COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ryan Eades pitched eight shutout innings to power the Fighting Tigers to an 8-0 victory over Missouri Saturday night at Taylor Stadium, clinching the three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series.
LSU (25-2 overall, 7-1 SEC) won its third league series in as many weeks to remain atop the SEC West division. It will go for the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.
Eades, who worked a career-high eight innings, improved to 6-0 this season and lowered his ERA to 1.35, striking out five and walking three. Missouri (9-14, 2-6) got nine hits off the junior right-hander, but for the second consecutive evening, those hits did not translate into runs.
Nick Rumbelow worked a perfect ninth to give LSU its first back-to-back shutouts in SEC play since it won at Arkansas 7-0 and 6-0 on April 23-24, 2005. The last time LSU won the first two games of an SEC series by shutout also came vs. Arkansas, 3-0 and 8-0 on April 26-27, 2002 at the old Alex Box Stadium.
LSU posted back-to-back shutouts twice in 2012 prior to the opening of conference play.
LSU pitchers have fired 24.2 consecutive scoreless innings over the past three games, beginning in the second inning on Tuesday night at Tulane.
“That was another tremendous effort by Ryan Eades,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He battles with every pitch, and our defense was outstanding behind him throughout the game. He did a great job in working out of jams, and the three double plays we turned provided a big boost.
“The conditions for hitting were much more favorable tonight that they were last night, and again our aggressive approach at the plate allowed us to give Ryan a comfortable lead.”