No. 20 LSU erupted for 11 runs from the third through the sixth inning Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman field to take an 11-2 win over UMass Lowell in the first game of the weekend series.
LSU improved to 9-5 on the season with the win over the River Hawks. UMass Lowell dropped to 4-7 overall.
The win was the 600th at LSU for coach Paul Mainieri, who became just the 12th baseball coach in SEC history to win 600 games at a league school. Mainieri, who is in his 14th season at LSU, has 1,464 wins in 38 seasons as a collegiate head coach and ranks No. 2 among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories.
The Tigers return for the second game of the weekend series Saturday at 4 p.m. CT. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus, and fans can also listen on 100.7 FM in Baton Rouge or online at LSUsports.net/live.
Freshman second baseman Cade Doughty went 3-3 at the plate with a run and three RBI in the game to help lead the LSU offense. Sophomore centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo also was 3-3 on the night with three runs and an RBI.
“Winning 600 games is just a number to me,” Mainieri said. “A milestone like that is mostly about the kids; this…