Tigers break out of hitting slump, beat McNeese

After another frustrating start Wednesday night, the LSU baseball team snapped out of its hitting funk in a big way.

Limited to one hit through five-plus innings by McNeese State starter Michael Desabrais, who retired the side in order four times in the first five innings, the Tigers finally broke through.

LSU’s bats exploded for eight runs on eight hits in the sixth and seventh innings en route to a much-needed 10-3 victory against McNeese before 4,076 fans in Alex Box Stadium.

Shortstop Alex Bregman, who was mired in a 4-for-41 slump going into the game, was hitless in his first two plate appearances Wednesday night before a three-run homer in the sixth inning gave his team a 5-3 lead.

Mark Laird delivered a perfectly-placed hit-and-run single through the hole at shortstop after a walk by Christian Ibarra and a fly ball to left by McMullen — setting up Bregman’s three-run tomahawk shot to left-center field on the first pitch from Desabrais.

The only hit for LSU (21-8-1) through five innings off Desabrais was a two-run homer to left by designated hitter Sean McMullen in the third inning after McNeese (16-11) scored a pair of runs in the second and one in the fourth.