LSU hit the accelerator early against Tulane and did not let up. The Tigers scored early and often, which allowed LSU to mercy rule the Greenies after eight innings.
The offense scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Mark Laird got things started with a one out walk. Then the Tigers got back to back singles by Alex Bregman and Raph Rhymes, followed by a two run double by Mason Katz. Christian Ibarra would add a sacrifice fly and Jacoby Jones scored on an Andrew Stevenson single. Before you could catch your breath the Tigers had a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers finished the game with fifteen hits and fourteen runs. The fourteen runs ties the season high for the Tigers.
Alex Bregman continues to dominate at the plate. He went 4-4 and scored three runs for the Tigers. Bregman is now hitting 0.443 on the season and leads the team in runs scored with 29. He is also second on the team in RBI with 23. In other news, MLB teams are still kicking themselves in the face for not drafting him in the first round.
Mason Katz and Raph Rhymes also had great games. Katz went 3/4 with the above mentioned double and four RBI. Katz is now batting 0.396 for the season with 41 RBI. Rhymes went 2/3 with a walk and scored two runs. Rhymes is up to 0.354 with 21 RBI.
Andrew Stevenson got the nod at the CF spot and performed well at the plate tonight. He went 2/4 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base.
Sean McMullen also had a nice game as the DH, going 1/4 with a sacrifice fly and 3 RBI.
Russell Reynolds got his third start of the season for LSU tonight. Reynolds was a little shaky early on, but settled down and pitched well against Tulane. He surrendered only four hits on the game and gave up one unearned run in seven innings of work. He did struggle with his command at times, throwing only 60.4% of his pitches for strikes. Reynolds now has a 0.53 ERA on the season and a season WHIP of 0.706. The batting average against Reynolds is only 0.167, and his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is 0.219.
The bullpen only got one inning of work and had some problems. Hunter Devall faced two batters, giving up a hit and striking out one. Hunter Newman relieved Devall and preceded to walk the bases loaded. Newman was able to pitch out of the jam by retiring the next two batters he faced, and finally put the Greenies out of their misery.
This was LSU's first run ruled game since the 2009 season, when they run-ruled Tulane in Alex Box stadium, 13-2 in seven innings.
Up next for LSU is a weekend series against the other other Tigers of the SEC, Missouri.
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Paul Mainieri on the leadoff spot, Bregman and W vs. Tulane - via BayouBengalsInsider