Weaver, Tigers blow past Gents 9-3

LSU scored six unanswered runs, including a four-run seventh inning, to roll past Centenary, 9-3, in front of 4,178 fans Tuesday night at Fair Grounds Field.

The Tigers (No. 1 Collegiate Baseball, No. 3 Baseball America and ESPN/Sports Weekly) captured their seventh straight mid-week game, while improving to 19-3. Mississippi State visits Alex Box Stadium in a three-game set, beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

The Gents dropped to 8-12 on the season.

J.C. Holt went 3-for-5 at the plate, collecting three runs and two RBI on a pair of doubles and a single. Dustin Weaver went 2-for-2 with two RBI, including his first homer of the season. Weaver made his second start on the year, giving sophomore catcher Matt Liuzza the night off.

Holt led off the game with his seventh double of the season and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. He would come around on Blake Gill's RBI sac-fly to left field, giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

LSU extended the score to 2-0 in the second, taking advantage of a two-out defensive miscue by second-baseman Jesse Newell. Will Harris reached when Newell dropped a lazy, pop-fly. Harris would go down to second when Weaver was hit by a 2-1 Kevin Cassidy pitch. Matt Horwath picked up his seventh RBI of the season, smacking a two-out double to score Harris from second.

Centenary got on the board in the bottom of the frame on Blake Adkison's solo- homer, the first homer allowed by Jason Determann this season.

The Gents tied the game at 2-2 on a pair of balks, after Bobby Gilliam singled to lead off the bottom of the third.

LSU responded in the fourth when Weaver launched his first homer of the season, a two-out solo shot, but the Gents knotted the score again in the fifth on Gilliam's second hit of the day, plating Jared Vincent.

Cassidy retired nine out of the next 10 batters, until the Tigers finally erupted in the seventh, scoring four runs highlighted by Holt's second double of the night and Ryan Patterson's two-run blast to put the game out of reach.

Michael Bonura (2-0) earned the win in relief of Jason Determann. The freshman right-hander went two innings allowing one run on six hits, while walking none. Determann started the game, going four innings, giving up two runs on four hits.

Cassidy (2-4) took the loss surrendering seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in seven innings of work.

LSU -- 110 100 411 -- 9 11 0
Centenary -- 011 010 000 -- 3 11 2

WP -- Bonura (2-0)
LP -- Cassidy (2-4)
E -- Newell (7), Cardone (5)
LOB -- LSU 6; CC 9
2B -- Holt 2 (8), Stavinoha 2 (5), Horwath (3); Kiefer (5); HR -- Patterson (3), Weaver (1); Adkison (3);
SB -- Holt (6)
Time -- 2:40
Att. -- 4,178


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