LSU records 13th shutout of season

By By Chris LeBlanc / Special to the American Press

BATON ROUGE — Sixth-ranked LSU defeated Tulane 6-0 Tuesday night for its 13th shutout of the year.

Seven LSU pitchers combined to limit the Green Wave (15-23) to six hits. The Tigers (31-10-1) added to their single-season

school record for shutouts.

LSU pounded out 14 hits for the game and scored six runs on 12 hits against Tulane starting pitcher Tyler Mapes (4-3), normally a member of the Wave’s weekend rotation.

Junior left-hander Zac Person (2-1), the second of seven LSU pitchers, earned the win.

“I feel confident in saying that this was our best offensive game of the season,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Mapes is an outstanding pitcher who could pitch in an SEC starting rotation. I thought

our hitters really dug in against him and delivered some tremendous at-bats.”

The Tigers had 14 hits, led by Jake Fraley’s three hits and three RBIs. Andrew Stevenson, Mark Laird and Alex Bergman each

had two hits.

LSU is 11-2 in the month of April after ending March on a four-game losing streak.

“I’ve said that teams usually start playing their best by April 1, and that’s what has happened with our team,” Mainieri said.

“We got off to a bit of a slow start in SEC play, but our guys have been resilient and we’re right where we need to be as

we begin the sprint to the finish of the regular season.”