The Tigers dropped to 31-15 overall, while the Jaguars improved to 23-14.
a seven-game homestand with a three-game Southeastern Conference series against
The Tigers fell to their cross-town
rival for only the second time since the two teams first met in 1970. LSU had
dominated the series with a 39-1 record all-time entering Tuesday night.
Southern's only previous win over the Tigers came in 2001 --
LSU pounded 14 hits but four costly double plays kept the Tigers from putting
together a big inning. LSU also committed four errors and stranded at least one
runner on the bases in every inning.
"Southern played well," said head
was one of six Tiger hitters who collected two hits. Jordan Mayer accounted for
two of LSU's four extra-base hits with two doubles and two
"We hit into a lot of double plays tonight," said Patterson. "We swung the bats well but could not get that timely hit. We hit a lot of balls at people. They just played better than us. We had about the same amount of hits but they got the timely ones."
Southern's David Bayless (5-2) registered the win, scattering 10 hits and four runs, while walking two and striking out three.
Gerard Gause was one of four bottom of the order hitters to collect two hits
apiece for Southern. Gause homered, drove in a run and scored
Southern took an early 1-0 and in the first. Meier surrendered singles to the first two batters and then walked Darren Clark. Kevin Nelson collected the RBI on his groundout, but Gause hit into an inning-ending double play.
to leadoff the fifth, drilling Meier's offering into a stiff north wind over the
left field wall.
A stellar defensive double play erased a bases-loaded threat by LSU in the fifth. Both Derek Hebert and Matt Liuzza singled to start the frame and moved over a base on a wild pitch. Blake Gill then lined out to left fielder Mario Spann, who came up firing in time to nail the tagging Hebert at home.
brilliant play was one of a handful of defensive gems by the Jaguars on the
Jordan Mayer salvaged a run with an RBI double to the left field wall in the fifth, and then sparked the Tigers to within 5-4 with a two-run seventh.
Mayer lined a RBI double in the seventh, Patterson drilled a
run-scoring double of his own off of reliever Damien
The LSU bullpen became unraveled in the eighth and could not keep the Tigers within a run. Jordan Faircloth was tagged for five straight hits, including a two-run double by Gene Filyaw.
Kevin Cox' RBI
single doubled up the score at 8-4, while Clark's towering solo homer off of
Eric English in the ninth capped the offensive explosion.
Givens held on for the save with a perfect ninth to preserve one of the Jaguars' biggest wins in program history.
Southern 9, LSU 5 -- May 3, 2005
Southern 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 1 – 9 14 1
LSU 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 – 5 13 4