Tigers’ bats stay hot

LAFAYETTE — LSU scored in double figures for the second consecutive game and Cody Glenn had his second consecutive impressive start as the Tigers easily defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 11-2 Tuesday night at Moore Field.

Two days after getting a season-high 19 hits in a 13-1 victory against Southeastern Louisiana the Tigers (7-1) scored in seven consecutive innings against the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-2) as they won their 17th consecutive game against in-state competition in their first road game of the season.

Freshman Alex Bregman hit his first home run and also had a triple as he drove in four runs, and Tyler Moore came off the bench to get a single, double and triple and drive in three runs.

All that made things easier for Glenn, a sophomore left-hander who sailed through his first start away from Alex Box Stadium. A week after allowing one unearned run in five innings against Lamar, Glenn (1-0) went a career-high seven innings and held ULL to three hits.

“Tonight we played about as perfectly as we could,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “What else could we do?”

About the only blemish was the two-out, two-run single Joey Bourgeois gave up in the ninth.

Glenn, whose only other outing away from Alex Box came when he pitched a third of an inning in relief against Southern Mississippi at Zephyr Field last season, faced more than three batters in just two innings.

“I thought Cody was absolutely phenomenal,” Mainieri said. “He has made huge strides. The defense behind him was good and he in particular was good. He helped himself.”

Glenn cleanly fielded four grounders for outs and turned one into a double play. He credited his two-seam fastball, which Cajuns hitters kept hitting into the ground.

LSU’s offensive outburst and Glenn’s dominance quickly silenced the sellout crowd of 3,790 that came to see the Tigers’ first visit to Lafayette in 11 years.

“I had a few jitters waiting to warm up and hanging around the dugout,” Glenn said. “But once I started to warm up everything was normal. I felt really good. It was an awesome environment. Their fans were ready.”

Nick Rumbelow made his season debut after being sidelined by a strained muscle in his side and allowed just a one-out single in a scoreless eighth.

“It was a good situation,” Rumbelow said. “The guys came out to hit today and took some pressure off the first outing.

“A lot of stuff happened that inning, pitching out of the stretch and holding the guy on, stuff I haven’t been able to do in a while. So it was really good to get that experience in this game.”

Cajuns pitchers made things easier for the Tigers by walking five of them and hitting four.

“We faced some really good hitters with some inexperienced pitchers,” ULL coach Tony Robichaux said. “We just didn’t pitch good enough. We got behind early on counts, and give them credit.”

LSU took a 2-0 lead in the second. Raph Rhymes led off with a double, Mason Katz was hit by a pitch and JaCoby Jones singled to load the bases with none out.

Alex Edward hit into a fielder’s choice at second, driving in Rhymes, and Katz scored on second baseman Jace Conrad’s throwing error on the relay to first.

Christian Ibarra doubled and Mark Laird walked before Bregman lined ULL starter Kody Smith’s final pitch of the game over the left-field wall for a 5-0 lead.

“The guys in front of me got on base and enabled me to get a good pitch to hit,” Bregman said. “I didn’t know it was out. I was still running hard into
second base and the umpire was like, ‘Hey, it’s a home run.’ I
really had no idea.”

LSU kept it going against reliever Matt Pitt in the fourth. Jones was hit by a pitch leading off and Moore sent him to third with a hit-and-run single as a pinch hitter.

Ty Ross sacrificed Jones home and after Ibarra walked, Moore scored as Chris Sciambra hit into a double play, making it 7-0.

Moore’s two-run triple made it 9-0 in the fifth, Bregman’s RBI triple made it 10-0 in the sixth, and Moore’s RBI double made it 11-0 in the seventh.

Despite going 2-for-13 in sporadic play through the first seven games and not starting Tuesday, Moore just needed a homer to hit for the cycle when he batted in the eighth but he fouled to left.

“I felt good tonight,” Moore said. “I’ve just been trying to work on my swing and not try do too much with it. I felt like I did that tonight.”

LSU will play Brown at
7 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium, and ULL will play Nicholls State here Wednesday night.