Baseball Cruises Past New Orleans, 11-2

LSU's JaCoby Jones
LSU's JaCoby Jones
Steve Franz
Seth Landry
Seth Landry

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Five runs in the first inning boosted No.2 LSU (46-7) to an 11-2 win over the University of New Orleans (7-41) Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU’s 46 regular-season wins mark the most regular-season victories in school history since the NCAA adopted a standardized 56-game regular-season schedule in 1992.

LSU has now won 27 consecutive games against Louisiana schools and have 34 straight non-conference mid-week victories.

The Tigers take the field again Thursday against No. 14 Ole Miss (35-18). The game is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

“The regular-season win record is something that we take a lot of pride in,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “When you do something that hasn’t been done in the very distinguished history of the LSU baseball program, that’s pretty significant. However, we know that this season will be ultimately judged by how we do in the postseason, so we have to continue to raise our game to a higher level. We’re certainly looking forward to the series with Ole Miss; they have a very talented team and a great coach, Mike Bianco, who played at LSU. We’ve had some tremendous games with them over the years and we always enjoy competing against them.”

Junior designated hitter Sean McMullen led off Tuesday’s game with a triple to the right-centerfield gap. He later came home on an RBI groundout from freshman outfielder Mark Laird.

Another run came off of the bat of outfielder Raph Rhymes who delivered an RBI single, extending the Tigers’ lead to 2-0. Second baseman JaCoby Jones followed up later in the inning with an RBI single of his own.

Catcher Ty Ross (2-for-3) tacked on another RBI in the first inning with a single to centerfield.

Centerfielder Andrew Stevenson executed a beautiful squeeze play with a bunt to the third base side in the fifth inning, scoring Jones from third and putting the Tigers in front 6-0. McMullen (2-for-3) added two more runs in the frame with a double.

Freshman first baseman Michael Barash delivered the Tigers’ final run with his first career home run into the left-field seats.   

Freshman right-hander Hunter Newman (2-0) earned the victory, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three in a season-high five innings of work.

UNO right-hander Alex Smith (3-9)suffered the defeat, surrendering five runs on six hits in 0.1 inning.

LSU 11, New Orleans 2 (May 14, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.)
New Orleans......... 000 000 200  -  2  6  2      (7-41)
LSU....................... 500 041 10X  - 11 17  0   (46-7)
Pitchers: New Orleans - Alex Smith; Stone Speer(1); Raymond Winter(5); Garrett Manning(8) and Cameron Keener.
LSU - Hunter Newman; Will LaMarche(6); Brent Bonvillain(7); Hunter Devall(7); Joey Bourgeois(8); Nate Fury(8); Kevin Berry(9) and Ty Ross; Chris Chinea; Michael Barash.
Win-Hunter Newman(2-0)  Loss-Alex Smith(3-9)  T-2:54  A-11113
HR LSU - Michael Barash (1)
Actual Attendance: 5,534




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