LAFAYETTE – Seven extra base hits and seven shutout innings from Cody Glenn lifted LSU to an 11-2 victory over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team here Tuesday evening in front of a sellout crowd of 3,790 at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
After a scoreless first inning, the fourth-ranked Tigers (7-1) posted multiple runs for four consecutive innings to gradually pull away from the Ragin' Cajuns (7-2).
Glenn limited Louisiana to three hits during his stint and retired the Cajuns hitters in order five times.
A three-run home run by Alex Bregman in the third inning opened a 5-0 lead for LSU, then extra base hits provided the tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning to cap off the Tigers scoring.
The Cajuns avoided the shutout in the bottom of the ninth when Dylan Butler singled to drive home brothers Brenn and Jace Conrad.
Tuesday's contest marked the first visit by LSU to "The Tigue" since March 2002. The sellout crowd marked the second time in the past three seasons a game at "The Tigue" was sold out (May 10, 2011 vs. Rice).
Louisiana saw its four-game win streak come to a close and dropped to 1-1 in midweek contests this season.
The Cajuns are back in action on Wednesday hosting Nicholls State at 6 p.m. at "The Tigue" before opening a three-game weekend series with Sacred Heart University March 1-3, also at the friendly confines.
Kody Smith, who was responsible for five runs in 2 1/3 innings, was charged with the loss for UL.
The Cajuns defense turned four double plays, falling two shy of the school record six set at UNO on May 16, 2009.
Bregman led all Tigers with four RBI. Tyler Moore, who pinch hit in the fourth inning, finished with a team-high three hits and chipped in three RBI.
The Tigers struck first, plating two runs in the second inning after loading the bases with no outs. A fielder's choice grounder by Alex Edward scored the initial run, then a throwing error on a double play attempt allowed Mason Katz to score the second run.
LSU added to the lead in the third inning on the three-run home run by Bregman. Christian Ibarra doubled to lead off the frame and Mark Laird drew a one-out walk prior to the home run.
Ryan Wilson posted UL's first hit, doubling with one out in the bottom half of the third. Back-to-back fielder's choice grounders – one which put out Wilson at third base – kept the Cajuns from scoring.
Louisiana turned its third double play of the night in the top of the fourth inning, but the Tigers added a run during the process. Earlier in the inning the Tigers scored a run on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt from Ty Ross and exited the frame leading 7-0.
Glenn retired the Cajuns in order a third time during the bottom of the fourth inning. A two-run triple (with two outs) from Moore in the top of the fifth inning extend the visitors lead to 9-0.
A two-out triple by Bregman in the sixth inning and double from Moore in the seventh inning pushed across the Tigers' final two runs.
The Cajuns' runs in the ninth inning off Butler's single were set up by a pinch hit infield single from Brenn Conrad and a two-out double down the left field line from Jace Conard.
BASES NOTED: LSU increased its lead in the all-time series to 48-23 (12-6 in Tony Robichaux era)…The Tigers won for the second straight season in a series that continued for a sixth straight season after resuming in 2008...The Cajuns four double plays were the most since turning four in 2011 (April 3 vs. FAU and April 12 vs. McNeese)…Jace Conrad's two-out double in the bottom of the ninth extend his consecutive games reached base steak to nine games…Conrad also continued his streak of consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout to start the season to 39…Michael Strentz doubled in the seventh inning to extend his current hitting streak to five games, the longest active for the Cajuns right now…Freshman shortstop Blake Trahan played error-free in eight chances (three putouts, five assists) and has committed only one error through 38 chances to begin his collegiate career…The sellout crowd of 3,790 increased the Cajuns average attendance at "The Tigue" this season back over 2,000 (actual is 2,222).
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