The message came through loud and clear, as the Tiger bats exploded for 21 hits and 16 runs in a lopsided 16-3 victory against Boston College to complete the weekend sweep. LSU had a combined 42 hits in the three games against BC, including 19 for extra bases — LSU only had six entering the series.
The Tigers scored at least one run in seven of their eight offensive innings in Saturday’s finale.
“They went out there this weekend and attacked the ball, just did a super job,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “The whole team, the whole weekend, really played well. We’re on our way now. We’re into the flow of the season, and it’s really time to play well now.”
The deluge started early Saturday, as LSU struck for a run in the first inning. Jared Foster led off the game with a single. Mark Laird took his place on the bases with a fielder’s choice and would come around to score after a single by Chris Chinea.
LSU tacked on three more in the next inning, one run scoring on a wild pitch and the other two on a double by Alex Bregman, the first of his three extra base hits.
The Tigers made it 6-0 after three innings with two more in the third. Andrew Stevenson drove in one with the second of his two triples. The other came in on a fielder’s choice by Danny Zardon.
Bregman and Kade Scivicque each hit solo home runs in the fourth. Scivicque would hit another — a two-run shot to right-center — in the sixth.
Foster also drove in a run in the fifth with a double to left.
LSU took an 11-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth, and tacked on five more runs for good measure.
Grayson Byrd got his first career hit to lead off the inning. Mike Papierski brought him in with a double — his first hit. Bryce Jordan — who also got his first career hit Saturday — brought in two more with a double to left.
Bryce Jordan would score two at-bats later when his twin brother, Beau Jordan, grounded out. LSU’s 16th and final run of the game came in on a double by Bregman, his fourth RBI of the game.
“I want to strike fear in the pitcher, knowing that he has to face me and the rest of my team” Bregman said. “We’re all going to come up there with aggressiveness and drive the baseball.”
That was more than enough run support for Jake Godfrey, who got his first career win Saturday.
He lasted five innings in his second start, surrendering one run on four hits with one strikeout and three walks. He still struggled with his command though, and that raised his pitch count, forcing an earlier exit than Mainieri had wanted.
But the defense played error-free ball behind him, a welcome change from his first start. And the only BC scored on Godfrey came on a two-out double by Joe Cronin in the fifth inning.
“I just need more control,” Godfrey said. “That’s all it is, more fastballs in the zone. I threw my offspeed better today, and if I can get those better, things will work out.”
The LSU bullpen took it from there. Kyle Bouman did surrender a solo homer in the eighth, but that was the only run scored this weekend against LSU relievers.
The Tigers return to action Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana before a weekend series against Princeton. First pitch against the Lions is set for 6:30 p.m.