Bats get LSU off to quick start _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU first baseman Chris Chinea is hit by a pitch thrown by Auburn starter Rocky McCord in the third inning Sunday at Alex Box Stadium. The play contributed to a three-run burst that gave LSU a 6-0 lead in its 6-2 win.

Auburn starter Keegan Thompson shut down LSU’s usually potent bats for nine innings Saturday.

Paul Mainieri’s squad wouldn’t allow that to happen against right-hander Rocky McCord in Sunday’s series finale.

LSU left fielder Chris Sciambra led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field, followed by an RBI double down the left-field line from Mark Laird to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.

“We got on them early, and that’s something we try to do,” Laird said. “They missed some opportunities, but I felt like we jumped out to a good start.”

LSU had as many hits (six) in the first three innings Sunday as it did all of the previous night, scoring six runs over that span.

The home Tigers broke the game open in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with no outs before catcher Kade Scivicque lined an RBI single to right field.

Scivicque said it was the perfect way to respond after being smothered by Thompson the night before.

“We were just looking to bounce back from last night,” Scivicque said. “We came out here fired up and tried to hit the ball through the infield. We caught a few breaks, and it worked out for us.”

The quick offensive outburst was critical, Mainieri said, considering the previous two games of the series. Friday’s contest didn’t begin until 9:05 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. first pitch Saturday.

“On Sunday, you’re tired,” Mainieri said. “You’ve played two night games that were very emotional games. Our energy level wasn’t real outstanding, so you’re glad you get on top.”

Laird returns

Mainieri sent Laird home during Saturday’s game because the junior was running a fever.

Laird said he wasn’t feeling much better Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop him from finding his way back onto the diamond.

“I made up my mind that I was going to try to play through it yesterday,” Laird said. “I knew I was going to play today, though.”

The Monroe native didn’t waste any time making his presence felt, hitting an RBI double to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

A 2-for-4 day at the plate proved to be the best medicine.

“It makes me feel a little better,” Laird said.

Streaking Scivicque

It has been just over a month since Scivicque went hitless in a game.

On March 11 in a 7-0 victory against McNeese State, the Maurepas native finished 0-for-2 with an RBI.

He’s been mashing the ball since.

Scivicque extended his hitting streak to 20 games, a team-best this season, after roping an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the third inning Sunday.

He went 3-for-11 in the series, picking up one hit in all three games. He leads the team in batting average (.386).

Though he has been made aware of his streak at the plate, he said he tries to not pay attention to it.

“I try not to focus or worry about that,” Scivicque said. “I just try to come out every day and get a hit and try to help my team win in any way that I can.”

Lagniappe

Scivicque’s bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the third inning broke an 0-for-10 streak for the Tigers with the bases loaded. … Alex Bregman made his second throwing error of the series in the top of the fourth. It was his third error of the season.