Head past the jump for a full recap of LSU baseball's opening weekend. The Tigers opened with wins over UNO 2-0, 7-4, and Grambling 6-0.
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Friday, February 14
University of New Orleans at LSU
LSU, 2 UNO-0
It wasn’t just the start to another weekend. Aaron Nola graced the cover of The Advocate Sports. Social media was abuzz. There were tailgates surrounding the ballpark. The start of the 2014 LSU Baseball Season was beginning. Former Tigers Raph Rhymes, Chris Cotton and Mason Katz threw out the first pitches, and it was time for baseball at the Box.
After a spectacular 2013 season, all eyes were on Nola. The junior right-hander and Baton Rouge native pitched six shutout innings. He gave up four hits and struck out six. Nola was relieved by junior Joe Broussard, who returned after missing all of last season. Broussard pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one. In the ninth, senior Kurt McCune recorded his first save of the season. He struck out two and forced a game-ending groundout.
Junior transfer and infielder Conner Hale got the first hit of the game in his LSU debut. Sophomore left fielder Mark Laird doubled to left field. Then, sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman hit a line drive single that drove in Hale. LSU led the University of New Orleans 1-0.
In the sixth, senior third baseman Christian Ibarra led off with a double. Junior Tyler Moore advanced Ibarra on a bunt single. Junior designated hitter Kade Scivicque scored Ibarra on a sacrifice fly.
Saturday, February 15
LSU at University of New Orleans
LSU, 7 UNO 4
At Zephyr Field in Metairie, La., the Tigers received five strong innings by junior left-hander Kyle Bouman. Bouman, a transfer from Jefferson County (Mo.) Community College, gave up one run on three hits in the first. He then retired the next 13 batters he faced and struck out one.
The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the 2nd. Conner Hale had an RBI single and senior outfielder Sean McMullen drove in two runs as well.
In the fourth, sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson drove in a run on a single. LSU shortstop Alex Bregman also had an RBI single and Mark Laird scored on a passed ball. The Tigers had a 6-1 lead. After consecutive doubles by Bregman and junior right fielder Jared Foster, LSU led 7-1 after the top of the sixth.
UNO battled in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior right-hander Brady Domangue issued three straight walks. The Privateers pinch-hitter Jonathan Santana hit a two-run single to make it 7-4 LSU.
LSU junior lefty Henri Faucheux struck out the side in the seventh and was relieved by freshman Alden Cartwright in the eighth.
After getting into a bases-loaded jam, freshman right-hander Parker Bugg struck out two UNO batters to end the game. The loss was charged to New Orleans starter Alex Smith. Bugg picked up a save in the win.
Sunday, February 16
Grambling State University at LSU
LSU, 6 GSU 0
LSU returned home for the final game of the weekend. Although there were some clouds in the sky, the rain did not come. It was a beautiful evening for baseball at the Box.
Freshman left-hander Jared Poche' started the game against Grambling State. Poche' threw six scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out three in his LSU debut.
Another freshman, second baseman Kramer Robertson, greatly contributed to the Tigers 6-0 win. He made a few tremendous defensive plays, including one that was featured on Sports Center Sunday.
Kade Scivicque singled to left field in the second inning. Robertson followed with a walk. Then, Andrew Stevenson singled, which scored Scivicque. While Sciambra was at the plate, both Robertson and Stevenson stole bases, ultimately scoring Stevenson.
In the bottom of the fourth, freshman DH Dakota Dean led off the inning with a walk. Robertson was then hit by a pitch. Junior leftfielder Chris Sciambra hit a sacrifice fly that scored Dean. Alex Bregman fouled out to right field, and Robertson scored. LSU led 2-0.
Poche' was relieved in the seventh by Cody Glenn, who did not allow a hit in one inning. Senior Nate Fury pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out one. Junior LSU-Eunice transfer Zac Person and sophomore lefty Hunter Devall combined for a shutout ninth. Person recorded one strikeout and gave up a hit.
The Tigers (3-0) face Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday in Hammond. The Lions (2-1) are beginning their first season under new head coach Matt Riser. Junior southpaw Cody Glenn will make the start for LSU. SLU will throw senior right-hander Sean Kennel. The game at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field begins at 6 p.m.