LSU handles UNO in 11-2 victory

LSU recorded 14 hits Tuesday against New Orleans, six of which came with two outs, and the Tigers rolled to an 11-2 victory.

No. 3 LSU reached double digits for the seventh time this season, racking up 14 hits Tuesday in a 11-2 victory against New Orleans at Alex Box Stadium.

The Privateers (11-21) trailed by just one run with two outs in the fifth until an error prolonged the inning. LSU (28-5) took advantage of that and never looked back.

The Tigers went 6-for-14 and scored six of their 11 runs with two outs.

“That’s music to my ears,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “When you have a good offensive team, you have a lot of two-out rallies.”

LSU broke open a scoreless tie with a run in the second inning. The Tigers would go on to score in each frame the rest of the way.

That first run scored on a wild pitch. Kade Scivicque produced one in the third with a single to right. LSU made it 3-0 on a RBI-double by Chris Sciambra in the third.

UNO would cut the deficit to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth, but that was as close as they would get.

LSU responded with a two-spot in the fifth on a two-run double by Chris Chinea, his second of the game. He’s now recorded multiple hits in nine of his last 11 games and has three straight with three hits. He’s increased his batting average more than 60 points during an 11-game hitting streak.

“He’s hitting the ball with even more authority,” Mainieri said. “He’s seeing the ball good, and he’s hot. He’s been a big influence on our team.”

The Tigers made it 7-2 in the sixth on RBI-singles by Danny Zardon and Scivicque. Chris Sciambra belted a line drive home run for three more in the seventh, and Beau Jordan made it 11-2 with a run-scoring single in the eighth.

“It was a good game for us,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We got everything done that we wanted to tonight.”

Kyle Bouman and Russell Reynolds combined to limit UNO offensively through most of the game.

Bouman got the start, his third of the season. He had a much better performance against UNO than he did last week in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic, where he walked three and gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Bouman did give up a pair of runs, but only after working 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. He finished three strikeouts and no walks until he came out in the fifth. He hit a batter and gave up two hits, including an RBI-single before giving way to Reynolds.

Another run that inning came in on a groundout, but Reynolds retired both batters he faced to preserve LSU’s 3-2 lead at the time.

Reynolds worked three scoreless innings after that. He finished with three strikeouts, allowed three hits and walked a batter.

Hunter Devall replaced Reynolds to close out the ninth. That was his first appearance since injuring his back March 20 against Arkansas. Devall worked around a one-out single in his inning of work.

LSU returns to action Wednesday for another midweek showdown against Northwestern State. Jake Godfrey will get the start, looking to rebound after a pair of rough outings in consecutive SEC weekends.

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