LSU snaps losing skid - tops Nicholls 9-3

It wasn't quite the effort head coach Smoke Laval was looking for, but at least LSU stopped the bleeding of a four-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over Nicholls State Tuesday at Alex Box Stadium.

Ryan Patterson and Matt Liuzza each homered in LSU's 13-hit attack. Justin Meier (5-2), who has been bumped for the weekend rotation, won his first game since March 12 throwing 111 pitches in seven complete innings of work.

Laval said they worked Meier hard Tuesday, however, did not find the results he had hoped for.

"No, not even close to what I wanted to see," Laval said. "He'll find it. It is like his pitching gears in there need oiling. It's really tough for him."

Meier was yanked from the weekend rotation after lasting just one and third inning in an 11-8 loss to Arkansas last Friday night.

"Down there (in the bullpen) before the game, he was pretty good," Laval said. "But his slider got flat out there and he started just slinging it. We need him, but the only way he gets better is to pitch. Eventually it will click."

The Tigers have no time to rest on their laurels. LSU (25-9) returns to action Wednesday in Metairie when they take on Southeastern Louisiana in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Classic at Zephyr Field. Michael Bonura (3-0, 4.35 ERA) gets the start for LSU. The Lions (11-20) beat Southern Miss 5-3 on Monday.

The Tiger offense was as chilly as the weather in the early frames. LSU trailed 1-0 before Patterson's two-run blast in the third gave the Tigers their first lead of the game. The Colonels (12-22) tied the score with a run in the fourth and took their second lead with another in the sixth leading LSU 4-3.

However, Blake Gill ripped a 2-RBI double in the home half of the sixth and LSU added two runs in the seventh and a three-spot in the eighth to win going away.

"I can't complain (about the offense)," Laval said. "The wind was blowing in pretty good. But the balls were struck good. Our guys hung in there pretty good."

Gill, Patterson, J.C. Holt and Ivan Naccarata each went 2-for-4 in the game. Aside from Patterson and Liuzza's home runs, Gill's run-scoring double was the only other extra base hit.

"I call it mood swings," Laval said. "When we get in the mood, we get the fat end of the bat moving."

Meier got the win for LSU allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits in seven frames with a pair of strikeouts. Jordan Faircloth worked the final two innings netting the save.

LSU will play their fifth game in six days against Southeastern and get just one day off before hosting Georgia in a three-game SEC set this weekend.

"One weekend we hit, then one weekend we pitch," Laval said. "One day we will get it all going."

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