LSU senior second baseman Jared Foster dug into the batter’s box in the bottom of the first inning with no outs.
He wasn’t the leadoff hitter on Paul Mainieri’s lineup card.
Foster batted eighth in Wednesday night’s non-conference contest against Lamar. By the time he strolled to the plate, the Tigers had already put six runs on the board.
Backed by an explosive first inning and senior southpaw Kyle Bouman’s best outing of the season, the Tigers easily tackled Lamar 11-2 at Alex Box Stadium on Wednesday night.
It all began with a leadoff walk by sophomore left fielder Jake Fraley on a 3-2 count.
The contest went downhill from there.
Junior right fielder Mark Laird stepped to the plate in the next at-bat, lacing an RBI single to center field. After junior shortstop Alex Bregman drew a walk, seniors Conner Hale and Kade Scivicque roped back-to-back doubles to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Two batters later, junior first baseman Chris Chinea slammed an RBI double to left-center field to cap off the Tigers’ six-run first inning.
Then the fireworks began.
Bregman began the show by drilling his eighth home run of the season into the left field bleachers, extending the Tigers’ lead to 7-0.
One inning later, it was Chinea’s turn. With one on and no outs, the Miami, Florida, native cranked his fifth home run of the season over the left field wall. Chinea’s four runs driven in tied his career-high for RBIs in a game.
LSU (32-6) added its 10th run in the bottom of the seventh inning after freshman Greg Deichmann crossed home plate for the first time in his Tigers career on a wild pitch.
And right when it seemed like LSU was finished scoring, sophomore pitcher Collin Strall decided that he wanted to see an 11th run on the board.
Earlier this season, Bouman collected an infield single as a pinch-hitter. Strall kept the Tigers’ pitchers perfect at the plate.
He laced an RBI single off the third baseman’s glove.
That would prove to be plenty of run support for Bouman on the mound.
The Ferguson, Missouri, native had his best outing of the season on Wednesday evening, tossing a season-high five innings of one-run baseball, allowing five hits and recording three strikeouts.
Lamar’s lone run off Bouman came in the top of the fifth inning after sophomore center fielder Brendan Satran launched his third home run of the year to left field.