LSU junior first baseman Sean Ochinko was batting .125 on Friday when he hit a soft ground ball up the middle against Central Florida.

The ball looked to be an easy out for the slow-running Ochinko, but it kicked off the second base bag and allowed the Tigers’ first baseman to record an infield single.

“You take hits any way you can get them,” he said following Friday’s game. “The first weekend, I was hitting the ball well and just didn’t find any holes. But when you get one of those, it gives you a lot of confidence.”

Since the infield single, Ochinko has been on fire at the plate having recorded hits in 13 of his past 16 at-bats, including a 3-for-4 performance with seven RBI in Tuesday’s 19-3 win against the University of New Orleans at Maestri Field at Privateer Park in New Orleans.

Ochinko had RBI hits in the first, second, fourth innings, including a grand slam in the second inning.

LSU picked up right where it left off in the weekend sweep of Central Florida and scored six runs in the opening inning.

The Tigers took advantage of three walks and a hit batter by UNO pitcher Jim McGonigle to lead the inning.

Ochinko and senior third baseman Derek Helenihi each had two RBI hits in the inning.

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