Tigers outlast Indians 8-5

Eighth-ranked LSU turned a two-run deficit into a 7-4 lead with five-run sixth inning, and four pitchers combined to hold UL-Monroe to one run over the final four frames as the Tigers won their ninth straight game, 8-5, over the Indians on Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium.

The nine-game winning streak is the longest by LSU since posting nine consecutive victories in the middle of the 2004 season.

The Tigers host Houston in a three-game series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday's contest has been moved up to a Noon start to accommodate the men's basketball home finale versus Ole Miss at 3 p.m.

Game 3 of the LSU-Houston series is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Live audio and video of all three games is available to members of the GeauxZone powered by USAgencies on www.LSUsports.net.

Shortstop Michael Hollander picked up where he left off this past weekend, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Right fielder Quinn Stewart homered and scored two, and designated hitter J.T. Wise collected two hits and drove in three.

Senior right-hander Chase Dardar picked up his second career win after entering in the sixth. Dardar (1-0) limited ULM to no runs on two hits in two innings of relief.

Freshman starter Louis Coleman, in search of his third straight win, lasted 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits.

"He mislocated some balls," said head coach Smoke Laval, who improved to 9-0 against his former team. "When you mislocate it doesn't make any difference with the aluminum bats. His forte is he fills up the zone, and if he is not pitching, he is trying to get them out by chance."

Coleman allowed the first batter of the game to reach on a single. Two hitters into the contest, LSU trailed 2-0 as Travis Drader crushed a 3-2 curveball over "The Intimidator" billboard in right field.

LSU cut the deficit to 2-1 on a Hollander RBI double in the second, but the Indians responded with a run of their own in the third, taking advantage of a Hollander error.

Hollander fielded a one-out groundball from Justin LaBorde and fired it past Mayer at first for his first error in 30 games. Three batters later, Josh Morrison's two-out single made it a 3-1 ULM advantage.

LSU looked to have come alive offensively starting in its half of third. Wise drove in second baseman Jason Ogata on a sacrifice fly, and in the fourth, the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs. First baseman Jordan Mayer doubled to start the frame, Hollander reached on an error and catcher Matt Liuzza walked.

Third baseman Will Harris then drove a hard liner to shortstop that was caught, allowing Hollander to be doubled off at second. LSU, which had hit the ball hard all game, suddenly went from its best scoring situation to one out and a runner at third. Ogata flied out to retire the side.

"Early, we just smoked the ball great offensively but they were either line-drive outs or they would catch them and make a great play," said Laval. "But the guys didn't panic and kept getting their good swings off. I liked that most of all."

The Tigers would get another a chance in the sixth and immediately capitalized. LSU sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five runs on four hits and one error.

Hollander started the scoring spree with his second double of the game, again bringing home Mayer. Ogata then dropped a run-scoring flair into right field followed by center fielder Bruce Sprowl's RBI fielder's choice.

Wise delivered the big blow of the inning driving a two-run double off reliever Jared Jennings to the left field wall to put LSU in front 7-4.

Stewart put the exclamation point on in the eighth with a solo homer over the left field wall. It was his second blast of the season and 12th of his career.

Jennings (0-1) took the loss and was tagged for five runs (three earned) on four hits in 0.2 innings of work.

Right-hander Michael Bonura worked a scoreless eighth and gave way to Edgar Ramirez in the ninth. Ramirez surrendered a run on four hits but avoided any further trouble to preserve the victory.

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