Postgame: LSU 9, Virginia Tech 0

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

Aaron Nola struck out eight and didn't allow a hit or run. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

Aaron Nola struck out eight and didn’t allow a hit or run. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

The Studs

  • Aaron Nola, LSU pitcher: The guy threw seven innings of scoreless, no-hit ball before being pulled, all part of the coaching staff’s plan. They have most starters on a pitch count in the first few weeks of the season. Nola struck out eight and retired his final 13 batters.
  • Christian Ibarra, LSU 3B: Ibarra flew out to start the game, moving to 2 for 12 on the season. He then hit three singles and had three RBIs, a career-high.
  • Sean McMullen, LSU DH: McMullen took a high fastball over the right field fence in the second inning to bring in three runs. It was LSU’s second homer of the season. McMullen is now 6 for 15 on the season and he’s driven in five runs.

The Duds

  • Matt Dauby, VT SS: Dauby had two errors on routine grounders and the first one led off the second inning, putting Chris Chinea on base. McMullen hit his homer a few batters later to clear the bases. It should have never happened. Jared Foster’s flyout two batters before McMullen should have been the third out.
  • Sean Kennedy, VT pitcher: Kennedy pitched just 1.2 innings in relief of starter Brad Markey. He walked three, allowed two runs and a single and he didn’t strike out anyone.

The Turning Point

  • McMullen’s bomb: McMullen’s three-run home run in the second inning sparked a three-fourths full Alex Box and gave LSU a 4-0 lead. That’s all the Tigers would need. The heavy cushion had Nola feeling good. “Our offense did unbelievable tonight, all those runs helped me. It’s less pressure,” Nola said.

The Quote

  • “If people want to criticize me for taking him out, that’s their prerogative. But I’m going to look after that boy more than worry about getting a no-hitter.” – coach Paul Mainieri on pulling Nola