The LSU Tigers began their 2014 baseball season Friday night with a 2-0 win against New Orleans. All-American starting pitcher Aaron Nola picked up the win and Kurt McCune recorded the save as the Tigers held the Privateers to only four hits on the evening.
“It’s good to get one out of the way,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “It wasn’t really a thing of beauty…It just feels different the first night out. This was the first time out there against someone new, and it takes a while to get adjusted.
The Tigers didn’t need much on offense with Nola on the mound as he went six innings, surrendering only four hits with six strikeouts.
“It wasn’t really what I expected, to be honest,” said Nola, who did hit three batters Friday. “My fastball felt good, but the inside of the plate wasn’t where I want it to be. Everything else was pretty good, but I’m still just trying to get a better feel on my curveball and changeup.”
Alex Bregman and designated hitter Kade Scivicque had the two RBIs for the Tigers
Here’s the rundown for Saturday’s game against New Orleans and how you can watch the game:
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Where: Zephyr Field
TV info: CST
Live stream: ESPN3
LSU – Jr. LHP Kyle Bouman (transfer from Jefferson County (Mo.) Community College)
UNO – Jr. RHP Alex Smith (3-9, 4.50 ERA, 100.0 IP, 28 BB, 52 SO in 2013)
LSU takes on Grambling on Sunday at 4 p.m. (CT) with freshman lefty and reigning Gatorade player of the year in Louisiana Jared Poche from Lutcher (La.) High School getting the start.
The early non-conference games will serve as nice tune-ups just as they do in football and basketball as head coach Paul Mainieri tinkers with his lineup and determines who will round out the rotation behind Nola.
Hopefully, the bats wake up over the next two games, but it’s also common for pitchers to be ahead of the batters early in the season, so even though LSU struggled to score runs on Friday, it’s nothing to worry about just yet.
“I’m not going to panic about the way we hit tonight,” Mainieri said. “I know what I see everyday in practice. These guys can hit, and they’ll be fine. I’m glad we got the win, and tip your hat to UNO.”