Tigers need extra frames to edge UCF 4-3

First baseman Clay Harris belted an RBI double in the top of the 10th inning Friday night to score designated hitter Nick Stavinoha with the go-ahead run and second-ranked LSU held on for a 4-3 win over Central Florida at Jay Bergman Field.

LSU (1-0) won its season opener for the third straight year. The Tigers face UCF (2-1) in Game 2 of the series at Noon CST Saturday. The game will be televised by the Jumbo Sports Network (WGMB Fox 44 in Baton Rouge); the radio broadcast will be carried on WJNH-FM 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge.

Stavinoha delivered a two-out single in the 10th before scoring on Harris' double down the left-field line against UCF reliever Matt Rhodes (0-1).

Jason Determann (1-0) retired the side in order in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the victory. Determann worked four innings in relief of starter Justin Meier, limiting the Knights to one run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

LSU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when center fielder J.C. Holt reached second base on a pair of errors by second baseman Kevin Richmond, advanced on a wild pitch by starter Matt Fox and scored on a passed ball by catcher Drew Butera.

The Tigers increased the lead to 2-0 in the fourth on a solo homer by right fielder Jon Zeringue.

UCF answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo shot by center fielder Clay Timpner, his first homer of the year. The Knights tied the game in the sixth when DH David Mann walked on scored on Richmond's RBI double.

LSU regained the lead in the eighth when Stavinoha launched his first career LSU hit, a solo homer beyond the left-field wall. UCF battled right back to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth on Timpner's RBI single.

Meier pitched the first six innings for LSU, limiting UCF to two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Fox worked five innings as the UCF starter, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Friday's game was played before 1,922 fans, marking the third-largest crowd in the history of Jay Bergman Field.

LSU 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 -- 4 7 0
UCF 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 -- 3 7 3

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