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Aaron on the side of Nola; LSU opens series with win

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From LSU Athletics: 

Junior right-hander Aaron Nola only allowed two hits andstruck out 10 batters in a 3-0 win over Mississippi State Friday night at AlexBox Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

 

LSU improved to 22-8-1 overall, 4-5-1 in the SoutheasternConference. Mississippi State is 20-11 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

 

Freshman left-hander Jared Poche' (5-2, 2.61 ERA) will startfor the Tigers on Saturday, while junior left-hander Ross Mitchell (5-1, 1.55ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Bulldogs.

 

Friday's win marked the 10th shutout of the season for LSU,which ties the school record set in 1996.  Nola has been a part of fiveshutouts this season and 12 during his three-year career.  

 

Nola improved to 6-1 on the year by limiting the Bulldogs totwo singles in eight shutout innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He fired116 pitches and reduced his season ERA to 0.47.

 

"Aaron Nola continues to raise his level of excellence witheach outing," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I'm running out of words todescribe how great this young man is. He is without a doubt the best pitcher inthe country, and it's truly a privilege to coach him.

 

"I'm glad we were able to get him some run support early andtake some of the pressure off of him. We swung the bat pretty well andgenerated some offense early to take the lead. I thought we overall we played avery good ball game, and I was very pleased with the way our players competed."

 

The Tigers' first two runs came in the third inning. Back-to-back triples by designated hitter Sean McMullen and rightfielderMark Laird gave LSU a 1-0 lead. Shortstop Alex Bregman then singled through theleft side to plate Laird and make it a 2-0 game.

 

LSU added a run in the fourth inning. With runners on secondand third, McMullen flied out to left field to score catcher Tyler Moore.

 

Right-hander Joe Broussard earned his sixth save of the yearafter retiring the Bulldogs in order in the top of the ninth.

 

Mississippi State starter Trevor Fitts (2-2) was charged theloss after giving up two runs on four hits in two innings with one walk and onestrikeout. 

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