LSU ends a perfect weekend
Left-hander Cody Glenn's seven shutout innings and a four-hit sixth inning guided No. 4 LSU (10-1) to a 2-0 victory over Nicholls State (7-5) at Alex Box Stadium on Sunday.
LSU capped off a successful weekend after a pair of victories over Brown. The Tigers defeated the Bears by scores of 4-3 and 7-1 on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Over the course of the weekend, Glenn (2-0) and starters Aaron Nola and Ryan Eades combined to not allow an earned run. LSU starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run in 27 innings.Glenn has not allowed an earned run in all three of his starts and matched his career high with seven innings pitched after accomplishing the same feat last week in LSU's 11-2 victory over University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The southpaw struck out five and allowed three hits and one walk.
LSU relievers Joey Bourgeois and Chris Cotton combined to strike out five in the eighth and ninth inning respectively. Cotton picked up his third save of the season after striking out the side in the final frame.
Nicholls' starter Taylor Byrd (2-1) picked up the loss in a solid effort. Byrd did not allow an LSU hit until the fifth inning and was doomed by the Tigers' big sixth.
Third baseman Christian Ibarra chopped a one-out single between third and short and moved to third on right fielder Sean McMullen's bloop single to center. Center Fielder Mark Laird scored Ibarra with a single to right and advanced McMullen a base.
Shortstop Alex Bregman produced the game's second run off of a hard hit single up the middle, which scored McMullen from second.
LSU's offense combined for seven hits, five of them off of Bryd. Seniors Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz increased their hit streaks to nine games apiece.
The Colonels mounted their best threat in the top of the first inning. Glenn stranded a runner on third after a pair of strike outs and proceeded to retire nine consecutive batters until Ibarra's error in the top of the fourth.
Following Ibarra's error, Glenn continued his dominance by retiring the next seven batters. After allowing the first batter of the game to reach base with a single, Glenn did not give up another hit until the first batter of the sixth inning.
Laird robbed an extra base hit in the top of the third inning with a diving catch just in front of the warning track in center.
LSU will play Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Box. Jase Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" participated in yesterday's first pitch ceremonies.