Glenn Guilbeau / USA Today
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s April shower of power continued Tuesday night as the No. 6 Tigers defeated Tulane, 6-0, for their 11th win in 13 games this month and fourth shutout over that span in front of 5,731 at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU (31-10-1) stroked 14 hits, including 12 off Tulane ace Tyler Mapes, and got at least one hit from nine players. Starter Kyle Bouman threw 4.2 innings of three-hit ball and combined with six other pitchers to throw the Tigers’ second consecutive shutout. Freshman left fielder Jake Fraley recorded three hits and drove in three runs.
Zac Person, who threw just one inning of relief for Bouman, picked up the victory to go to 2-1. LSU’s pitching staff has thrown a school record 13 shutouts on the season. Tulane fell to 15-23.
“This was maybe our best offensive performance of the year, considering who the starting pitcher was,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “We had outstanding at-bats one after another.”
LSU put up four straight hits off Mapes (4-3) in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead as Sean McMullen doubled, Alex Bergman singled, Fraley singled in a run and Kade Scivicque singled.
Bergman was thrown out at third on a base running blunder, though, and Mapes got Tyler Moore and Christian Ibarra out in order to end the inning.
The Tigers made it 3-0 in the third with three more hits. Fraley delivered a two-out, two run single to score Andrew Stevenson and Mark Laird, who each had singled to start the inning. Moore singled, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch by Mapes and scored on an RBI grounder to short by Stevenson for a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Back-to-back singles by Ibarra and Stevenson and a RBI double by Laird before a sacrifice fly by McMullen made it 6-0 in the sixth.
“Everybody is relaxing now,” Laird said. “That was a great offensive game for us.”
LSU hosts Tennessee Friday through Sunday.