Multiple LSU hitters returned to the first-base side dugout with the same thought Thursday — that they hadn’t faced a pitcher better than Kentucky’s Sean Hjelle.

And yet, those hitters were up for the challenge.

LSU strung together a pair of five-run innings that accounted for the 10-0, seven-inning SEC Tournament win at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium that advanced the Tigers (41-17) to the Saturday semifinal round, with the championship set for Sunday.