BATON ROUGE, La.-- LSU's offense exploded for 11 runs on 10 hits as the Tigers defeated Southern on Tuesday night by a score of 11-1 at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU improved to 19-9 on the year, while Tulane dropped to 8-18. The Tigers begin a three-game SEC series against Vanderbilt on Thursday night. The first two contests will be televised by the SEC Network and ESPNU with the Saturday's game being available online only through SEC Network+ and the Watch ESPN app.
All three games of the LSU-Vanderbilt series will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 in Baton Rouge. Live audio of the games may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at LSUstats.com.
Right handed pitcher Jesse Stallings (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers after going one inning, allowing no hits and no runs. Southern's Harold Myles (0-5) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs on six hits in five innings.
In the top of the first inning, first baseman Greg Deichmann singled through the right side to score rightfielder Antoine Duplantis for the Tigers' first run of the game. Leftfielder Beau Jordan hit a two-out RBI single, driving in Deichmann to give LSU a 2-0 advantage. Jordan stole second on the next play and a wild pitch from catcher Jose DeLa Torre allowed shortstop Kramer Robertson to head home for the third run of the game for the Tigers. LSU finished off the inning as second baseman Cole Freeman was walked with the bases loaded, bringing in Jordan to extend the Tigers' lead 4-0.
With runners at the corners, Beau Jordan reached first on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the fifth to bring in designated hitter Jordan Romero, adding to LSU's lead 5-0. Southern's Myles issued three consecutive walks, scoring Jordan from third, and Duplantis was hit by a pitch on the following play, allowing third baseman Chris Reid to score as LSU grabbed a 7-0 lead.
Southern got on the board in the top of the sixth as Jaguar shortstop Malik Blaise plated in a run, cutting LSU's lead to 7-1.
The Tigers collected another three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Reid singled to first, bringing in pinch hitter Bryce Jordan to tack on LSU's eighth run. On the next play, catcher Michael Papierski hit a two-run RBI, driving in Robertson and Reid to extend LSU's lead to 10-1.
The Tigers capped off the game with an RBI single through the right side by Reid, scoring Wofford for LSU's final run.
LSU exploited its pitching staff, using eight pitchers who collected 13 strikeouts and limited the Jaguars to only one run on nine hits.