NEW ORLEANS — Alex Bregman remained as consistent with three-hit games as the LSU baseball team did in scoring in the first inning.
Bregman had his fifth consecutive three-hit game and the Tigers scored in the first inning for the fifth consecutive game in a 14-1 victory against Tulane on Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium. The game was called after eight innings due to mercy rule.
Actually, Bregman went one better, getting four singles in four at bats after having three hits in each of his most recent four games. It was the 13th consecutive game and 18th in the last 19th that Bregman had a hit as he raised his team-leading batting average to .462.
No. 2 LSU, which hasn’t trailed in its last five games, kept pace with the best start in school history as it improved to 23-2. The Tigers return to Southeastern Conference play when they play at Missouri in the opener of a three game series Friday.
The Tigers won their fifth straight and ninth in 11 games against the Green Wave, who come to Alex Box Stadium on April 2.
Tulane, 14-13, begins a three-game C-USA series against Rice in Houston on Thursday.
Mason Katz had three hits and four runs batted in, Andrew Stevenson had two hits and two RBI, Sean McMullen had a two-run single, and Bregman, Christian Ibarra, Sean McMullen, Tyler Moore and Chris Chinea drove in one run each.
That was much more offense than freshman right-hander Russell Reynolds (1-0) needed in his third consecutive solid start. He pitched a season-high seven innings and held the Green Wave to four hits and one run.
LSU took a 5-0 lead against former Parkview Baptist left-hander Brady Wilson before Tulane batted.
After one out, Laird walked and Bregman and Raph Rhymes singled to load the bases. Katz lofted a fly ball just inside fair territory in right field for a two-run double.
Ibarra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 and it appeared Wilson would get out of it when JaCoby Jones popped to shallow left. Left fielder Andrew Garner and center field Blake Crohan converged indecisively and Garner dropped the ball for an error as Katz scored. Stevenson’s RBI single made it 5-0.
Laird started another one-out rally in the second when he singled. He moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Bregman’s single, finishing Wilson. Reliever Daniel Rankin threw a wild pitch and one out later, Katz’s single made it 7-0.
Tulane got a run in the bottom half when Sean Potkay was hit by a pitch leading off, went to second on a passed ball, third on Garner’s single and home on Richard Carthon’s fielder’s-choice grounder.
LSU answered in the third as Stevenson was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved up on Ty Ross’ single and scored on McMullen’s sacrifice fly.
The Tigers made it 9-1 in the fourth as Bregman led off with his third consecutive single and Rhymes and Katz followed with singles.
LSU batted around again in the eighth, scoring five runs. Moore’s grounder, Stevenson’s RBI single, Chinea’s sacrifice fly, and McMullen’s two-run single drove in the runs.