It was the largest margin of victory in LSU’s storied baseball history--and the only reason it wasn’t larger is because Mother Nature stepped in.
Tyler Moore and Alex Bregman each had eight RBIs and five pitchers combined on LSU’s first no-hitter since 1979 in a 27-0 rout of Northwestern State in a game that was halted in the sixth because of lightning.
Jared Poche’, Kyle Bouman, Nate Fury, Kurt McCune and Joe Broussard combined on the no-hitter, allowing only a walk and a hit batsman. Poche’ pitched a perfect first inning and got the win, despite throwing only eight pitches. It’s the first no-no for LSU since Bobby Landry threw a seven-inning no-hitter against Southern Miss on March 14, 1979.
It’s also the most runs the Tigers had scored since they got 27 on March 22, 1998 against Arkansas. Bregman and Moore, who each had a grand slam, fell one RBI short of the team record.
"It’s really hard to put into words a description of this game," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "Northwestern State has a very good team that is battling to win its conference title this weekend, and we have tremendous respect for their program. It was just one of those nights where we squared up on pitches and swung the bats exceptionally well. Our guys are excited and looking forward to a great series at Auburn with a lot at stake, including a chance to win the SEC West."
LSU, which had 23 hits, took a 7-0 lead in the first thanks to Moore’s grand slam, scored four in the second for an 11-0 lead before a 35-minute rain delay in the top of the third, then came back and added eight more runs.
"I could have pitched batting practice, and I don't think I would have given up 27 runs," Northwestern State coach Lane Burroughs--whose team can still win the Southland Conference this weekend-- told the Shreveport Times. "I've never been involved in a game like this."
UCF at (4) Florida State: Maybe it was the midweek, afternoon start time. Maybe it was just too quiet. Maybe Florida State was looking ahead to its final regular-season series.
Whatever it was--”It was definitely weird”--FSU second baseman John Sansone told the Tallahassee Democrat.
Central Florida, fighting for an at-large bid, scored two runs in the first inning and four in the third to beat the Seminoles 8-3 Tuesday at Dick Howser Stadium, which the Tallahassee Democrat described as sparsely attended, at least at the start of the game.
The game against UCF was a late addition to FSU’s schedule, perhaps a reason why Howser was rather empty to start, creating an unfamiliar scene for Seminoles coach Mike Martin.
"It did feel unlike a Florida State baseball game,” he told the Tallahassee Democrat. “It really did. Because it was just too quiet in the beginning."
But Martin said the crowd had nothing to do with the loss. The nine walks the ‘Noles allowed did.
"We just had a frustrating day pitching," Martin told the newspaper. "Walking nine guys is not us. It's something nobody can do and expect to win. That's nine baserunners on top of 12 hits. That's 21 baserunners."
The Knights weren’t bothered by the quiet. They jumped out early, scoring on RBI doubles from James Vasquez and Matt Diorio.
The ‘Noles got one back in the bottom of the first, but UCF extended its lead to 6-1 with four runs in the top of the third, including Dylan Moore’s homer leading off.
"Tremendous effort all the way around," UCF coach Terry Rooney told ucfknights.com. "Today was the epitome of a team win. So many different pitchers contributed and a lot of different guys at the plate took advantage of opportunities, had quality at-bats throughout the day. Overall, it was a tremendous game."
UCF used six pitchers, with Robby Howell getting the win following with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Seminoles end the regular season with a three-game home series against Duke. Shortstop Justin Gonzalez, who left Tuesday’s game after colliding with D.J. Stewart in left field, should be ready to go, Martin said.
Other Top 25 Results
Virginia Commonwealth at (1) Virginia: The top-ranked Cavs wrapped up their home schedule by beating VCU 12-3. John La Prise was 3-for-4 and Joe McCarthy and Mike Papi each knocked in two runs. Midweek starter Alec Bettinger, a freshman, improved to 6-0, giving up a run on six hits in five innings, walking none and striking out two.
(2) Oregon State at Portland: Dylan Davis' seventh-inning grand slam broke a 2-2 tie as the Beavers won their 12th in a row, beating Portland 8-4. It was Davis’ first career slam. He had five RBIs overall and leads the Pac-12 with 62, a career high. The junior led the Pac-12 in RBIs last season with 61. Davis also started for the Beavers and pitched five, one-hit innings, but did not get a decision. Oregon State leads the Pac-12 by one game over Washington and the teams face off this weekend at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Seattle at (5) Washington: The Huskies got their first win over Seattle in three tries this season as Trevor Mitsui doubled three times and four pitchers combined on a 6-0 shutout.
Trevor Dunlap (3 IP), Brandon Choate (3 IP), Will Ballowe (1 IP) and Troy Rallings (2 IP) allowed just seven hits. Skyler Genger (4-1), who blanked the Huskies in the last meeting, gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings for the loss.
