LSU passes test before final SEC weekend

LSU cruised to a 9-1 victory Tuesday at New Orleans, setting up the Tigers' final regular season weekend with a chance to clinch an SEC title.

NEW ORLEANS — No. 1 LSU got its final tuneup before it plays for an SEC title this weekend.

The Tigers handled UNO easily, racking up 12 hits in a 9-1 victory at First NBC Ballpark. LSU stole five bases and held the UNO offense to four hits.”

LSU will travel to South Carolina on Wednesday before starting a three-game series Thursday night. The Tigers can clinch the regular season title with two wins in Columbia.

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

LSU took an early lead Tuesday with a run in the second inning. Grayson Byrd earned the RBI with an infield single that scored Conner Hale from third. The Tigers doubled their lead in the next inning on an RBI-double by Alex Bregman that squeezed just inside the third base bag.

LSU tacked on two more in the fourth. Both runs came in via fielder’s choice when the UNO second baseman tried to make the out at home, but his throw was not in time.

The Tigers made it 5-0 with another run in the next inning. Chris Chinea stroked an RBI single to left, scoring Kade Scivicque.

Byrd continued his career night in the seventh. He drove in two runs with a two-out single to left. Mike Papierski made it two more with his first career home run, pulling a ball just over the right field wall against as tiff wind blowing in.

LSU pieced the win together on the mound, using seven pitchers.

Hunter Devall got credited with the win in his second career start. Devall went 3 innings, his longest outing of the season, and didn’t allow any of the four base runners against him to reach second base.

The rest of the staff held UNO scoreless. Doug Norman, Jesse Stallings, Russell Reynolds each threw perfect innings. UNO had only one hit after the sixth inning.

The Privateers didn’t score until the ninth inning, on an RBI-groundout off Alden Cartwright.

“We’ve got three games remaining in the regular season,” Mainieri said. “They’re pretty big games. We’re going to go to Columbia, S.C. and see if we can win a championship or two.”

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