BATON ROUGE -- No. 13 LSU erupted for 13 runs on 14 hits, and junior right-hander Tyler Jones fired five shutout innings as the Tigers blanked New Orleans, 13-0, Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (4-0) have outscored their opponents 41-8 through their first four games. The Privateers fell to 1-3 with the loss.
Jones (1-0), a junior college transfer from Milwaukee, Wisc., allowed only three hits and struck out six in his LSU debut. UNO right-hander Garrett Manning (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering eight earned runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings.
Designated hitter Raph Rhymes led the Tigers at the plate, batting 2-for-4 with a double and a career-high three RBIs. Rightfielder Mason Katz finished 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI, while center fielder Mikie Mahtook, catcher Ty Ross and second baseman JaCoby Jones each drove in two runs apiece.
"I was very pleased with the way we practiced yesterday, and it carried over into tonight's game," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I thought we came out with a lot of enthusiasm and performed well in all aspects of the game.
"Tyler Jones really set the tone early with his effort on the mound; he really pounded the zone with strikes, he didn't walk anybody, and he kept the UNO hitters off balance."
LSU scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the first inning as the Tigers batted around the order to take an early 6-0 lead.
Mahtook put the first two runs on the board after delivering a two-run double down the left field line to plate Rhymes and third baseman Tyler Hanover. First baseman Alex Edward, Ross and Jones also drove in runs on RBI singles.
The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 8-0. Following a lead-off triple by Austin Nola, Katz brought the Tiger shortstop home on a double to center.
A solo homer from left fielder Trey Watkins put the Tigers up, 9-0, in the bottom of the fourth. Watkins' dinger was his first of the season and third of his career.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth as Jones drove in a run on a fielder's choice, and Rhymes doubled in a pair of runs to give LSU a commanding 12-0 advantage.
Rhymes notched another RBI in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to center to score catcher Jordy Snikeris.
LSU will welcome Holy Cross to Baton Rouge for a weekend series, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. CST in Alex Box Stadium.
Live video, audio and stats of all three games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/HDbaseball. The game can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.
LSU 13, New Orleans 0 (Feb 22, 2011 at Baton Rouge, La.)
New Orleans......... 000 000 000 - 0 4 2 (1-3)
LSU...................... 602 130 10X - 13 14 2 (4-0)
Pitchers: New Orleans - Manning, Garrett; Landry, Coby(5); Stonestreet, Scott(7);
Sanders, Tyler(8) and Simon, Brandon.
LSU - Tyler Jones; Daniel Bradshaw(6); Samuel Peterson(7); Kevin Berry(8); Matty Ott(9) and Ty Ross; Jordy Snikeris.
Win-Tyler Jones(1-0) Loss-Manning, Garrett (0-1) T-2:15 A-10486
HR LSU - Trey Watkins (1).
Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy
Actual Attendance: 5,914