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Midweek Recap: LSU Puts McNeese Away, 7-0

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The Tigers extended their 16-game winning streak in a dreary mid-afternoon game against the McNeese (State? Are we still using the State part?) Cowboys.

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LSU's game against McNeese was moved up to 4 p.m. on Wednesday to avoid the worst of the rain showers passing through Baton Rouge, so you could be forgiven if you tuned in a little late. But it doesn't take a genius to figure out that if the score is 5-0 and the announcers are talking about the century old origins of obscure baseball terminology, the game is pretty much over. There were a few highlights, but the entire event felt like a formality so that these two teams could get out of the weather and back to studying.

THE PITCHING

As he almost jokingly promised earlier in the week, Paul Mainieri set the new school record for most pitchers used in a game with 11. But the best part is that pitcher number 11, the rock steady Jesse Stallings, only threw a single pitch to close out the game on a popup to first. It's a strange stat, and those make the best trivia questions later in life.

Russell Reynolds got his first start of the year, going only two innings and earning the win. He's had a long road back to the mound, and this was a solid outing overall. No other pitcher would go longer than an inning on the night, so it's hard to derive much from the game. It's nice to get another shutout and have the bull pen pull together for a no doubter just before SEC play.

THE LINEUP

He's been on a tear lately, so it's time for me to admit I was wrong for doubting Alex Bregman. Tonight he had four RBIs, with three coming off of a home run that was absolutely blasted to left field during the heaviest rain of the night.

Andrew Stevenson also continued his impressive hitting with another triple to lead off the fourth inning. Laird stole back-to-back bases, accounting for half of the team's four steals. The biggest let down had to be Conner Hale's 16-game hitting streak coming to an end after going oh-fer in his four plate appearances.

THE DEFENSE

Speaking of Hale, his move to third seems to be paying dividends as LSU played it's third straight game without an error. Jared Foster also played well in his first start at second base, though he didn't get much of a challenge from McNeese hitting. I doubt the move sticks the way Kramer Robertson has been hitting so far this season, but it's nice to see Mainieri has options.

NEXT UP

The Tigers kick off SEC play against Ole Miss at the home this Friday at 7 p.m. and the weather is looking like it might actually cooperate for a change. Should be a beautiful weekend at The Box.

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