No. 2 LSU Slips Past Baseball, 4-3

ORLANDO – LSU first baseman Clay Harris delivered a RBI-double in the 10th inning to lift No. 2 LSU past UCF 4-3 Friday evening in the home opener for the Golden Knights. The third-largest crowd in school history, 1,922 fans, witnessed the upset bid by the Golden Knights.

Jason Determann (1-0) pitched four innings allowing just one run on three hits with two strikeouts for the victory. UCF reliever Matt Rhodes (0-1) pitched 0.2 innings and yielded one run to pick up the loss.

The Tigers took advantage of two UCF errors in the first inning to plate one run. J.C. Holt reached second on a two-base error by UCF second baseman Kevin Richmond and later scored on a passed ball to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage.

The Tigers hit their first of two home runs on the night in the fourth when Jon Zeringue drilled his first homer of the season to left-center to give LSU a 2-0 lead.

UCF answered with a home run of its own as Clay Timpner hit the team's first long ball of the season with a solo blast to right field in the home half of the fourth. The home run for Timpner was his seventh of his career.

The Golden Knights evened the contest at two in the sixth via a RBI-double off the bat of Richmond to score David Mann all the way from first base.

The game remained tied at two until the eighth inning when both teams scored a run. In the LSU eighth, Nick Stavinoha hit his first career home run with a shot to left field to give LSU a 3-2 lead.

The Golden Knights battled right back in the home half of the eighth to even the contest. Mann started the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a balk. Timpner then came through with his second RBI of the game with a RBI-single to right field to tie the score.

In the LSU 10th, Stavinoha reached base on an infield single and Harris delivered the game-winning run with a double down the left field line.

Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field.


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