NEW ORLEANS - Shortstop Alex Bregman (4-for-4) recorded his fifth straight game with at least three hits as No. 2 LSU (23-2) battered Tulane (14-13) by a score of 14-1 in eight innings Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium.
The game was called due to a 10-run mercy rule after the eighth inning. LSU has now won 21 straight games against Louisiana schools and 27 consecutive midweek games.
LSU will resume SEC play with a weekend series against Missouri beginning on Friday in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers are 23-2 for only the third time in school history, matching the 25-game records of the 1986 and 1997 LSU squads.
"We had a great approach at the plate and a lot of aggressive swings, and that approach gave us the early lead," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We've got a pretty potent lineup, and we were really locked in at the plate tonight. The early runs took some pressure off of (LSU starting pitcher) Russell Reynolds, and he delivered a great performance. He was in complete control and retired 12 in a row at one point. He demonstrated that he has the ability to take on a prominent role on our staff."
In the first inning Tuesday, first baseman Mason Katz started the offensive showcase with a two-RBI double, putting the Tigers ahead 2-0. LSU got three more runs in the first as third baseman Christian Ibarra lifted a sacrifice fly and the Tigers took advantage of a misplayed fly ball by the Tulane outfield.
Katz finished 3-for-4 on the night with four runs batted in, adding to his NCAA-leading 41 RBI on the season.
Two more runs came in the second inning for LSU with RBI singles from Bregman and Katz, giving the Tigers a 7-0 advantage.
Tulane got its only run of the game in the second with an RBI fielder's choice from designated hitter Richard Carthon.
LSU added runs in the third and fourth innings as designated hitter Sean McMullen delivered a sacrifice fly, and another RBI single from Katz made it 9-1.
Five more runs for LSU came in the eighth on RBI from outfielder Andrew Stevenson and catcher Chris Chinea, along with a two-out, two-RBI single from McMullen.
LSU right-hander Russell Reynolds (1-0) was nearly untouchable, earning the victory in seven innings of work, allowing unearned run on four hits while striking out four. The outing marked the first career LSU victory for Reynolds, a freshman from Baton Rouge.