LSU gets historic win against Demons

The Tigers' recorded their largest ever margin of victory in a 27-0 throttling Tuesday of Northwestern State, no-hitting the Demons in the process.

Take a quick glance at the Tuesday's final score between No. 8 LSU and Northwestern State and you'd think a football game broke out in Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers racked up 23 hits, smashed five homers — including a pair of grand slams — and rolled to a 27-0 victory in the final regular season home game of the year. It was the most runs LSU has scored in a game since 1998 and the Tigers' largest ever margin of victory.

Oh, and five LSU pitchers also combined to no-hit the Demons before lightning ended the game in the bottom of the sixth.

"It's hard to describe what we just saw tonight," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri.

You might start with "total domination."

LSU scored at least four runs in each of the game's first four innings, including a pair of seven-run innings in the first and third.

LSU had 12 different players record hits with half that many getting at least two. Nine different Tigers drove in runs, including Alex Bregman and Tyler Moore, who each drove in eight, one shy of the school's single-game record.

Moore belted a grand slam in the first inning, inflating the LSU lead to 6-0 at the time. He drove in three more in his next at-bat with a double to center field. He'd add one last RBI with a single in the third.

But Bregman matched him, driving in all eight runs in his final three at-bats. His double to left-center field in the fourth scored a run, then he smashed a grand slam of his own in the fifth. He tacked on three more with another home run in the next inning, giving him his first multi-HR game of his career.

"I've never seen anything like that in baseball before," Bregman said. "But it was a fun team win, and we're going to take that into the weekend and hopefully keep everything going."

But as dominant as the LSU hitters were, the Tiger pitchers matched them.

Northwestern State only managed two base runners Tuesday and struck out nine times. It was the first combined no-hitter in team history, and the first of any kind since 1979.

"Anytime you get a no-hitter, no matter if it's nine innings or six innings, it's always a fun thing to do," said Joe Broussard, who struck out a pair in the Tigers' final defensive inning. "With the way the bats swung tonight, it's easy to pitch when you have that kind of lead."

LSU will hope that dominance bleeds over into the weekend, as the Tigers head to Auburn for a pivotal series to end the season. LSU needs at least two wins to have a shot at winning the division and landing in the top four of the conference standings, which would secure a first-round bye in the SEC tournament.

This may have also been the final game in Alex Box Stadium this season, as the Tigers' haven't yet secured a spot hosting a NCAA Regional. But you'd have a hard time envisioning a better way to finish the home slate.

"If this was the last game of the year here in The Box," Mainieri said, "it was certainly a great way to cap off the year."

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