Tigers find offense, rout Jaguars 9-0

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU catcher Kade Scivicque takes a swing during a Feb. 23 game between LSU and Texas Southern at Alex Box Stadium. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU catcher Kade Scivicque takes a swing during a Feb. 23 game between LSU and Texas Southern at Alex Box Stadium.

Kade Scivicque and LSU shook off a miserable weekend.

It just took them a little time to get over it.

Nine LSU hurlers pitched a shutout, and the Tigers offense finally emerged from its dormant state late in a 9-0 win over South Alabama on Wednesday at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (18-4) rebounded from a sluggish offensive showing in a series loss last weekend at Vanderbilt, firing off six hits in a single inning to pummel the Jaguars (10-9) in a game that was close for a while.

The Tigers had just three hits before getting six in the sixth inning to score seven runs, turning a 2-0 lead into a 9-0 rout.

LSU had more hits in that one inning than it had in any of the three games in Nashville last weekend. The Tigers had 14 hits against the Commodores, the fewest an LSU team has had in a three-game series since at least 1997.

“Our guys were ready to go after it and fight back, do every thing we could,” Scivicque said. “We just tried to hit the ball hard.”

Scivicque went 1 for 12 at Vanderbilt. He finished 3 for 3 Wednesday with a solo home run in the fourth inning that hit well up the metal bleachers in left field. He added an RBI single during that fiery sixth frame.

Sean McMullen, Mark Laird and Jared Foster all had doubles. Foster, pinch-hitting, ripped his bases-loaded double down the third-base line to clear the bases.

“We knew we had to bounce back,” Foster said. “As a whole, as a team, we did some good things, but we didn’t come through at Vanderbilt. It was good to come out there and let them fly.”

Not all about Wednesday was glowing.

Starting pitcher Cody Glenn and his replacement, Brady Domangue, had a few hiccups, and LSU’s bats, aside from Scivicque, were mostly mum through the first five innings.

Both Glenn and Domangue are seen as the top candidates to possibly challenge for a weekend starting job.

Glenn pitched just two innings so he can be ready to possibly start Sunday’s game against Georgia if Kyle Bouman can’t go. Bouman sprained his ankle at Monday’s practice.

Bouman was seen Wednesday gingerly walking around with no apparent brace on his ankle, though he was wearing pants.

Mainieri said Sunday’s starter won’t be decided until into the weekend. It depends on who he uses in a relieving role Friday and Saturday.

Glenn found trouble in the second inning and was bailed out by a snazzy play from second baseman Kramer Robertson.

He allowed back-to-back one-out singles. A groundout moved the runners, and Glenn fell behind 3-0 to nine-hole hitter Cameron Cummings.

Cummings smacked a 3-2 pitch toward second base, a hard-hit grounder that would have scored both runs. Robertson made a backhand stab and tossed to first in time to end the inning.

He jogged into the dugout to a rousing ovation from the Alex Box crowd.

“He couldn’t get the left-handers out which was a little bit alarming,” coach Paul Mainieri said of Glenn.

Mark Laird’s arm saved a run in the third with Domangue on the mound.

Davis Knapp tried to score from second base on a line-drive, two-out single. Laird one-hopped a throw that easily beat him at the plate to end what could have been a bad frame for Domangue.

Domangue’s very first pitch hit Knapp. On Domangue’s next pitch, Bud Collura laid down a bunt.

Domangue fielded the bunt and tossed it high to first. Conner Hale, leaping to get the errant throw, came down in a collision with Collura. He was ruled safe to put the first two on base.

Domangue has had a bumpy start to the season, going from possible closer, to reliever to starter and back to a reliever.

“It’s a little bit like Murphy’s Law. Whatever can go wrong, goes wrong,” Mainieri said of Domangue. “You make your own breaks. You can’t just say it’s bad breaks. You make your own breaks. To his credit, he pitched out of it.”

LSU used seven more pitchers Wednesday as Mainieri loosened his bullpen before a weekend series against Georgia. The Tigers threw every healthy arm aside from ace Aaron Nola and Jared Poché, set to start Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Lagniappe

South Alabama’s bus broke down about 22 miles outside of Baton Rouge on I-20 en route to the city from Mobile. The team sat in the bus for nearly two hours. LSU was able to send a bus to pick up the team. The Jaguars arrived to Alex Box about 80 minutes before first pitch. … Andrew Stevenson started in the No. 5 hole for the first time in his LSU career. Stevenson entered Wednesday’s game batting .393, which led all everyday starters. He usually bats between seventh and ninth. … Freshman Jake Fraley got his fourth start of the season and first in left field.