Big bats pace Tigers

The 15th-ranked LSU baseball team swept a doubleheader from Temple on Sunday, taking Game 1, 9-0 and Game 2, 14-4, in eight innings.

The Tigers have won eight straight games, their longest winning streak since the 2004 season.

Game 1 was postponed to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the earliest start in Alex Box Stadium since hosting a 9 a.m. contest in the 1991 SEC Tournament. Steady rains in the Baton Rouge area on Saturday forced officials to schedule two nine-inning games for Sunday, the Tigers' second doubleheader in three weeks.

LSU (10-1) hosts UL-Monroe at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a contest that will be televised by Cox Sports (Cable Ch. 37 in Baton Rouge). Live audio and video is also available to members of the Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies on

The Tigers pounded out 27 hits in the doubleheader against seven Owl pitchers, who combined to walk 16 batters. Seven LSU hitters tallied at least two RBI on the day. Shortstop Michael Hollander led the way, going 5-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored.

"I was very impressed with our offensive at-bats in both games," said head coach Smoke Laval. "I think we had quality at-bats, hard outs and the base hits were hard. Once again, we played very good defense."


Junior right-hander Derik Olvey continued his early season excellence, hurling eight scoreless innings, and the LSU offense exploded for 14 hits in a 9-0 victory over Temple in Game 1 of the twinbill.

Olvey (3-0) won his SEC-leading third game of the season, limiting the Owls to no runs on five hits and striking out six. Sixty-one of the right-hander's 83 pitchers were for strikes.

"I think today was about the same as my previous starts," said Olvey. "I get the ball, get up on the mound and throw strikes and keep the ball down. I just let my defense play for me. That is my game, and that is what I am going to try to do every time."

Olvey only reached three full counts on the day and benefited from four double plays by the Tiger defense, highlighted by a brilliant 6-4-3 turn in the seventh ignited with shortstop Michael Hollander's diving stab.

"(Olvey) filled up the zone with strikes," said Laval. "When you do that, you have a great chance to win it if you play defense."

Centerfielder Bruce Sprowl was 3-for-4 with two RBI and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Hollander collected three hits, and designated hitter Jordan Mayer was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

Nine different LSU players scored, including eight position starters against three Owl pitchers.

Temple starter Arshwin Asjes suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in four innings. Asjes (0-1), who consistently hit 91-92 mph on his fastball, walked three and struck out one.

LSU, which failed to bring in runners at second and third in the first, got on the board in the second on a two-run homer from Mayer.

The first two batters of the frame reached on singles, including Hollander who was picked off at first. After third baseman Will Harris' hit to left, Mayer unloaded on an Asjes fastball that sliced into the wind and carried over the right field wall. It was Mayer's first homer of the season and sixth of his career.

A pair of sacrifices increased the Tiger lead to 3-0 in the third. Right fielder Quinn Stewart and first baseman J.T. Wise reached on singles, followed by a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt from left fielder Steven Waguespack. Catcher Matt Liuzza drove in his fourth run of the season with a sac fly to left.

The Tigers immediately jumped on reliever Rob Licata after Asjes exited at the end of the fourth. Wise delivered his second consecutive single, and Waguespack lined a hit to right. The wind then aided LSU to its fifth run when Hollander drove a single into the right field gap, scoring Wise.

Waguespack and Hollander were able to move up a base on the right fielder's throw. Harris was then handcuffed but managed to roll a groundball to first base, which gave LSU a 6-0 advantage.

The Tigers put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh sparked by Hollander's third hit of the day, an RBI triple to the centerfield wall. Mayer and Sprowl each drove in runs with singles, increasing the lead to 9-0.

The triple by Hollander was LSU's second of the game and eighth of the season, six shy of what the Tigers' had the entire 2005 season.

Right-hander Jonathan Wilhite worked a perfect ninth to maintain the 9-0 score.


LSU scored in every inning except the seventh and took advantage of 11 Temple walks en route to 10-run ruling the Owls by a score of 14-4 in eight innings of Game 2.

No new inning was allowed to start after 3 p.m. due to Temple's travel plans. The Owls were scheduled to catch a flight home at 6 p.m. out of New Orleans.

Catcher Robert Lara went 3-for-3 with three RBI in his second start of the season. Shortstop Michael Hollander collected two hits and drove in two.

Right-hander Darryl Shaffer (1-0) qualified for the win, working 1.2 innings of relief, allowing an unearned run on one hit. Shaffer inherited a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth after starter Daniel Forrer issued a hit-batsman, a single and a walk.

Forrer worked 4.1 innings in his third start, giving up two runs on four hits on 90 pitches.

Temple starter Justin Mendek (0-1) pitched three innings, surrendering four runs on six hits while walking three.

The Tigers struck quickly in their first at-bat of Game 2. Right fielder Quinn Stewart smashed a double off the left field wall, scoring centerfielder Bruce Sprowl, who reached on a one-out single. Lara increased the lead to 2-0 with a sharp RBI single that ricocheted off the third-base umpire.

Mendek issued back-to-back walks to start the third. Three batters later after a pair of sacrifices, Hollander drove in his third run of the day with a single to left.

Reliever Eric Lovelace entered to start the fourth and immediately fell into trouble, as the first four batters in the inning reached base. With the bases loaded and nobody out, second baseman Jason Ogata worked a walk to drive in third baseman Will Harris. Left fielder Steven Broschofsky scored on a wild pitch, and Stewart drove in his second run of the nightcap with a sacrifice fly.

Lara nearly belted his first career homer, sending an RBI single off the left field wall to bring in Harris in the fifth. Ogata then worked another bases-loaded walk to make it a 10-2 contest.

With the time closing in on 3 p.m., second baseman Nick Pontiff ended the game with a two-run double down the right field line to enforce the 10-run rule.

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