LSU comes up short Sunday - lose 6-5 in 10 innings

ORLANDO, Fla. – The LSU Tigers watched a productive weekend end on a sour note dropping Sunday's contest 6-5 to Central Florida in extra innings.<br><br> The Tigers (2-1) humiliated the Golden Knights Saturday by the score of 17-4. UCF (3-2) was not about to allow LSU to leave town with the sweep handing the Tigers their first loss in the fledgling 2004 season.

With the game tied 5-5, designated hitter David Mann drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 10th inning off LSU reliever Jordan Faircloth. After stealing second, Mann advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Richmond. The Tigers intentionally walked Clay Timpner setting up a double play. But Dee Brown reached on a fielder's choice scoring Mann, the winning run, giving Central Florida the one-run victory.


Two of the weekend's three games reached extra frames. LSU captured a 4-3 win Friday night in 10 innings.


In his first collegiate start, redshirt freshman Clay Dirks lasted five and two-thirds innings before giving way to projected Sunday starter Nate Bumstead. Bumstead was nursing an arm injury and was replaced in the lineup by Dirks, who gave up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts.


Dirks was pitching well with a 3-0 lead before the Knights touched him for three runs in the home half of the sixth frame. After recording two quick outs, Dirks was hit hard when Drew Butera doubled to center field. Chandler Rose belted an RBI double scoring Butera. Mann drew a two-out walk, which sent Dirks to the showers. Bumstead then walked Richmond loading the bases. A balk scored Rose making it a 3-2 game and Mann came across on a wild pitch, knotting the score at 3-3.


LSU answered UCF's charge re-taking the lead with a two-spot in the top of the seventh. J.C. Holt ripped a leadoff single and came around to score on a one-out triple by Blake Gill. Nick Stavinoha then singled home Gill for a 5-3 lead.


But The Golden Knights rebounded with two more in the bottom of the seventh when Drake Wade deposited a two-run home run over the outfield wall to even the score at 5-5.


Tim Bascom got the win for Central Florida pitching five innings, in which he allowed two runs on four hits. Kyle Bono got the start and surrendered three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts in five frames.


LSU scored its first run of the game in the top of the first when Holt opened the game by reaching on an error when the ball trickled through Richmond's legs at second. Gill then collected an RBI single to right scoring Holt.


In the fourth, Clay Harris was hit by a pitch and Ivan Naccarata drew a one-out walk. Both scored on an RBI double by catch Matt Liuzza.


Gill went 3-for-5 on the day for LSU with a triple and two doubles. Holt was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. On the flip side, Jon Zeringue was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and combined with Ryan Patterson, Matt Horwath and Naccarata in going 0-for-17 on the day.

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