Tigers ride Olvey to 7-2 win

Junior right-hander Derik Olvey turned in his second straight brilliant outing, hurling seven innings of one-run ball to lead No. 16 LSU past Tennessee Tech, 7-2, on a frigid Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers (5-1) go for the sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday. Junior left-hander Daniel Forrer (0-0, 3.38) is slated to start the series finale for the Tigers.

The contest will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). Live audio and video are available to members of the Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies on www.LSUsports.net.

Olvey (2-0) picked up where he left off from his debut outing last Saturday against North Florida. With temperatures again in the lower 40s, the righty limited the Golden Eagles to three hits, struck out four and walked one on 81 economical pitches.

"I put more pressure on myself since I had a start already under my belt," said the transfer from Notre Dame. "I have been keeping the ball down, putting the curve ball where I want to and locating every pitch. That has been the key to my success."

After allowing a run in the third, Olvey settled down and only surrendered two hits the rest of the way. He faced the minimum in his final two innings of work.

Offensively, right fielder Quinn Stewart and first baseman Jordan Mayer collected two hits apiece with two RBI. Third baseman Will Harris was 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Left fielder Steven Waguespack put LSU in front in the first, sending an opposite field RBI double off of starter Billy Welsh into the left field corner to score Bruce Sprowl.

Olvey relinquished the 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Wardlow that scored Stuart Meinhart, who reached on a one-out walk.

LSU responded with six unanswered runs over the next three frames, beginning with a two-run third.

One of three Golden Eagle errors helped the Tigers regain the lead when Michael Hollander reached on third baseman Brian Sprowl's miscue that brought home Nicholas Pontiff.

Hollander was credited with an RBI, and three batters later Mayer ripped a run-scoring single into left to put LSU ahead 3-1.

A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Stewart pushed two more runs across for the Tigers, who held a 5-1 lead after four innings.

Mayer delivered again in the seventh, drilling a one-out double into the left field corner to score Stewart. Harris put the game away with a sharp single to center to make it a 7-1 Tiger advantage.

"I have just been trying to get by best swings off and not do too much," said Mayer, who was in his second game of the season since suffering a broken thumb on Jan. 20. "I have felt good out there. It looked like I never left because I have been doing a lot of little things since I've been hurt. That has helped me out a lot."

Olvey gave way to freshman righty Nolan Cain in the eighth. Cain finished off the final two innings, allowing a run on two hits.

Welsh (0-1) was credited with the loss, working 3.1 innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits.

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