Harris' grand slam paces Tigers 7-1

BATON ROUGE – J.C. Holt went 3-for-5 and Will Harris hit a fifth-inning grand slam as the LSU Tigers beat Southeastern Louisiana 7-1 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers (14-2) pounded out 12 hits and Justin Meier pitched seven complete innings improving to 4-0 on the season.


"Again a great offensive approach," said LSU head coach Smoke Laval. "We had some guys take the night off, but when you have some guys take the night off and you still an punch out 12 or 13 hits, you have to be happy with that."


The series resumes today with the first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Junior left hander Lane Mestepey (2-1, 2.95 ERA) gets the start for LSU while Rodney Story (0-2, 2.57 ERA) will pitch for the Lions.


The Lions' Chad Pendarvis (0-3) had reduced LSU to just a single run through the first four innings. However, the Tigers struck in the fifth when Holt led off with a triple to center. Matt Liuzza, whose 14-game hitting streak came to an end, lifted a sacrifice fvly to center scoring Holt. Clay Harris singled to left, Jon Zeringue walked and Blake Gill ripped a base hit to right setting the stage for the Will Harris blast.


"We were living on borrowed time up to that point," said SLU head coach Dan Canevari. "LSU is known for hitting the home run in that situation. That's how they have won all those championships."


Will Harris, who sees some action against left handed pitchers, was activated while regular third baseman Ivan Naccarata had the night off.


"It is a little fun out there right now," said Will Harris, who finished the night 2-for-2 with four RBIs and a run scored. "It is good to get a chance to play and hit the ball like I am."


Holt also homered in the game giving LSU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The junior centerfielder just missed the cycle getting a home run, a triple and single.


"You really can't pitch around anybody in our lineup because everybody can hit," said Zeringue, who hit his 12th double of the season Friday. "You have to pitch the same to everybody."


Meier fared much better than a week ago allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Michael Bonura cleaned up the rest pitching the final two frames, in which he struck out one and walked one.


"Meier threw it downhill and maintained his velocity through 100 or so pitches," Laval said.


In the loss, Pendarvis surrendered six earned runs on nine hits with no strikeouts in five full innings. Jimmy Bertelson led the Lions offense going 2-for-4 with a pair of base hits.

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