Tigers demolish Demons 12-0

No. 20 LSU launched three homers Tuesday night and right-hander Michael Bonura tossed 4.2 scoreless innings as the Tigers blanked Northwestern State, 12-0, in a game stopped in the seventh inning due to a 10-run rule.

LSU (24-11) maintained its perfect record in mid-week games, improving to 8-0 on the season with the win. The Tigers have won their last nine mid-week regular season contests, dating back to 2005.


The Demons dropped to 15-19 overall and have lost six out of their last seven games.


LSU plays host to eighth-ranked Alabama this weekend in a pivotal SEC Western Division showdown. The Crimson Tide enter the weekend with a league-leading 9-3 record.


Third baseman Will Harris, second baseman J.T. Wise and designated hitter Jordan Mayer each connected on three-run blasts, and first baseman Steven Waguespack went 2-for-4 with two RBI on Tuesday.


LSU's three homers marked the second time this season the Tigers have had three or more dingers in a game. LSU connected for five homers, including three from right fielder Quinn Stewart, in an 11-7 victory over Stetson on March 11.


Northwestern State starter Kyle Broughton (2-5) failed to get out of the first inning as he was responsible for five runs on two hits in 0.1 inning pitched.


Shortstop Michael Hollander scored the game's first run when he raced home on a wild pitch after coaxing a walk to leadoff the game. Waguespack drilled a two-run single to right, scoring left fielder Bruce Sprowl and Wise.


Broughton issued his third walk of the inning to Mayer, which forced Demon head coach Mitch Gaspard to make the move to reliever Jimmy Heard.


Harris then greeted Heard's 1-0 offering with a tape-measure shot inside the left field fair pole, and LSU held a commanding 6-0 lead. Wise increased the advantage with his sixth dinger of the season in the fifth, a three-run clout that just carried over the left-center field wall.


"It's good to get out to a lead, especially when a guy is having trouble throwing strikes," said Harris. "You just have to patient, get pitches to hit and make sure you do something with it. You don't want to let teams hang around, so you jump on them as quickly as you can." Meanwhile, Bonura delivered his second consecutive solid, though he left in the fifth inning with arm trouble.


"Bonura was so close to finding it and then he gets hurt," said LSU coach Smoke Laval. "We don't know the extent of it here, but we will find out tomorrow. He got on top of his curve ball tonight, which meant that his arm speed is finally back."


Bonura (2-0) limited Northwestern State to four hits, walked one and stuck out four.


Right-hander Jonathan Wilhite and southpaw Daniel Forrer combined for 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.


Mayer, who provided the game-winning homer on Sunday at Tennessee, accounted for the final margin with a towering three-run blast off Heath Hennigan in the seventh.



LSU 12, Northwestern State 0 (Apr 11, 2006 at Baton Rouge, La.)




Northwestern State.. 000 000 0 -  0  5  0      (15-19)


LSU.........................  600 030 3 - 12 11  1     (24-11)




Pitchers: Northwestern State - Broughton; Heard(1); Hennigan(6). LSU - Bonura; Wilhite(5);




Win-Bonura(2-0)  Loss-Broughton(2-5)  T-1:49  A-6901


HR LSU - Wise (6); Mayer (4); Harris, W. (4).


Actual attendance: 1,564


Hennigan faced 3 batters in the 7th.

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