Tyler Moore is trying his best to claim an everyday starting role.
Moore had two hits, drove in a run and continued a recent hot streak at the plate on Wednesday in LSU’s 5-0 win over Lamar at Alex Box Stadium.
In a tuneup for this weekend’s Southeastern Conference series against Arkansas, the Tigers (25-8-1) pounded out just four hits but walked six times, and a group of nine hurlers shut down the Cardinals (18-15) for a school-record 11th shutout of the season.
“Isn’t that unbelievable,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “We don’t have an overpowering staff. Yet we’re getting a lot out of them. So much credit goes to (pitching coach) Alan Dunn. He knows how to get the best out of them.”
Moore, in and out of the starting lineup, had singles in the second and fifth innings, and Andrew Stevenson had a double off the right-field wall to score a run in a two-run fifth. Moore was in the lineup for Conner Hale, who missed Wednesday’s game while recovering from a root canal performed Tuesday. Hale’s expected to be OK for this weekend’s series.
Moore has a hit in five of his past six starts.
“Just trying to have a lot of confidence up there,” Moore said. “Trying to come to the field and be prepared. Every day is a new day. (I) come the field prepared for anything, whether it’s starting a game or coming in to get a pinch hit or supporting your teammates. All three are important.”
Henri Faucheux, in the first start of his LSU career, threw two innings, struck out two and allowed two hits. He threw 30 pitches and was on, somewhat, of a pitch count.
The outing was much cleaner than his last appearance. In Sunday’s loss at Florida on March 30, Faucheux walked four of his nine batters and allowed three runs.
“I thought he was fantastic,” Mainieri said of Faucheux.
On a night when LSU struggled at the plate, Faucheux and a group of pitchers smothered Lamar, a Southland Conference school in Beaumont, Texas.
Hunter Devall, Nate Fury, Parker Bugg, Kurt McCune, Zac Person, Brady Domangue, Cody Glenn and Joe Broussard all saw work after Faucheux.
The relievers combined to allow two hits, strike out 10 and walk just two as the Tigers followed a four-game losing streak by winning a fifth straight.
“I thought our pitchers did a tremendous job,” Mainieri said. “Every one of them. We pieced it together.”
Alex Bregman and Stevenson were the only ones with hits outside of Moore’s pair, but Mainieri said his squad hit several balls hard.
LSU took a 3-0 lead through two innings despite Moore having the only hit.
Lamar starter J.T. Autrey walked three of the nine batters he faced. Two of the walks scored.
“I had a feeling if we worked this guy hard in the first inning or two we could draw a couple of walks that we needed to take advantage of,” Mainieri said. “A three-run lead early puts a lot of pressure on the other team.”
Bregman drove in a first-inning run with a groundout, and Kramer Robertson had a sac-fly in the second.
The Tigers had more chances to score. Moore left the bases loaded with a groundout in the third inning, and Bregman flew out to center field to strand one at third in the fourth inning.
Sean McMullen began LSU’s at-bat Wednesday by reaching base for the fourth straight game. He walked. … LSU has won 22 straight games over Southland Conference teams.