arrived.

The No. 6 Tigers took advantage of a seven-run sixth inning to rout visiting USA, 9-0, at Alex Box Stadium. LSU rebounded in a big way from Saturday's two losses to Vanderbilt, and the Tigers head into a weekend series with Georgia with a much better taste in their mouths.

"It was good to get back on the horse today, that's for sure," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We've turned the page from Saturday."

Though the final score may not show it, Mainieri called the game's first three innings a "struggle" for his club. LSU mustered just one base hit through the first 12 batters until Kade Scivicque provided the spark with a solo home run to deep left field.

That put the Tigers ahead, and LSU would add one more in the next inning off a Jake Fraley sacrifice fly before opening it up in the sixth.

Mark Laird got it all started with a leadoff double to start a streak of four consecutive hits to open the inning. Scivicque and Andrew Stevenson each brought in a run to make it 4-0 before Conner Hale's sacrifice bunt moved a pair into scoring position.

An intentional walk to Christian Ibarra loaded the bases for Jared Foster, who came off the bench and delivered a three-run double down the left field line.

"I was really happy that he came through in a big way," Mainieri said. "That'll give him a lot of confidence going into the weekend."

Sean McMullen would add one more with a RBI-double and he'd come around to score on an error to make it 9-0 after six innings.

"Finally we started to swing the bats with some more aggressiveness, and we had that big inning," Mainieri said.

LSU used every available pitcher Wednesday — nine total — to put together its eighth shutout of the season.

Cody Glenn kicked it off, pitching two innings in preparation for a possible start Sunday in place of an injured Kyle Bouman. He surrendered three hits and worked out of a jam in the second thanks to some slick defense by Kramer Robertson.

The Jaguars had put a pair in scoring position with two outs, when USA RF Cameron Cummings sent a grounder up the middle. Robertson ranged to his right and made the throw to get Glenn out of trouble.

"It was a little bit of a struggle for him," Mainieri said of Glenn's performance. "He couldn't get the left-handers out, which was a little bit alarming. But thank goodness for some great plays."

After Glenn, eight different pitchers combined to complete the final seven frames, only surrendering two hits the rest of the way. Kurt McCune struck out the side in his inning of work, and Brady Domangue, Henri Faucheux and Joe Broussard each recorded a K in their appearances.

"It was a great effort by our entire pitching staff and our pitching coach Alan Dunn," Mainieri said. "They had a great plan and went out there and executed it."

The Tigers' next outing will be Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Georgia Bulldogs. Aaron Nola will be on the bump for LSU.

"We got SEC play at The Box Friday night," Mainieri said. "Should be exciting."


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