Tiger bats bash Georgia again

Big swinging produced big innings again for LSU against Georgia.<br><br>For the second game in the row, the Tigers had two big innings against the Bulldogs and logged a 13-6 series-clinching win Saturday at Foley Field in Athens, Ga.

The win gave LSU head coach Smoke Laval his 300th career victory and produced the sixth SEC series win for the Tigers dating back to last season. LSU is now first overall in the SEC with a 4-0-1 record in league games.

The Tigers will go for a three-game sweep of Georgia on Sunday at 12 noon (CT).

LSU (15-7-1) scored five runs in the second inning and added another in the third after Georgia took a 1-0 lead in its first at-bat. The Bulldogs got to within two runs, 6-4, in the fourth inning, but the Tigers ran away with the game with seven runs in the sixth inning.

After David Coffey gave Georgia (11-9, 0-5) a 1-0 lead with a RBI double in the bottom of the first, Blake Gill tied the score with a run-scoring triple in the top of the second. Clay Harris put LSU ahead for good with a single to left-center field that scored Gill.

Jon Zeringue came to the plate with one out and made it a 4-1 game with a two-run homer, his second of the season.

Georgia starterWill Startup (2-1) managed to record two outs in the second but left the game after issuing a walk to Bruce Sprowl and a single to Ryan Patterson. Matt Woods replaced startup and hit Aaron Hill to load the bases, and a passed ball on UGA catcher Ned Yost brought the fifth LSU run across the plate.

Zeringue added another RBI with a double in the third inning, but the Bulldogs responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning and a single run in the fourth to draw within 6-4.

But LSU put the game away in the seventh inning, during which Hill extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single. The remaining six runs in the inning would come with two outs against the Tigers.

Gill scored Hill with a single and came home on a two-run single from Will Harris, Clay's younger brother of Clay, followed with a two-run home run, the first of his LSU career. Zeringue came up next with his second double of the day, and Matt Liuzza followed with his own two-bagger to put the Tigers ahead 13-4.

Gill, Zeringue, Clay Harris were all 3-for-5 in the game, but Ivan Naccarata went 0-for-5 to end his hit streak at 19 consecutive games.

LSU starting pitcher Bo Pettit (4-0) pitched eight innings and had a season high ten strikeouts with just one walk. Four of the five runs Georgia scored againts him her earned. Jason Determann pitched the final inning for the Tigers and gave up the final run to the Bulldogs.


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