LSU baseball starts busy week with 8-1 win over Stephen F Austin
BATON ROUGE - Second-ranked LSU extended its win streak to eight games Tuesday night, defeating Stephen F. Austin, 8-1, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers improved to 11-1 this season, while SFA dropped to 4-9.
LSU will face Grambling at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online through SEC Network+, WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. Live audio will be streamed in the Geaux Zone and the game may be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM.
"We pitched very well tonight; all five guys that got into the game were effective," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We didn't hit great, but we did have a lot of hard-hit balls for outs, and we did have some timely hits. We played another errorless game on defense, so overall I thought it was a solid win for us."
Senior left-hander Kyle Bouman got his first start of the season for the Tigers, and he worked four innings, allowing one run on four hits with a career-high six strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Hunter Newman (1-0) relieved Bouman in the fifth with LSU holding a 2-1 lead, runners at first and third and nobody out. Newman pitched out of the jam and was (1-0) credited his first win of the season.
"The key to the game was Hunter Newman's performance," Mainieri said. "He has developed a vital role as a guy we can count on to pitch us out of tough situations. He has a good fastball that he complements with a couple of secondary pitches, and he has really elevated himself in our eyes."
Bouman, Newman, Parker Bugg, Zac Person and Hunter Devall combined to limit the Lumberjacks to one run on five hits.
Lumberjacks starting pitcher Eric Polivka (0-1) was charged with the loss after working three innings and giving up three hits and two runs.
LSU got things going in the first after rightfielder Mark Laird stole third, allowing DH Chris Chinea to drive him in on the next play with a single to short, giving LSU a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, first baseman Danny Zardon launched a solo shot to deep left for his second home run of the year, putting the Tigers ahead, 2-0.
Stephen F. Austin got on the board in the top of the fifth after Hunter Wilson's RBI-triple down the left-field line. With two runners on, Newman relieved Bouman and worked out of the predicament.
In the fifth, third baseman Conner Hale, who is riding a 12-game hit streak, lined an RBI double to score shortstop Alex Bregman, extending LSU's lead to 3-1.
Laird singled to load the bases in the sixth, and Bregman was hit by a pitch on the next play, scoring catcher Michael Papierski for the Tigers' fourth run of the game.
Papierski recorded an RBI groundout in the seventh to bring in centerfielder Andrew Stevenson from third. Zardon later scored on a wild pitch from reliever Austin Smith to give LSU a five-run lead. Laird then hit a two-out RBI single to drive in leftfielder Jared Foster, increasing the lead to 7-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, Stevenson added to LSU's lead with a double to left to score Grayson Byrd for the Tigers' eighth run of the game.