From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior right-hander Aaron Nolapitched seven innings of no-hit baseball Friday night as LSU downed VirginiaTech, 9-0, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU(5-0) returns to Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field Saturday to face Toledoat 6 p.m. The contest will follow a 1 p.m. matchup between Texas Southern andVirginia Tech (1-2), which is free to the public.
TheLSU-Toledo game can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM. Live stats, videoand audio will be available at LSUsports.net.
Nola(2-0) fired 87 pitches and recorded eight strikeouts and one walk withoutallowing a hit. It was the deepest an LSU pitcher worked without surrendering ahit since April 15, 1995, when right-hander Brian Winders recorded 8.2 hitlessinnings at Ole Miss.
AldenCartwright and Zac Person relieved Nola for the final two innings and allowed ahit apiece. LSU has recorded three shutouts in its first five games of the 2014season.
"AaronNola was simply brilliant tonight," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "In my mind,he's the best pitcher in the country, and he certainly demonstrated it withthis outing. It would have been nice to allow him to keep going after seveninnings, but he had thrown nearly 90 pitches in an early-season game, and itwas in Aaron's best interest that he come out of the game at that time. We'vegot a long, challenging regular-season ahead of us, and we need a healthy AaronNola leading us throughout the year."
LSUstruck for four runs in the second inning after a RBI single by sophomorecenterfielder Andrew Stevenson was followed by a three-run home run fromdesignated hitter Sean McMullen.
The middle of theorder sparked a three-run third inning for the Tigers. Shortstop Alex Bregmanstarted the inning with a double to the right-center field gap. Second basemanConner Hale then reached on an error before catcher Chris Chinea advanced therunners on a groundout to second.
Third basemanChristian Ibarra then lined a two-RBI double to left and advanced to third onthe throw. First baseman Tyler Moore plated Ibarra on a hard single to thefirst base side.
The Tigers producedtwo runs in the fourth inning with a Chinea sacrifice fly and Ibarra's RBIsingle to right-center field to plate leftfielder Mark Laird.
Bregman has reachedbase safely in all five games this season. McMullen and Ibarra matched careerhighs with three RBI apiece. Ibarra also matched a career high with three hits.In innings two through four this season, the Tigers have outscored opponents22-0.
VirginiaTech's Brad Markey (1-1) was charged with the loss. Markey went 2.1 innings andgave up seven runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk.