LSU’s offense didn’t have its signature explosive inning Tuesday night.
But that didn’t stop the Tigers from producing double-digit runs against UNO, as LSU defeated the Privateers 11-2 in Alex Box Stadium.
For seven consecutive innings, LSU (28-5) found a way to bring a runner across home plate.
Junior first baseman Chris Chinea stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the second, looking to keep the inning alive.
He did just that, lacing a double that registered at 110 mph off the bat just inside the -field foul line. Chinea proceeded to score after two wild pitches.
After going 8-for-18 over the weekend at Alabama, Chinea added another three hits Tuesday night, raising his batting average to .349 and extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
“I’m just going out there and having fun,” Chinea said. “I’m competing and going pitch-by-pitch. I’m trying to help the team in any way that I can.”
In the following inning, it was senior designated hitter Kade Scivicque’s turn to provide a clutch hit with two outs. With runners on the corners, Scivicque laced an RBI single to right field, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.
In the bottom of the fourth, though, senior left fielder Chris Sciambra wasn’t going to wait for two outs to do a little damage.
With sophomore Kramer Robertson standing on first, Sciambra launched an RBI double off the right-field wall to give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.
“It’s good to not have a lot of zeros up on the board,” Sciambra said. “If you sit around waiting for a five- or six-run inning, some nights it’s not going to come. It’s more important for us to score one or two here or there and scratch them across. Then if we get a chance for a big inning, we have to take advantage of it.”
Chinea smoked a two-run double to left-center field in the fifth to make it 5-2. It was Chinea’s ninth double of the season; he had nine total in his first two seasons at LSU.
Sciambra later put the game out of reach, launching a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.
“I doubled my career home run total from one to two,” Sciambra said. “It felt good. It’s fun to hit one out.”
Scivicque, sophomore third baseman Danny Zardon and freshman outfielder Beau Jordan all added RBI singles in the contest.
Senior left-hander Kyle Bouman got the nod Tuesday for his second consecutive midweek start. Bouman struggled in his previous outing against UL-Lafayette, allowing two runs on three hits and walking two in only 1.1 innings.
He rebounded well against the Privateers (11-21), tossing four scoreless innings to begin the game.
“It’s tough to say that it doesn’t carry over, but after a while it starts to weigh on you,” Bouman said. “You just have to stay tough mentally. Each day is a new day, each pitch is a new pitch. You just have to go out there and focus and make your pitches.”
UNO got to Bouman in the top of the fifth, stroking two hits to eventually chase him from the mound. Sophomore right-hander Russell Reynolds replaced him with one out.
Reynolds and junior left-hander Hunter Devall combined to toss 4.2 scoreless innings.
LSU and UNO will play again May 12 at Maestri Field in New Orleans.