LSU bats return in 11-2 romp of Lamar

The LSU offense came back alive Wednesday after a sluggish weekend in a 11-2 shellacking of Lamar at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers had a rough weekend at the plate by their lofty standards. They atoned for it in a big way Wednesday against Lamar.

No. 2 LSU (32-6) erupted for nine runs on nine hits in the first three innings and cruised to a 11-2 midweek victory against the Cardinals (17-19). The Tigers’ first seven batters reached base to start the game, and they never looked back from there.

LSU started clearing the bench by the fourth inning, and every reserve player had entered the game by the eighth.

The LSU offensive onslaught started early.

The first run scored on just the second at-bat of the game, a Mark Laird single. Conner Hale drove in one with a double, and Kade Scivicque made it 4-0 after five batters with a two-run double to right.

Chris Chinea tacked on two more runs that inning with a double to left, the third extra-base hit of the inning.

Alex Bregman blasted a solo home run to make it 7-0 in the second. Chinea got a homer of his own in the third, driving in a pair to tie his career high of 4 RBI.

The backups didn’t produce quite the offensive firepower as the starters. LSU had one score on a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh.

A pitcher brought in the other run. Collin Strall pinch-hit in the eighth and roped an RBI-single, now giving the Tigers' two pitchers with hits this season (Bouman got one on Feb. 28).

On the mound, Kyle Bouman started his third consecutive midweek game. He allowed just one run on five hits in a season-high five innings with three strikeouts. The only other Lamar run scored on an error in the ninth.

LSU heads east this weekend for a three-game series at Georgia starting Friday. The Tigers enter it trailing Texas A&M by 1.5 games for the SEC West lead.

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