LSU gets historic in 27-0 rout of Northwestern State

Lightning stopped LSU’s game against Northwestern State twice.

The Tigers countered with some voltage of their own.

Tyler Moore and Alex Bregman each had a grand slam and eight RBIs, and the Tigers hurled a no-hitter in a history-making 27-0 pounding of Northwestern State on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU won by the largest margin of victory in program history and tossed its first combined no-hitter.

LSU began playing baseball in 1893.

“It’s kind of hard to describe what we just saw tonight,” coach Paul Mainieri said. “We don’t hit like that in batting practice. It was just one of those days where everybody was getting good swings on the ball.”

The Tigers scored seven runs in the first and third innings. They added six more in the fourth in a game that was called off with two outs in the bottom of the sixth because of lightning.

Mainieri made substitutions in the third, but Northwestern State couldn’t cool the hot bats.

Meanwhile, five LSU pitchers tossed a no-hitter, the first for the school since 1979 and the fifth no-hitter overall. The other four were seven-inning no-hitters.

“I saw that zero,” Moore said. “You know they’re feeling it. You can’t only put it on the offense.”

Bregman’s grand slam in the fourth made it 24-0 and grabbed the attention of the Twitter account of ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

“LSU’s baseball team leads Northwestern State in the 4th inning, 24-0. This is NOT a misprint,” the message said. The account has more than 7.4 million followers.

Moore and Bregman set career highs with their eight RBIs. Brad Cresse was the last LSU hitter to have that many in a game; he did it in 2000.

“I don’t think you can explain it,” Moore said. “That’s what Coach said in the (postgame) meeting: ‘You can’t really explain much about this game.’ A lot of guys went out there and just flat-out hit.”

Moore had a first-inning grand slam, a soaring shot that hit halfway up the metal bleachers in right field to give LSU a 6-0 lead. His three-run double in the second inning made it 11-0 before the game was halted because of lightning.

About 35 minutes later, the game restarted, and LSU’s tear continued — an unbelievable tune-up heading into the final regular-season series.

Has Bregman ever played in a game like that?

“Um, no,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in baseball before, but it was a fun team win.”

The Tigers (37-14-1, 14-11-1 Southeastern) travel to play Auburn (28-25, 10-17) on Thursday to open a key series before the SEC tournament begins for LSU next Tuesday or Wednesday.

LSU is fighting to finish in the top four in the SEC standings, a result that could land the Tigers an NCAA regional host bid.

They sure put on a show Tuesday before 3,511 at a soggy Alex Box Stadium, routing Northwestern State (30-22) in what might be the final home game of the season.

LSU had 11 extra-base hits, including five home runs, and 12 players had at least one hit. Bregman, who recently shaved his head, had two home runs for the first time in his career, adding a three-run shot in the sixth.

The three-run homer easily cleared the left-field wall, putting an exclamation point on a dazzling Senior Day for Kurt McCune, Christian Ibarra, Sean McMullen and Nate Fury.

“A lot of things in baseball are contagious — especially energy,” Bregman said. “We treated it like it could be our last game at the Box today, and we were going to go out with a bang.”

Bregman’s shot came just a few minutes before lightning struck near the Box, and the game was called.

Freshman Jared Poché retired the side in the first inning on eight pitches. That was it for him, as expected, but he got the win. LSU announced before the game that it would use three pitchers, giving Poché (7-3) the decision.

Kyle Bouman, Fury, McCune and Joe Broussard followed to combine for the no-hitter. The Demons had just two base runners: Broussard walked a batter, and Bouman hit one.

The game started at 7:35 p.m., an hour late after rain delays. It was suspended in the top of the third for 35 minutes after lightning was detected in the eight-mile radius. The game restarted at 9:10 p.m. before another lightning crack ended it at 10:25.

To answer, LSU brought some lightning of its own.

“It was fun,” Moore said. “We wanted to break it open early and score some runs tonight, and that’s what we did. We just tried to get the boost in the offense and get our confidence back up.

“We know that we can hit, and we just wanted to show it tonight.”

Advocate sportswriter Matthew Harris contributed to this report.