BATON ROUGE, La.-No. 3 LSU (12-1) picked up base hits from eight different contributors, capitalized on five errors and exploded for a six-run second inning to beat Sacred Heart (0-5) by a margin of 10-2 on Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers will play host to Washington for a three game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium. LSU sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola will take the mound in the first game of the series.
LSU grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second inning Wednesday after batting around the order. First baseman Mason Katz launched a double to deep right center, scoring left fielder Raph Rhymes from first who had led off the inning with a single up the middle. Both sluggers upped their hitting streaks to 11 games apiece in their first at bats.
Katz moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Sacred Heart starter Troy Scribner (0-1). After second baseman Jacoby Jones struck out and catacher Ty Ross walked, designated hitter Michael Barash delivered a single and his first career RBI, scoring Katz. Third baseman Christian Ibarra dropped a single into right, plating Ross from second who slid under the tag at home.
Right fielder Jared Foster scored Barash and moved Ibarra to third with a double just inside fair territory along the left field line. Laird brought home both runners and expanded the lead to 6-0 with a single to right.
"We had a series of outstanding at-bats in the second inning that gave us the early lead," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "The starting pitcher was Sacred Heart's No. 1 starter and he was very impressive at the start of the game. After Raph led off the second with a single and Mason followed with a shot to the gap, we kept the momentum gping and it resulted in a big inning."
Starting pitcher Nick Rumbelow (1-0) picked up the win after striking out two and retiring all six batters he faced to start the game. Scribner took the loss, allowed seven hits, eight earned runs and four walks and struck out five.
"I was very pleased with the way Nick threw the ball tonight," Mainieri said. "He seemed very relaxed and at ease on the mound, and he's ready to step back into a prominent role out of our bullpen."
Sacred Heart got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when Rocco Gondek homered to left.
LSU answered Sacred Heart's homer with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth to up the lead to 8-1. Shortstop Alex Bregman led off with an infield single, moved to second on a ground out and advanced two bases on consecutive wild pitches. After Jones walked, Ross drove him in with a single to left.
The Tigers tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth. Laird reached base on an error by the third baseman. Bregman beat out a slow roller to short and Laird scored from second when the throw bounced past the first baseman.
Sacred Heart added a second run in the top of the eighth. Jonathan Servilla led off with a double, stole third and scored on an RBI ground out off the bat of pinch hitter Jayson Sullivan.
LSU's bullpen gave up seven hits and two runs and struck out 11 batters in seven innings of work.
LSU 10, Sacred Heart 2 (Mar 06, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Sacred Heart........ 000 010 010 - 2 7 5 (0-5)
LSU..................... 060 021 01X - 10 10 1 (12-1)
Pitchers: Sacred Heart - Scribner, Troy; Wertz, Dan(5); Medina, Jesus(7) and Horn, Derick.
LSU - Nick Rumbelow; Hunter Newman(3); Hunter Devall(6); Joey Bourgeois(8); Chris Cotton(9) and
Ty Ross; Chris Chinea; Michael Barash.
Win-Nick Rumbelow(1-0) Loss-Scribner, Troy(0-1) T-2:34 A-9901
HR SHU - Gondek, Rocco (1).
Actual Attendance: 2,788