LSU Blanks Virginia Tech, 9-0
The second-ranked LSU Tigers opened up weekend play defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies, 9-0, in non-conference action on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium at Skip Bertman Field.
For LSU, it's their fifth-consecutive victory to begin the 2014 season.
The Tigers jumped on Virginia Tech starter Brad Markey for four runs, three of them unearned, in the bottom of the second inning, when Chris Chinea reached on an error, and later scored on a Andrew Stevenson single, making it 1-0.
One batter later, Sean McMullen followed with a three-run home run, increasing the LSU advantage to 4-0.
The Tigers put three more runs on the board in the third. courtesy of two RBI's by Christian Ibarra, one by Tyler Moore, and one unearned run, building the lead to 7-0.
LSU then put things completely out of reach with two more runs in the fourth, on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Chinea, along with an RBI single by Ibarra, making it 9-0.
From there, the Tigers coasted to the 9-0 shutout win.
Aaron Nola (2-0) pitched seven no-hit innings to record the win. Nola only walked one, while striking out eight.
In a losing cause for Virginia Tech Markey (1-1) suffered the loss, lasting only 2.1 innings.
Ibarra led the way at the plate for LSU, going 3-for-4 with three RBI's, while McMullen, who homered, went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.
The Tigers out-hit the Hokies, 9-2.
With victory, LSU improved to 5-0, while Virginia Tech fell to 1-2.
The Tigers will take on Toledo on Saturday night at 6 o'clock, and then wrap-up play over the weekend on Sunday, squaring off with Texas Southern at 3 o'clock.