Meier propels LSU past Jax State 6-1

Justin Meier limited Jacksonville State to one run over 6 2/3 innings and J.C. Holt went 3-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base as second-ranked LSU defeated the Gamecocks 6-1, in the opening game of a three-game set Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

The series resumes today at 2 p.m. with the finale set for Sunday at noon. Lane Mestepey (1-0, 1.80) will start Saturday, his first at Alex Box Stadium since a NCAA regional appearance in May, 2002. The junior left-hander is coming off of a medical redshirt season in 2003. Jacksonville State is scheduled to counter with sophomore right-hander Danny Andres (0-0, 0.00).

Jacksonville State (1-1) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning when third baseman Clint Carroll delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring center fielder Jason Horn.

Meier (1-0) handcuffed the Gamecocks for the next 3 2/3 innings and picked up his first victory of the season. The Windermere, Fla. native tied a career-high in strikeouts with eight, a mark he set against South Carolina in 2003.

The Tigers (4-1) countered with three runs in the bottom half of the third inning. Ivan Naccarata crushed a 1-0 fastball off of JSU starter Bobby Wynns (0-1) over the right field wall to tie the game at one apiece.

Following a Matt Horwath walk, J.C. Holt beat out a routine ground ball to second base in what proved to be the pivotal at-bat of the inning. With runners at first and second, Blake Gill continued his torrid hitting, singling to center field to score Horwath from second.

Nick Stavinoha dropped a single in between shortstop Bret Pettus and left fielder Matt Ruckdeschel to plate Holt and extend the lead to 3-1.

Wynns (0-1) took the loss, as he worked five innings, allowing three earned runs and two walks while adding eight strikeouts.

LSU threatened again in the bottom of the seventh, beginning with Holt's lead-off infield single. After Ryan Patterson reached on an error by third baseman Clint Carroll, the Tigers picked up back-to-back hits by Clay Harris and Matt Liuzza to plate two in the inning.

Jason Determann picked up his first save of the season after relieving Meier in the seventh. The sophomore left-hander retired five straight batters before surrendering a single to designated hitter Robby Goodson in the bottom of the ninth.

The win was the Tigers' 12th straight over non-conference foes during the regular season.

JSU (1-1) 001 000 000 -- 1 6 4
LSU (4-1 ) 003 000 210 -- 6 10 0

WP -- Meier (1-0)
LP -- Wynns (0-1)
SV -- Determann (1)
E -- Carroll 2 (2), Ruckdeschel (1), Pearson (1)
LOB -- JSU 5; LSU 11
HR -- Naccarata (1); SF -- Carroll (1) SB -- Hicks (1); Holt (1), Naccarata (1); CS -- Hicks (1)
Time -- 2:41
Att. -- 7,448 (paid); 4,019 (actual)


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