LSU ends regular season with 6-2 win over Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- LSU starting pitcher Justin Meier threw eight shutout innings and Ivan Naccarata collected two doubles to help the Fighting Tigers score in each of the first four innings en route to a 6-2 victory on Sunday at Baum Stadium in the regular season finale for both teams. <br><br> Meier, a true freshman from Windmere, Fla., allowed the Razorbacks just five hits in his stint to improve to 7-2 and lower his season ERA to 2.80.

Arkansas averted the shutout in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run double by Clay Goodwin off of reliever Billy Sadler.

The Southeastern Conference champion Tigers (37-18-1, 20-9-1) clinched their first series victory at Arkansas since 1997 and also won their 20th conference game for the first time since going 21-9 in the SEC in 1998.

LSU (No. 8 Collegiate Baseball, No. 10 Baseball America, No. 12 ESPN/USA Today) begins the postseason on Wednesday in the opening round of the SEC Tournament at Birmingham. The opponent for LSU's game, which will start no earlier than 8 p.m., will be against either Arkansas or Vanderbilt.

The Razorbacks (34-18, 14-16) clinched one of the final three berths in the SEC Tournament when Florida dropped a 7-5 decision at home to Kentucky. Arkansas, which was the last team to qualify for the SEC Tournament last year but reached an NCAA super regional, the has not finished with a winning record in the SEC since winning the conference championship in 1999.

The Tigers got the game's first run in the top of the first when Scott Hode couldn't handle Blake Gill's two-out ground ball, allowing
J.C. Holt to score from second base.

Naccarata's first double of the game in the second inning truned into a 2-0 lead two batters later on Jon Zeringue's RBI single, and a two-out home run in the third inning by
Aaron Hill, his second in as many games, extended the Tiger cushion to 3-0.

In the fourth, Naccarata's second double appeared as if it would go for naught, as Arkansas starter Charley Boyce struck out
Clay Harris and Ryan Patterson. But Boyce gave up walks to Zeringue and Matt Liuzza to load the bases before LSU leadoff hitter Bruce Sprowl hit an easy ground ball to first baseman Haas Pratt. But the ball went through Pratt's legs, scoring Naccarata and Zeringue to make it 5-0.

Of the five runs Boyce (5-4) gave up in his five innings of work, just two were earned, as the Razorbacks committed a three errors to bring their series total to 10. Boyce gave up four hitrs while walking four and striking out four.

LSU got three consecutive hits off of reliever Clint Brannon in the sixth to score its final run on an RBI single by Liuzza.

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