(6) Cal Poly at St. Mary's: The Mustangs posted their school-record 42nd win, thanks to a solid outing from junior righthander Danny Zardona (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 SO).
John Schuknecht tripled home two runs and pinch-hitter Brett Barbier had a two-run single to lift Cal Poly to the 6-5 win.
The 1977 and 1992 Mustangs teams won 41 games.
South Florida at (8) Florida: The Gators closed their home schedule by beating South Florida 8-2, thanks to a five-run second inning.
Sophomore Richie Martin was 3-for-3 and scored three times and sophomore Harrison Bader had a three-run double. Freshman Kirby Snead (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 SO) got the win in relief of Brett Morales.
"He eats up a lot of quick outs, ” coach Kevin O’Sullivan said of Snead. “Most guys, they throw three and a third and they're looking at 45 or 50 pitches. You know, he threw 30 (pitches) to get 10 outs. They stacked the lineup with four lefties at the top and had two lefties staggered there at the bottom half of the order. It wasn't an easy lineup to throw to, it was just fortunate we have some lefties we can go to."
(9) Indiana at (10) Louisville: Kyle Schwarber clubbed a mammoth homer and the Hoosiers completed the season sweep of the Cardinals in a 7-2 win. Indiana has won four in a row in the series, dating back to last season, and six of the past seven meetings.
Schwarber’s homer, his 10th of the season, cleared the batter’s eye in center field, boosted Indiana’s lead from 4-2 to 7-2, and impressed manager Tracy Smith
“I said, ‘Hell, yeah!'” Smith told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “That was a bomb.”
Scott Donley and Will Nolden also had three hits. Luke Harrison (4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 SO) got the win in relief of Sullivan Stadler, who pitched scoreless ball over the first three innings.
(11) Mississippi at Arkansas State: Ole Miss scored four runs in the first, fifth and seventh innings and got a grand slam from Colby Bortles in a 16-9 rout of Arkansas State.
In a predetermined start Evan Anderson (4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 SO) improved to 2-0. He was one of six pitchers the Rebels used.
"Evan (Anderson) was terrific tonight as he continues to work," coach Mike Bianco said. "He hasn't been able to log a lot of innings, but he's been solid for us when he's pitched and tonight was no different."
Oral Roberts at (12) Oklahoma State: The Cowboys rallied with five runs in the eighth to win their 10th in a row, 8-3 over Oral Roberts. The winning streak is OSU’s longest since it won 12 in a row in 2008.
Saulyer Saxon had the go-ahead single for the Cowboys. He had two hits, as did Donnie Walton and Gage Green. The Cowboys had eight hits--five of them in the decisive eighth inning.
Garrett Williams got the win with two scoreless innings.
"It was a good win for us," coach Josh Holliday said. "We made some mistakes early in the game that we were able to overcome. It was a 3-3 game in the bottom of the eighth, and they had their closer in the game. We did a nice job of putting together a five-spot late, which is tough for the other team to do anything about, and let (Brendan) McCurry sew it up.
(16) Houston at (14) Rice: The Cougars scored twice in the first and five times in the fifth and finished a season sweep of Rice with a 7-3 win. Houston went 3-0 against Rice for the first time since 1991 and reached 40 wins for the first time since 2008. The Cougars climbed three spots to No. 5 in the RPI with the victory.
The Citadel at (17) South Carolina: Freshman righthander Reed Scott (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 SO) shut down The Citadel in a 10-1 win. The Gamecocks reached 40 wins for the 15th year in a row. Kyle Martin had three hits and drove in three runs.
Southeast Missouri State at (18) Vanderbilt: Walker Buehler got his team-best ninth win, allowing four hits and a run over five innings, and Zander Wiel homered in a 10-4 win.
(19) Alabama at Jacksonville State: The Tide had 18 hits and scored eight times in the first en route to a 15-10 win.
Sophomore Daniel Cucjen had four hits and an RBI and Mikey White knocked in three runs.
“It was a tremendous offensive effort. To come out in the first inning and get eight hits and eight runs it got us off to a great start,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. “(Jacksonville State) did a good job to get back in it, but we did a great job to answer their scores, and we were able to stretch it out late.”
UC Santa Barbara at (23) Pepperdine: Aaron Brown homered to back Jackson McClelland (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 SO) in the Waves’ 12-5 win.
UCLA at (24) UC Irvine: Connor Spencer had three hits and scored three times and Mitch Merten pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Evan Manarino in Irvine’s 10-2 win.
Other Notable Results
North Carolina 7, Gardner-Webb 2
Duke 10, Richmond 3
Maryland 4, West Virginia 2