The 13-0 final score was the only normal line from the game. If you are on either LSU or Northwestern State team and didn’t see playing time, you better be in the weekend rotation. Combined the two squads used 48 players (17 pitchers).
LSU scored it’s 13 runs on 12 hits and actually left 10 runners on base. Seem odd? Because it is. LSU feasted off Demon miscues that included seven walks, Two hit by pitches, Three wild pitches and four fielding errors.
The Tigers scored two runs in the first without a ball leaving the infield. In the second, LSU scored three runs thanks to a two RBI single by Raph Rhymes. Rhymes drove in a total of four runs going 2-4 from the plate. It was in the fifth innings were LSU opened the game up. 13 LSU batter recorded an at bat in the innings and when Northwester State recorded the last out of the inning, seven Tigers had crossed the plate. LSU would add another run in the Seventh innings to seal the 13-0 win.
The Tigers used nine pitchers to record the shutout. Aaron Nola started the game and earned the win. He pitched two innings and recoded three strikeouts, only giving up one hit. With Nola only pitching two innings and throwing 32 pitches, it allows him to be available to start this weekend if needed. Nick Rumbelow made his first appearance in a few games due to arm soreness. He pitched the top half of the fifth innings a struck out two Demons. The entire staff struck out 10 Demons, walked two and gave up six hits. It was a great warm up game for the bullpen as they prepare for Mississippi State.
The win improves the 13th ranked Tigers to 14-3 on the season. Next up is a three game series this weekend against the 21st ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs. The series will open up SEC play and will be the toughest challenge on the season for LSU.