No. 4 Baseball Posts 9-5 Win Over Tulane

LSU's Austin Nola was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI
LSU's Austin Nola was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI
Hilary Scheinuk
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

BATON ROUGE, La. - Shortstop Austin Nola provided the go-ahead run with a solo homer in the fifth inning Tuesday night, and fourth-ranked LSU erupted for a six-run sixth inning en route to a 9-5 win over Tulane in Alex Box Stadium.

LSU improved to 36-10, while Tulane dropped to 29-16. The Tigers extended their win streak over the Green Wave to four games, as LSU swept the season series with Tulane for the second straight year.

LSU's 36 wins with 10 games remaining in the regular season equals the team's final wins total in 2011, when the Tigers finished 36-20.

LSU travels to Oxford, Miss. for a three-game SEC series versus Ole Miss that begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

All nine LSU runs Tuesday night were scored with two outs,  including Nola's solo blast in the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie. The home run was Nola's third of the season and his second in four games.

The Tigers took advantage of a pair of Tulane errors and scored six runs on four hits in the sixth, sending nine men to the plate.

Centerfielder Arby Fields' two-run triple and a run-scoring double by rightfielder Mason Katz highlighted the LSU uprising.

Junior left-hander Brent Bonvillain (4-0), the second of seven LSU pitchers, was credited with the win as he worked the fifth inning and allowed one unearned run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Tulane starter Alex Byo (6-4) was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

"I thought we played pretty well tonight, and we demonstrated a lot of balance in the lineup," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Every starter in our lineup either had a hit or scored a run, and we had some tough, competitive at-bats. I was very concerned about this game because Tulane has an excellent club, and we had just finished an emotional series with Georgia, but our players were focused and earned an important win."

LSU starter Joe Broussard worked the first four innings of the contest, limiting Tulane to one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Bonvillain, Kevin Berry, Chris Cotton, Cody Glenn, Nick Rumbelow, Kurt McCune and Nick Goody combined to allow just one earned run over the final five innings.

LSU 9, Tulane 5 (May 01, 2012 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Tulane.............. 000 110 030  -  5 12  2      (29-16)
LSU.................. 010 116 00X  -  9 11  2      (36-10)
Pitchers: Tulane - Alex Byo; Randy LeBlanc(6); Kyle McKenzie(6); Andrew Garner(8) and Blake Crohan.
LSU - Joe Broussard; Brent Bonvillain(5); Kevin Berry(6); Chris Cotton(6); Cody Glenn(8); Nick Rumbelow(8); Kurt McCune(9); Nick Goody(9) and Ty Ross; Jordy Snikeris.
Win-Brent Bonvillain(4-0)  Loss-Alex Byo(6-4)  T-3:02  A-10563
HR LSU - Austin Nola (3).
Actual Attendance: 5,464




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