Paul Mainieri gets win No. 600

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

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…

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