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No. 2 LSU clubs No. 9 Kentucky in series opener


Second-ranked LSU broke open a tie game with a four-run fifth inning rally and never looked back routing Kentucky, 11-1, Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (28-2, 9-1 SEC) pounded three Wildcats pitchers for 14 hits, with JaCoby Jones leading the way with a three hit night. Alex Bregman extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI triple that capped a three-run seventh inning rally.

Ty Ross added a 2-for-3 night scoring two runs and Raph Rhymes picked up an RBI single. Mason Katz added to his nation's best RBI total, getting 50 and 51 with a two-run single.

The Tigers had 10 combined runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Aaron Nola (5-0) pitched seven innings of 4-hit baseball and struck out 7 Wildcats to earn the pitching victory. He had a shaky fourth inning allowing three walks and finally gave up his first hit and run in the fifth inning.

Kentucky pitcher A.J. Reed pitched a good game into the fifth inning until the Tigers loaded the bases. Wildcats third baseman Paul McConkey had a wild throw to first trying to throw out Christian Ibarra which allowed two Tigers to score.

Kentucky falls to 22-7 and 6-4 in the SEC.

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