LSU thundered its way to a series win Sunday, thrashing Hawaii 14-1 and setting a new season high with 17 hits at Alex Box Stadium.
Everybody played their part in the beatdown. By the time the fifth inning was complete, every player in LSU’s starting lineup recorded at least one hit and scored a run, and leadoff hitter Zach Watson was the only one not to have driven in at least one run.
“It’s a lot of fun to be able to go out there and compete when the whole team is moving as a unit,” said Austin Bain, who started his second game at first base and went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and one driven in.
LSU (11-6) truly broke the game wide open in that fifth inning, when it scored seven runs and sent 11 batters to the plate.
LSU only had four hits in that inning but made Hawaii (8-6) pay for starting the inning with two free passes, then extending it with a pair of errors.
Daniel Cabrera, Brandt Broussard and Hunter Feduccia did the majority of the damage, with each connecting on an RBI double. Feduccia’s was the last hit of the inning, scoring two and giving LSU a 13-0 lead.
Six LSU players finished the game with multiple hits, and three drove in multiple runs. Feduccia matched his career high with four RBIs and leads the team with 15 this season.
“Being a five-hole (hitter), there’s usually going to be guys on,” Feduccia said. “I’m just trying to do my job and get them in.”
LSU was just two days removed from losing the series opener to Hawaii after going 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Sunday, the Tigers were 7 for 19 in that situation.
“When you don’t live and die by the home run — and we don’t do that — it’s just so much more important to come through in situational hitting with runners in scoring position,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri.
Mainieri was especially happy with his team for not taking its foot off the gas after it jumped out to a 6-0 lead through three innings.
The previous night, LSU scored five runs in the first three innings and then was shut down by Hawaii’s relief corps.
“I was really happy that we showed a little more killer instinct tonight,” Mainieri said.
Freshman right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard (4-0) turned in a strong effort in his first career start, shutting down the Rainbow Warriors for 5⅓ scoreless innings. Hilliard has started his career off with 17⅓ consecutive scoreless innings.
Four LSU relievers combined to allow two hits and one run in the final 3⅔ innings.
Rounding out one of its more complete overall performances of the year, LSU also turned in a fine defensive day, turning a season-high three double plays.