Big First Inning Propels Baseball Past Yale, 19-0
BATON ROUGE, La. – Top-ranked LSU erupted for a 10-run first inning en route to defeating Yale, 19-0, Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU improved to 8-1 on the year, while Yale, playing its first game of the 2014 season, fell to 0-1.
The Tigers return to The Box to face Yale in Game 2 of the three-game weekend series at 2 p.m. Saturday. The game can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live video, audio and stats will be available in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live.
LSU junior right-hander Aaron Nola (3-0) was credited the win after pitching six innings, scattering five hits with one walk and a season-high 10 strikeouts. Nola has not allowed an earned run in 19 innings this season and extended his streak to 45 innings without surrendering an earned run, dating back to last season.
Yale left-hander David Hickey (0-1) was charged the loss after allowing 10 runs on seven hits in two-thirds of an inning.
LSU’s offense exploded in the bottom of the first inning for 10 runs on eight hits. After leadoff hitter Sean McMullen and shortstop Alex Bregman walked, Conner Hale lined an RBI single to right-center field before Scivicque hit a three-run home run, the first of his career, that bounced off of the left-field foul pole to plate Bregman and Hale.
After three straight singles to load the bases, Kramer Robertson walked to score Christian Ibarra. McMullen then hit a high fly ball to the warning track for a sacrifice fly that plated Chris Chinea. Mark Laird then reached on an infield single to score Andrew Stevenson before a two-RBI double from Bregman to the left-center field gap plated Laird and Robertson and ultimately ended Hickey’s outing. Hale walked and Scivicque hit an RBI single to left field to score Bregman for the 10th run of the inning.
It was the first time LSU scored 10 runs in an inning since May 19, 2011 in Starkville against Mississippi State. The last time LSU scored 10 runs in an inning in Baton Rouge was on April 29, 2009 against Tulane.
“We placed a lot of emphasis during the week on scoring in the first inning,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We hadn’t generated a lot of offense early in games this season, so we concentrated on getting the lead from the outset. We had some great at-bats in the first inning, and we gave Aaron plenty of run support. He continued to pound the zone after we got the big lead, and he delivered another tremendous outing with six shutout innings and 10 strikeouts.”
The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the third inning after Laird reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Hale RBI single to right field.
LSU tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Pinch hitter Cade Stone walked before Ibarra hit his first home run of the season over the left-field wall. Pinch hitter Jake Fraley then walked before Robertson hit an RBI double to the left-center field gap.
Danny Zardon gave the Tigers four more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a grand slam, which also marked the first home run of his career. The grand slam was LSU’s first since May 4, 2013 when JaCoby Jones launched one versus Florida in Baton Rouge.
Jake Fraley provided the Tigers’ 19th run of the game in the eighth inning on an RBI triple that scored Cade Stone.
Scivicque finished 3-for-3 with four RBI. This marked the second game this season that Scivicque has accumulated at least three hits. Every Tiger starter crossed home plate in the contest.