AUBURN, Ala. – Catcher Kade Scivicque and centerfielder Andrew Stevenson each drove in two runs Saturday, and left-hander Kyle Bouman earned the first SEC win of his career as eighth-ranked LSU completed a series sweep with an 8-1 win over Auburn at Plainsman Park.
LSU completed the regular season with a 40-14-1 overall mark, 17-11-1 in the SEC. LSU, which will be the No. 3, will play the winner of No. 6 seed Vanderbilt and No. 11 seed Tennessee in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. CT in Hoover, Ala.
Saturday’s win clinched a 40-win season for LSU for the 26th time in the last 31 seasons. LSU has won at least 40 games six times in coach Paul Mainieri’s eight seasons.
The series sweep over Auburn was LSU’s first SEC road sweep since March 29-31 at Missouri, when the Tigers swept Mizzou. LSU, which defeated Northwestern State, 27-0, on Tuesday night, scored 56 runs on 61 hits in its four games this week.
“This weekend culminated an excellent regular season for our team; 40 wins is really a benchmark of excellence in college baseball,” Mainieri said. “We had a difficult stretch in late March, but our guys have competed with great energy and enthusiasm, and we’re playing very well at the most important time of the year. I think we certainly enhanced our resume’ for the NCAA tournament by winning 40 games and perhaps finishing third in the best baseball conference in the country.”
|SEC Baseball Standings|
|South Carolina (4)||18-12||42-14|
|Ole Miss (2)||19-11||40-16|
|Mississippi St. (5)||18-12||35-20|
|Texas A&M (10)||14-16||33-23|
All Times Central and Subject to Change
Saturday, May 17
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Scivicque was 3-for-4 Saturday with a solo homer, a double, two runs and two RBI, while Stevenson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run.
Bouman (4-2), starting an SEC game for the first time since April 13 versus Arkansas, limited Auburn to one run on four hits in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts. The win was Bouman’s first since March 1 against Yale, and it was his first career conference victory.
Rightfielder Anfernee Grier led off the bottom of the first inning against Bouman with a home run, the first of his career, to give Auburn a 1-0 lead.
LSU, however, responded with two runs in the top of the second as Stevenson doubled and scored on first baseman Tyler Moore’s RBI single, and Scivicque launched a solo homer, his fifth dinger of the season and his first since April 6 versus Mississippi State, when he unloaded a grand slam.
The Tigers increased their lead to 3-1 in the fourth when second baseman Conner Hale doubled and scored on Scivicque’s two-out single.
LSU erupted for five runs in the seventh inning, sending nine batters to the plate. Stevenson contributed a two-run single, Hale and rightfielder Mark Laird delivered RBI groundouts, and designated hitter Sean McMullen drew a bases-loaded walk.
Auburn right-hander Dillon Ortman (9-5), starting a game for the second time in the series, was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on seven hits in four innings with no walks and three strikeouts.
2014 SEC Baseball Tournament Bracket
Tuesday, May 20
Game 1 - 9:30 a.m. #6 Vanderbilt vs. #11 Tennessee [SPSO]
Game 2 - TBD #7 Arkansas vs. #10 Texas A&M [SPSO]
Game 3 - 4:30 p.m. #8 Alabama vs. #9 Kentucky [CSS]
Game 4 - TBD #5 Mississippi State vs. #12 Georgia [CSS]
Wednesday, May 21
Game 5 - 9:30 a.m. #3 LSU vs. Winner Game 1 [SPSO]
Game 6 - TBD #2 Ole Miss vs. Winner Game 2 [SPSO]
Game 7 - 4:30 p.m. #1 Florida vs. Winner Game 3 [CSS]
Game 8 - TBD #4 South Carolina vs. Winner Game 4 [CSS]
Thursday, May 22
Game 9 - 9:30 a.m. Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 [SPSO]
Game 10 - TBD Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 [SPSO]
Game 11 - 4:30 p.m. Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 [CSS]
Game 12 - TBD Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 [CSS]
Friday, May 23
Game 13 - 3:00 p.m. Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11 [CSS]
Game 14 - TBD Winner Game 10 vs. Loser 12 [CSS]
Saturday, May 24
Game 15 - Noon Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11 [ESPNEWS]
Game 16 - TBD Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 12 [ESPNEWS]
Sunday, May 25
Game 17 - 3:30 p.m. Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16 [ESPN2]
All Times Central
[SPSO] - SportSouth; [CSS] - Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast;
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