BATON ROUGE, La.—LSU junior right-hander Aaron Nola pitched six scoreless innings Friday night, scattering four hits in the second-ranked Tigers’ 2-0 win over the University of New Orleans in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The win was LSU’s 13th straight in a season-opening game. The contest was played before a paid crowd of 12,472, the second-largest attendance figure in LSU baseball history.
LSU (1-0) faces UNO (0-1) again at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and it can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM. Live stats and audio will be available at LSUsports.net, and live video is available at ESPN3.com.
Junior left-hander Kyle Bouman will start Saturday’s game on the mound for LSU, while the Privateers will counter with right-hander Alex Smith.
Nola (1-0) fired 81 pitches Friday night, recording no walks and six strikeouts in the victory. Junior Joe Broussard provided two innings of strong relief work, allowing Bone walk with two strikeouts.
Senior right-hander Kurt McCune worked a scoreless ninth for the save. McCune struck out two Privateers and forced a groundout to close the game.
“I think we’re certainly capable of swinging the bats better than we did tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “but overall it was a solid performance. Our guys were just so happy to finally be able to play an actual game after so many practices and scrimmages. Aaron Nola gave us a very strong outing as we know he would, but as I told our players, Aaron is only going to start about 14 of our 56 regular-season games. We can’t count on the pitching to carry us every night like it did tonight.”
In his debut for the Tigers, junior second baseman Connor Hale singled to right center to begin the third inning. Sophomore left fielder Mark Laird then doubled to left field. With runners on second and third, sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman lined an RBI single to right field to score Hale.
In the bottom of the sixth, junior third baseman Christian Ibarra led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Junior first baseman Tyler Moore then produced a bunt single to advance Ibarra to third. Junior DH Kade Scivicque provided the first RBI of his LSU career with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Starter Raymond Winter (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Privateers. Winter allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts. UNO relievers Darron McKigney and Seth Laigast combined to blank the Tigers over the final three innings.