LSU Baseball sets regular-season win record with 11-2 win over UNO
LSU Baseball broke the regular season record for wins with thier 11-2 victory over UNO on Tuesday night.
The Tigers improved to 46-7 on the year, surpassing the previous best with three games to play remaining before the post-season.
LSU scored five runs in the first inning and starting pitcher Hunter Newman threw five innings of shut-out baseball to pace the Tigers to the blow-out win.
LSU has now won 27 consecutive games against Louisiana schools and have 34 straight non-conference mid-week victories.
The Tigers take the field again Thursday against No. 14 Ole Miss (35-18). The game is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
"The regular-season win record is something that we take a lot of pride in," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "When you do something that hasn't been done in the very distinguished history of the LSU baseball program, that's pretty significant. However, we know that this season will be ultimately judged by how we do in the postseason, so we have to continue to raise our game to a higher level. We're certainly looking forward to the series with Ole Miss; they have a very talented team and a great coach, Mike Bianco, who played at LSU. We've had some tremendous games with them over the years and we always enjoy competing against them."
Junior designated hitter Sean McMullen led off Tuesday's game with a triple to the right-centerfield gap. He later came home on an RBI groundout from freshman outfielder Mark Laird.
Another run came off of the bat of outfielder Raph Rhymes who delivered an RBI single, extending the Tigers' lead to 2-0. Second baseman JaCoby Jones followed up later in the inning with an RBI single of his own.
Catcher Ty Ross (2-for-3) tacked on another RBI in the first inning with a single to centerfield.
Centerfielder Andrew Stevenson executed a beautiful squeeze play with a bunt to the third base side in the fifth inning, scoring Jones from third and putting the Tigers in front 6-0. McMullen (2-for-3) added two more runs in the frame with a double.
Freshman first baseman Michael Barash delivered the Tigers' final run with his first career home run into the left-field seats.
Freshman right-hander Hunter Newman (2-0) earned the victory, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three in a season-high five innings of work.
UNO right-hander Alex Smith (3-9)suffered the defeat, surrendering five runs on six hits in 0.1 inning.