How it happened: LSU pounded out 14 hits while Tigers starting pitcher Aaron Nola gave up very few hits in an 11-1 win over the Wildcats. The victory improved LSU’s record to 28-and-2, which matches the best 30-game start in school history. The 1986 team also started 28-and-2.
At the plate: The two hitters struggling the most in the LSU line-up had multi-hit games on Friday night. Junior second baseman Jacoby Jones started the game with a solid double to right-center field and finished with 3 hits and 2 RBI. The three-hit night upped Jones’ batting average to .208.
Junior catcher Ty Ross is hitting .195 after picking up two hits. Senior first baseman Mason Katz had two RBI and has 51 for the season. Katz had 52 RBI last year.
Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI triple in the bottom of the 7th. He’s hitting .438
On the mound: LSU sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola had an unusual inning in the 4th inning. Nola walked three hitters to give him just 10 walks on the season. But outside of that inning, Nola was his dominating himself. He pitched seven innings, allowed four hits and one run. Nola also struck out seven to improve his record to 5-0.
In the field: LSU centerfielder Mark Laird had two great catches. In the 1st inning he chased down a ball in deep centerfield and made the grab as he hit the wall. In the 3rd inning, right fielder Sean McMullen lost a fly ball in the lights, but Laird ran a long way to make a diving grab.
What it means: LSU sure looked like the top team in the country, when they scored four runs in the 5th inning, three runs in the 6th inning and 3 more in the 7th inning. The Tigers are now 9-and-1 in the SEC, 1.5 games ahead of Arkansas in the Western division. LSU is tied with Vanderbilt for the overall lead in the SEC. The Commodores are also 9-and-1 after beating Ole Miss 3-1.
Up next: Game two of the series is at 6:30 PM on Saturday. Junior right-hander Ryan Eades (6-0 1.35 ERA) will start for LSU. Kentucky will send senior left-hander Jerad Grundy (5-2 2.15 ERA) to the hill.