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Nola and LSU roll

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BATON ROUGE, La -

Courtesy: LSU Athletics 

Junior pitcher Aaron Nola (2-0) pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball Friday night as LSU downed Virginia Tech, 9-0, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman field.

LSU returns to Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field tomorrow to face Toledo at 6 p.m. The contest will proceed a 1 p.m. matchup between Texas Southern and Virginia Tech, which is free to the public. The game can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM. Live stats and audio will be available at LSUsports.net.

Nola fired 87 pitches and recorded eight strikeouts and one walk. Alden Cartwright and Zac Person relieved Nola for the final two innings and allowed a hit apiece.

LSU struck for four runs in the second inning after a RBI single by sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson followed by a three-run home run from leadoff hitter Sean McMullen.

The middle of the order sparked a three-run third inning. Alex Bregman started the inning with a double to the right-center field gap. Connor Hale then reached on an error before Chris Chinea advanced the runners on a groundout to second.

Christian Ibarra then lined to left for a two-RBI double and advanced to third on the throw. Tyler Moore plated Ibarra on a hard single to the first base side.

The Tigers produced two runs in the fourth inning after three walks and a Chinea sacrifice fly. Ibarra then lined a RBI single to right-center field to plate Mark Laird.

Bregman has reached base safely in all five games this season. McMullen and Ibarra matched career highs with three RBIs apiece. Ibarra also matched a career high with three hits. In innings two through four this season, the Tigers have outscored opponents 22-0.

Virginia Tech's Brad Markey (1-1) was charged with the loss. Markey went 2 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk.

 

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