After claiming their first series victory over Auburn (15-10, 0-6) in four tries on Saturday night with a 5-1 victory, LSU (22-2, 5-1) entered the game on Sunday looking for their first SEC series sweep. That’s exactly what they got, as LSU used the early innings to get a comfortable lead to take some pressure off of sophomore starter Cody Glenn in their 8-2 victory over Auburn.
Glenn was very impressive in his outing today for the Tigers. He threw 7.2 innings and gave up six hits, two walks, and two earned runs. Coach Paul Mainieri was very impressed with what he saw from his lone left-handed starter, especially given the weather conditions that both teams experienced today.
“Cody scuffled through the first couple of innings, and then he just got into a groove,” said Mainieri. “It’s no secret what he has to do to be successful. He has to stay down in the zone and let his sinker work. He made some good pitches and his confidence went up as he progressed through the game.”
“The conditions were really difficult for him today and I thought that the weather might affect him a little bit. He overcame it today.”
Glenn ran into a couple of rough patches throughout the contest on Sunday, but he bounced back and allowed his defense to play behind him, something he was hoping to do this weekend.
“I just tried to stay settled down and let my defense play for me,” said Glenn. “We got a lot of double plays and I got some quick outs. That kind of stuff kept me rolling and allowed me to go deep in the game today.”
LSU took the lead in the first inning by scoring four runs right away and batting through the entire lineup. While they scored four runs in the first inning, LSU wasn’t putting on a hitting clinic by any means.
Chris Sciambra led off the game with a fly ball to very shallow left field that got caught in the wind. It eventually fell in between the left fielder and shortstop, allowing Sciambra to advance to second. The rest of the inning went the same way for the Tigers. Mainieri explained that his team didn’t knock the cover off of the ball, but they did enough offensively to get a win today.
“I don’t think it was a very potent offensive attack today, and we had a lot of fortuitous hits today,” said Mainieri. “There were some crazy things that happened for us today, especially in that first inning when we didn’t get a ball out of the infield. We just found a lot of holes and singled them to death.”
LSU had three players end the game with three hits. Perhaps the most noteworthy was freshman Alex Bregman, who had his fourth three-hit game in a row today, in addition to two RBI.
Mason Katz and Mark Laird also had three-hit days, with Laird adding an RBI as well. Laird explained that he was very satisfied with what he saw out of the Tigers today.
“We came out here with a lot of confidence today,” said Laird. “We really just wanted to start fast and get Cody a good lead. We did that today.”
Raph Rhymes and Chris Chinea each collected two RBI in the game, coming through in the clutch for LSU on Sunday.
Throughout the series, defense was also a key to the success of LSU. Until late in the game on Sunday, LSU had played error-free baseball for the entire series, something that Mainieri was very complimentary of.
“With the exception of the error by JaCoby Jones, I thought we played very good defense this weekend,” said Mainieri. “We almost had three errorless games this weekend, but it was a good victory overall and it was good to get the sweep.”
The LSU bullpen also did their jobs today, as Will LaMarche and Chris Cotton teamed up to shut Auburn down in the final 1.1 innings.
LSU will travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane on Tuesday night, before continuing SEC play at Missouri next weekend.