LSU Takes Game Two

The fourth-ranked LSU Tigers hit three home runs en route to an 11-2 win over the University of Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Saturday night.

LSU, which was shutout in the series opener, scored 11 runs on 11 hits on Saturday, to even the series at one game apiece. Alabama (21-9, 5-3 SEC) grabbed an early lead, but LSU came back to take the lead and eventually turn the game into a runaway.

The Crimson Tide led 2-0 after the first inning when left fielder Gabe Scott extended his hitting streak to 17 games with his second two-run home run in as many games. Junior first baseman Evan Bush drew a two-out walk and scored on Scott's blast to dead center field.

LSU tied the game in the top of the third inning when catcher Dustin Weaver hit a two-run shot to left field.

The Tigers (21-7, 5-3 SEC) would take control in the top of the fifth inning when center fielder Ryan Patterson hit a 3-run home run down the left field line to give LSU a 5-2 lead.

Patterson would score his second run of the game in the top of the seventh inning when the center fielder scored on a fielding error by Tide third baseman Rocky Scelfo. Second baseman Clay Harris then scored on an RBI single by Tiger right fielder Nick Stavinoha as LSU took a 7-2 lead.

The Tigers would seal the game with a four-run, eighth inning, beginning with an RBI single by Weaver to score Rhett Buteau. Third baseman Blake Gill then hit a three run homer to right field to give the Tigers an 11-2 lead.

The loss would be the Tide's worst of the season. It would mark Bama's worst loss to the Tigers since a 10-0 shutout in 1992.

Brent Carter (4-2) took the loss for Alabama as he allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

LSU starter Clay Dirks (7-0) remained undefeated this season with five innings on the mound. He allowed two runs and two hits, with four walks and four strikeouts.

The rubber game of the series is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Freshman right-hander David Robertson (4-2, 0.68 ERA) will make his second start of the year for Alabama. It will be his first in SEC play.

Robertson will also become the third different first-time starter for Alabama in its last three SEC series. Matt Downs made his first career SEC start against Kentucky and Josh Coepland logged his first career start last week against Vanderbilt.

GAME NOTES:

*Alabama suffered its worst loss of the season with an 11-2 loss to No. 4 LSU tonight at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The previous worst loss was a 7-1 setback at UAB on Feb. 24 at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham.

*The loss was also the worst loss to LSU since a 10-0 setback in Tuscaloosa in 1992.

*LSU (3) and Alabama (1) combined for four home runs on Saturday night. The Tigers three home runs came from Dustin Weaver (2-run HR, 2nd Inning), Ryan Patterson (3-run HR, 5th inning) and Blake Gill (3-run HR in 8th inning). Alabama's home run came from Gabe Scott (2-run HR in 1st inning).

*The four home runs accounted for 10 of the 13 runs scored in the game on Saturday, including eight runs by LSU.

*Senior centerfielder Morrow Thomley recorded his m-leading tfourth outfield in the top of the first inning as he doubled off Michael Hollander at second base on a fly ball to center by Ryan Patterson.

*Alabama has five outfield assists this season, including one in the last three games.

*Scott hit a two-run home run with a blast to dead center in the bottom of the first inning. It was his second two-run home run to dead center in as many games.

*The home run extended Scott's hititng streak to 17 consecutive games, the longest hitting streak by an Alabama player since Travis Garner posted two, 18-game hitting streaks in 2003. For the season, Scott is batting .391 with two home runs and eight RBI.

*Alabama used four straight pinch hitters in the eighth inning of tonight's game. Charlie Lyons, Zac Welcj, Matt Grooms and Emeel Salem all pinch-hit in the inning. Grooms singled with two outs for the only hit in the inning.

*Matt Bentley pinch-hit in the ninth inning and reached on an error. UA pinch-hitters were 1-for-5 in the LSU loss.

*Welch's pinch-hit appearance was his first for Alabama since March 6th. The UA senior had missed 14 straight games with a right shoulder injury.

*Alabama was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the loss to LSU.


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