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BATON ROUGE, La. – Third baseman Tommy White’s three-run homer in the fifth inning Tuesday night broke a scoreless tie and sparked top-ranked LSU to a 16-0 win over New Orleans in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU, which has won 11 straight games, improved to 16-1 on the year, while UNO dropped to 11-6. The victory marked LSU’s sixth shutout this season, a figure that leads the nation.

The Tigers open SEC play at 6 p.m. CT Friday when they face Texas A&M at Blue Bell Park in Bryan-College Station, Texas. The game will be telecast on the SEC Network, and it may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.

LSU right-hander Garrett Edwards (2-0) earned the win Tuesday night in relief of starter Chase Shores. Edwards entered the game in the third inning and fired 3.2 perfect frames with five strikeouts.

UNO starter Colton Mercer (2-1) was charged with the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

“You couldn’t ask for much more from our pitching staff,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “We’ve given up two runs or less in eight of our last 10 games; we’re going to win when we do that. They’re doing a great job, they just need to keep executing.

With the game tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, LSU leftfielder Paxton Kling drew a one-out walk from Mercer. After Mercer retired first baseman Tre’ Morgan, centerfielder Dylan Crews singled up the middle, sending Kling to third.

UNO reliever Trey Usey entered the game, and White greeted him with a three-run blast to left field for his sixth homer of the year.

“Tommy was just doing his deal,” Johnson said. “He got a mistake, and he stayed on it, blasted it out of here and got us going. From there, we were off and rolling and executed a couple of things offensively that put pressure on them, and we broke the game open.”

LSU expanded its lead to 10-0 with a seven-run sixth inning that featured a two-run homer by second baseman Gavin Dugas, his fifth dinger of the season.

The Tigers added six more runs in the eighth, as pinch hitter Josh Pearson delivered a two-run double and pinch hitter Hayden Travinski provided a two-run single to highlight the uprising.

LSU relievers Riley Cooper, Blake Money and Christian Little each pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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cajunmud13 months
A&M sold naming rights to their baseball park...hmmm.
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Turnblad8513 months
Starting to think the tigers might be pretty good this year.
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wesman2113 months
For those of you keeping track at home

We now have:

11 wins by ten runs or more

7 wins via 7 inning run rule

6 shutouts
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mla010013 months
FYI, this was not a Run-Rule game because, in non-conference games only, the visiting team decides, before the game begins, if the Run-Rule will be in effect. Blake Dean (UNO coach) decided to play a 9-inning format. In SEC series, the League has already decided that it will be “in effect”, in all SEC series.
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BayouTiga13 months
Don't think the Run-Rule will come into play for most SEC games. SEC baseball has always been good but this year, another level. Buckle up as it is going to be a gauntlet.
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NPComb13 months
Dayyymmmm!
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TheWalrus13 months
Is that good? It seems good.
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TheTigershark13 months
Why was this not a run rule? They just decide to play on?
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