BATON ROUGE, La. – Freshman right-hander AJ Labas enjoyed a night to remember, earning his first career complete-game shutout and striking out a career-high nine as LSU defeated Lamar 8-0 Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium.

Labas’ gem marked the first nine-inning complete-game shutout by an LSU pitcher since Alex Lange blanked Auburn on May 11 of last season. Labas became the first LSU pitcher to record a shutout in a midweek non-conference game since May 17, 2011, when Tyler Jones accomplished the feat at New Orleans.

Sophomore Josh Smith, who has been out of action since February 18 due to a back injury, returned to the LSU lineup Tuesday night, going 2-for-3 and launching his second home run of the season.

LSU (25-17, 9-9 SEC) will travel to Oxford, Miss., this week to take on No. 6 Ole Miss (32-10, 10-8 SEC) at Swayze Field. Lamar dropped to 13-28 on the year with Tuesday’s loss.