Three strikes: Recapping the Tigers’ victory and a look ahead _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU's Andrew Stevenson (6) watches his bunt go foul in the fifth inning of LSU's 7-2 win over Arkansas Thursday in the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover, AL's Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

1. The hitting stays red hot

The Tigers pounded out 12 hits, marking the sixth straight game that they’ve had 11 hits or more. If you’re scoring at home, LSU has totaled 74 runs and 88 hits during the last six games (49 innings). Thursday it was catcher Tyler Moore’s turn to shine. He bashed a home run over the Arkansas bullpen and added a double in a 3-for-4 game.

2. Aaron Nola keeps his cool

Just like Jared Poché on Wednesday, the LSU ace survived a rocky first inning by giving up just one run, then handcuffed the Arkansas batters after that. At one point, Nola retired 19 of 21 batters while allowing just one hit. He joins stellar company with his 29th career win, tying Ben McDonald and Louis Coleman for eighth in school history.

3. ‘Live from Alex Box Stadium ...’

While the primary pursuit here is LSU’s chase for a fifth SEC tournament title in six tries under coach Paul Mainieri, the backstory for the Tigers is their effort to at least nail down an NCAA regional host site. LSU’s RPI climbed to No. 12 with the win, and Kendall Rogers of now lists LSU as a regional host.