The Tigers matched the best start in school history Friday night with an 11-1 rout of Kentucky before 7,433 at Alex Box Stadium. The 1986 team also was 28-2. That was the first LSU team to reach the College World Series under then third year head coach Skip Bertman.
Aaron Nola moved to 5-0, pitching 7 strong innings of 4 hit baseball. Nola allowed 1 run, and struck out 7.
The Tigers broke the game open with a 4 run 5th inning that included a two run single by Jacoby Jones. Jones had 3 hits in 5 plate appearances. Jones raised his average from .188 to .195.
“It is a very significant accomplishment to match the best start in school history,” said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. “But, we have a lot of work to do.”
Starting with game 2 of the series against Kentucky Saturday at 6:30 pm.