BATON ROUGE – LSU finally got a game in around the rain, and then everyone just wanted it to end.
And it finally did, mercifully, when third base umpire Mark Chapman spotted lightning in the distance and called the game with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. LSU was batting at the time and left two runners on base, but it still beat Northwestern State 27-0 and set a school record for largest margin of victory in front of 3,511 at Alex Box Stadium on Tuesday night.
The No. 10 Tigers (37-14-1) hit five home runs, including two by Alex Bregman and grand slams by Bregman and Tyler Moore, while also no-hitting the no-luck Demons (30-22) behind five pitchers for LSU’s first combined no-hitter in school history and first of any kind since 1979.
“I could have pitched batting practice, and I don’t think I would have given up 27 runs,” said Northwestern State coach Lane Burroughs, whose team can win the Southland Conference this weekend. “I’ve never been involved in a game like this.”
The Demons (18-9 in the Southland) are one game out of first place behind Sam Houston State and A&M Corpus Christi entering a Thursday-Saturday series at Southeastern Louisiana 40 minutes away in Hammond. Burroughs planned on giving his team Wednesday off in Baton Rouge.
“I don’t know if practicing will be the right thing to do after something like that,” Burroughs said. “I think we’ll go to a movie or maybe to the BASS Pro Shop instead. Once you get behind like that, it’s really difficult.”
LSU, which collected 23 hits, took a 7-0 lead in the first with a Moore grand slam, added four in the second for an 11-0 lead before a 35-minute rain delay in the top of the third. The Tigers, who had their games against Alabama rained out on Sunday and Friday around a doubleheader split on Saturday, put up another seven in the bottom of the third for an 18-0 lead. Bregman finished 4-for-5 with eight RBIs, and Moore was 3-for-4 with eight RBIs. The last LSU hitter to get eight RBIs in a game was Brad Cresse against Tulane in 2000.
“We treated it like it was our last game at the Box,” Bregman said as the Tigers ended their home regular season schedule before a three-game series at Auburn on Thursday through Saturday to end the Southeastern Conference regular season. Should LSU (14-11-1 in the SEC for sixth place) not finish the weekend and the SEC Tournament next week on a run, the Demons may have been their last home opponent.
“So we wanted to go out with a bang,” Bregman said. “Our team put together some great at-bats. I’ve never been involved in a game like that. Our offense was awesome.”
Jake Fraley and Kramer Robertson also homered for the Tigers. Starting pitcher Jared Poche (7-3) picked up the victory after one inning of work. Kyle Bouman, Nate Fury, Kurt McCune and Joe Broussard finished up.
“We were loose and had fun,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “It was an amazing game.”