LSU cruises to 6-1 victory against Alcorn

No. 1 LSU limited Alcorn State to just two its in a 6-1 victory Tuesday at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU cruised to its 11th midweek victory Tuesday, beating Alcorn State, 6-1, at Alex Box Stadium.

The No. 1 Tigers (38-7) needed only nine hits to get the job done, scoring all of their runs in two innings. The LSU pitching staff limited Alcorn (11-37) to just the one run on two hits.

LSU struggled at first against Alcorn’s knuckleballer, who retired the first eight batters he faced. The Tigers didn’t get their first hit of the game until the fourth inning, but that’s when the LSU offense finally got going.

Alex Bregman kicked it off with a double to left-center field. He stole third and scored on a groundout by Conner Hale. Chris Chinea drew a two-out walk, and Andrew Stevenson followed that with a single to put runners on the corners.

Stevenson stole second to move into scoring position, and Danny Zardon brought both runners home with a single past the third baseman.

LSU tacked on three more insurance runs in the eighth. Chinea kicked it off with an infield single and advanced to third on a single by Stevenson. Zardon lined out to right, bringing Chinea home. Stevenson scored on a single by Grayson Byrd.

Jake Fraley made it 6-1 with an infield single.

That lead was plenty after a dominant outing from the LSU pitching staff.

Kyle Bouman kicked it off, going three innings in his fifth start of the season. He gave up one hit to the second batter of the game, but after that, only one Alcorn player reached base against him.

The LSU bullpen took over from there. Doug Norman, Hunter Devall and Collin Strall eache struck out two batters in perfect innings of work.

Alcorn got its only other hit of the game off Alden Cartwright in the seventh, a solo home run. Cartwright would also walk a batter with two outs, but that runner was picked off to end the inning.

Zac Person and Jesse Stallings finished it off. Person struck out two batters in his perfect inning. Stallings walked the leadoff man in the ninth, but induced a double play and struck out the next batter to end the game.

LSU departs for Starkville, Miss., tomorrow to begin a three-game series against Mississippi State on Thursday. The Bulldogs enter the weekend in last place in the SEC West. LSU trails Vanderbilt by a half-game for the overall lead in the conference.

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