LSU scored 28 runs over the weekend and that is the most for a season opening series during the Paul Mainieri era. The Tiger pitching staff allowed seven runs which is also the fewest on opening weekend in Mainieri’s three years with the Tigers.
For the weekend, LSU batted .333 with 33 hits and 16 extra base hits. The Tigers hit six doubles, five triples and five homers.
LSU held the Wildcats to a .168 batting average for the weekend. The Wildcats touched LSU pitching for only 16 hits and scored seven runs with all of them earned.
LSU's starting pitchers went a total of 16 innings and allowed nine hits and two runs that were both earned. The frontline pitching trio of Louis Coleman, Anthony Ranaudo and Austin Ross struck out 19 and walked five.
LSU's starting pitcher struck out the leadoff man to start the game in each of the three games.
LSU's five home runs was the most in a season opening series under Mainieri.
D. J. LeMahieu tripled twice on Sunday and once on Saturday. He was the first Tiger since Jeff Leaumont to triple twice in a game dating back to May 16, 1999 against Kentucky. LeMahieu only had one triple last season.
Two other reserves got the call on Sunday with Nicholas Pontiff starting for Jared Mitchell in right field and Chris McGhee in left field. It was Pontiff and McGhee’s first start since May 17, 2008 against Auburn.
Several other true freshmen from the 2008 signing class played in the opening series in Beau Didier, Mike Mahtook, Austin Nola, Matty Ott and Grant Dozar. Mainieri still has the option to redshirt those true freshmen as long as they don’t play in 30 percent of the games for half of the season.
Beau Didier homered in his first at bat as a Tiger but that will likely be his last as he is set to have Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the year. He will be eligible for a redshirt and Mainieri can always petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt if needed.
Weekend’s Top Hitters
Ryan Schimpf: 7-10, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 1 HR, 3 R, 4-6 SB
Jared Mitchell: 3-8, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2-2 SB
DJ LeMahieu: 5-9, 1 2B, 3 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Micah Gibbs: 3-11, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 R
Chad Jones: 2-6, 1 2B, 1R, 1-1 SB
Leon Landry: 3-9, 2 HR, 1 RBI, 6 R, 3-3 SB
Derek Helenihi: 2-7
Blake Dean: 2-11, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R
Sean Ochinko: 2-12, 1 RBI
Beau Didier: 1-1, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Tyler Hanover: 1-6, 1 3B
Austin Nola: 1-1
Weekend’s Top Pitchers
Louis Coleman: 1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 K, 2 BB
Anthony Ranaudo: 1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 K, 2 BB
Austin Ross: 1-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER,
Daniel Bradshaw: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB
Matty Ott: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB
Paul Bertuccini: 1 Save, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K, 2 BB