LSU sets record with 11th shutout of season

The LSU pitching staff turned in another dominant performance Wednesday, holding Lamar scoreless in a 5-0 victory. That marked the Tigers' 11th shutout this season, which sets a school record.

No. 8 LSU set a school record Wednesday against Lamar with its 11th shutout of the season.

Nine different Tiger pitchers held Lamar scoreless for the 5-0 victory, LSU's fifth straight. The Tigers had only four hits in the game, but took advantage of six walks to manufacture the runs.

But with another dominant outing from the pitchers, LSU didn't need much offense.

"We don't have an overpowering staff this year," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We don't have the depth of power arms like we've had in the past, but we're getting a lot out of them…That's a nice record to have, and hopefully we can extend it."

The scoring started early as LSU scraped together a run in the first without a hit. Sean McMullen walked to start the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Mark Laird bunted him to third, and Alex Bregman's groundout to second brought him in.

The Tigers added two more in the next inning on a sacrifice fly and an error by the first baseman.

"With a three-run lead early, it puts a lot of pressure on the other team," Mainieri said. "It's a formula in today's era of college baseball."

LSU would score two more in the fifth inning. Kade Scivcique walked to open that frame, the Tigers' fourth leadoff walk of the game, and came around to score on an Andrew Stevenson double off the right field wall.

Tyler Moore brought in Stevenson with a single to left field.

Meanwhile, the LSU pitching staff never faced much of a threat from the Lamar offense. The Cardinals never advanced a runner past first base and struck out 12 times.

Henri Faucheux kicked it off with his first career start in a LSU uniform. He struck out a pair on two hits in two innings of work. He gave way to Hunter Devall, who struck out a career-high four batters in his two innings.

Nate Fury worked around a single and a walk in the fifth, then Parker Bugg and Kurt McCune each threw a perfect inning in the sixth and seventh. Zac Person and Brady Domangue combined to finish off the eight, and three different Tigers closed out a scoreless ninth to seal the win.

"Our pitchers did a tremendous job, every one of them," Mainieri said. "[Pitching coach Alan Dunn] called his usual awesome game, and it was a good formula for success tonight."

Next up for LSU is a three-game series against Arkansas at Alex Box Stadium this weekend. The Razorbacks are coming off a series victory against South Carolina and have one of the better pitching staffs in the conference.


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