Tigers fall flat in 8-2 loss -- 2nd game on tap

BREAKING NEWS: The star of the second game has been pushed back to 3p.m. due to a severe storm front moving into the Baton Rouge area. A decision will be made at 2:40 p.m. <br><br> There is something about a Friday night game and the LSU baseball team.

Whether the Friday night game is played on Friday, or even on Saturday, LSU's Friday woes continue. Saturday, the Tigers dropped the first half of a doubleheader losing to Alabama 8-2. The loss marked the fifth defeat in seven SEC series openers this season.

Clay Dirks (8-1), who is typically LSU's Saturday starter, pitched the first game of a SEC series for the first time this season. The hard-throwing lefthander lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits with only a single strikeout.

After Dirks escaped the first inning giving up just a base hit, the Tide (26-18, 7-12 SEC) picked up a run in the second for a 1-0 lead.

However, the damage was done after the third frame when Alabama touched Dirks for just three hits, but took advantage of a pair of LSU errors scoring six runs to take a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers (32-12, 10-9 SEC) scored single runs in the fifth and eighth innings, but failed to generate much offense collecting just five hits in the game. Both Ryan Patterson (15 games) and J.C. Holt (13) saw their respective hitting streaks come to an end. No LSU player collected multiple hits as Clay Harris, Will Harris and Ivan Naccarata all had doubles in the loss.

Former Tiger Rocky Scelfo went 2-for-4 versus his old team. The Alabama second baseman doubled and single and was hit by a pitch and received a rather surprising apathetic reception by LSU fans.

Jordan Faircloth pitched well in relief of Dirks. In 5 2/3 innings, Faircloth allowed just one run on four hits with four K's. It was his longest outing of the season.

Although skies are threatening in the Baton Rouge area and a storm front is raging between the capitol city and Lafayette, the first pitch for game two is slated for 2:15. Bama will send Brandon Belcher to the hill. Smoke Laval will counter with Justin Meier.

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