Baseball Batters Alcorn St., 19-0
BATON ROUGE -- Eighth-ranked LSU (2-0) jumped out to an early lead Saturday night and never looked back in a 19-0 victory against Alcorn State (1-1) at Alex Box Stadium.
The 19 runs in a game was highest total for LSU since the Tigers defeated Centenary 25-8 on Feb. 20, 2010. The last time LSU defeated an opponent by 19 runs was Feb. 21, 2001 against Duquesne in a 24-5 victory.
LSU concludes its opening weekend by playing host to Air Force at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sophomore right-hander Kurt McCune will start the game on the mound for the Tigers.
Alcorn State will face Air Force at 10 a.m. Sunday in Alex Box Stadium.
Sophomore pitcher Ryan Eades (1-0) provided the Tigers with the team's second dominating pitching performance in as many nights and posted a career high eight strikeouts. Four pitchers combined to allow five hits in the shut out.
Eades fired five innings of work and surrendered one walk and one hit while recording a career-high eighth strikeouts. He struck out the side in the top of the first on 11 pitches.
"I thought Ryan Eades was outstanding tonight; he looked like a big-league pitcher," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "He was dominant from the start, and I thought the pitchers that followed him also threw very well."
Alcorn State starter Troy Williams was charged with the loss as he worked two innings. He allowed nine runs, six earned, three walks and fanned two.
LSU totaled five extra base hits, 14 total hits, drew seven walks and were hit by six pitches. Mason Katz led the way for the Tigers with a bases clearing triple and tied his career high with four RBIs. Six Tigers plated two runs and four touched home at least twice.
"We looked like a much more relaxed team tonight," Mainieri said. "Last night, I think we had to work through some first-game jitters, but tonight I thought we played with a lot of energy and confidence."
The Tigers' offense produced in the first inning for the second consecutive game. LSU put three on the board, all of them unearned.
Tyler Hanover led off the game and was hit by a pitch. Casey Yocom hit a dribbler to second that was mishandled for an error. Rhymes hit a hard ground ball to the left side and Hanover was forced out at third.
Jones proceeded to slash one under the second baseman's glove into right field to plate Yocom. Jones and Rhmyes advanced to second and third on the throw to plate.
Rhymes darted home on a wild pitch and Jones advanced to third. Tyler Moore grounded to short, but the throw to first was high and Jones raced home to put LSU up 3-0.
In the second inning, the Tigers jumped on Williams and added two more. Grant Dozar led off the inning with a laser up the middle before Hanover singled under the outstretched first baseman to move Dozar to third.
After Yocum struck out swinging, Rhymes roped a single to right center, plating Dozar and moving Hanover to third. Hanover scored on Katz's sacrifice fly to deep center.
LSU pushed the game out of reach in the bottom half of the third and chased Williams after he failed to record an out in the frame.
Nola drew a leadoff walk. Moore ripped a single to left and moved to second on a throw to third that did not catch Nola at third. Ross hit a pop up single that dropped in for a hit along the right field line, which plated Nola.
Dozar walked to load the bases, which ended William's day. Alcorn's Kevin Gonzales recorded two outs, but walked Rhymes to bring home Moore.
Katz cleared the bases with an emphatic triple down the left field line. Jones drove Katz home on a double to the left center gap, increasing the lead to 11-0.
Didier produced LSU's first long ball of the season in the bottom of the fifth. He slammed a Earl Burl delivery into the right field bleachers to put the Tigers up 12-0. The home run was Didier's second career dinger and first since the 2009 season.
The Tigers went back to work in the bottom half of the sixth. Ross hit an infield single and moved to second on a passed ball. Dozar walked and Powell was hit to load the bases. Didier drove in Ross and was safe on a fielder's choice and an error on the throw from first.
Nola drove in Sciambra on a ground out to short to increase the lead to 18-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, Powell's line drive single to left moved Snikeris to second. Didier and Foster were both hit by pitches, the latter driving in Snikeris.
LSU 19, Alcorn State 0 (Feb 18, 2012 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Alcorn State........ 000 000 000 - 0 5 3 (1-1)
LSU.................... 326 016 10X - 19 14 0 (2-0)
Pitchers: Alcorn State - WILLIAMS,Troy; GONZALEZ,Kevin(3); BURL,Earl(5); ORTIZ,Joan(6) and
LOUPE,Stephen; PETTY,Torrey; LEBRON,Gabriel.
LSU - Ryan Eades; Joe Broussard (6); Chris Cotton (8); Nick Rumbelow (9) and Ty Ross; Jordy Snikeris.
Win-Ryan Eades(1-0) Loss-WILLIAMS,Troy(0-1) T-2:48 A-9881
HR LSU - Beau Didier (1).
Actual Attendance: 2,266
WILLIAMS,Tro faced 4 batters in the 3rd.