LSU off to best start in school history

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
JaCoby Jones celebrates with his teammates. Photo by

A five-run first inning propelled No. 2 LSU (30-2, 11-1 SEC) to an 11-4 victory over No. 7 Kentucky Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.

In the series sweep over the Wildcats, LSU scored a total of 31 runs on 39 hits. The Tigers have won 12 straight games overall and nine consecutive SEC contests.

LSU's 30-2 record is the best 32-game mark in the history of Fighting Tigers baseball. The Tigers' 11-1 league record is the best conference mark for an LSU squad since the 1997 team won 12 of its first 13 SEC games.

The Tigers will face Southern on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the rescheduled Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at Zephyr Field in Metairie,.

"I'm very proud of the way our team played all weekend against the seventh-ranked team in the country," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Our players performed with a passion and an intensity that is characteristic of the LSU tradition. This team has great chemistry, they work together extremely well and they're willing to do what they have to do to get better as the season progresses."

Kentucky grabbed its first lead of the weekend in the first inning Sunday with an RBI single from third baseman Max Kuhn.

The Tigers answered quickly in the bottom of the inning with a two-RBI triple from shortstop Alex Bregman, extending his hitting streak to 20 games.

A sacrifice fly from first baseman Mason Katz and a two-run homer from second baseman JaCoby Jones (3-for-4) extended the Tigers' lead to 5-1 in the first inning. Jones added another RBI in the third inning with an RBI-single.

Katz came through again with an RBI-single in the fourth, along with a two-RBI single from third baseman Christian Ibarra, putting the Tigers ahead 7-1.

Jones' third hit of the day came in the seventh frame on a RBI-double, scoring Ibarra.

Bregman added the Tigers' final run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly to right-center field.

LSU sophomore right-hander Cody Glenn (5-1) earned the victory, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out one.

"I'm very proud and happy for Cody," Mainieri said. "He had a rough outing last weekend at Missouri, but he and (pitching coach) Alan Dunn worked hard this week, and I had a feeling Cody was ready to give us a great effort. We were hoping to get five innings from him, but he exceeded that with six outstanding innings."

Kentucky starter Corey Littrell (4-1) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs (four earned) on nine hits, three walks and one strikeout.