Saturday's win clinched
LSU also saw its string of 11
straight series victories – including six straight in the SEC – come to an end.
The Tigers had not lost a series since April 8-10, 2005, when they were swept in
three games by
Snipp (4-0) threw 118
pitches in 8.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and six
strikeouts. Snipp was lifted with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth
inning when reliever Brock Baber recorded the final two outs to preserve the
victory and earn his third save.
"(Snipp) did a nice job," said LSU coach Smoke Laval. "His numbers coming into the game were impressive, and he did what he needed to do today. This is a learning experience for our team; the kids are a little down right now, but we've got to get it going again. We have to overcome this as soon as we can because we have so many young guys. That means coming out here tomorrow ready to play."
Baber then entered the game and allowed a run-scoring single to pinch-hitter Jordan Mayer. However, Will Harris popped out to short and Jason Ogata hit a bouncer back to Baber to end the game.
Snipp and LSU starter
Louis Coleman were locked in a scoreless game before the Tigers grabbed a 1-0
lead in the third inning. Harris was hit by a pitch to start the inning and he
later scored on Michael Hollander's sacrifice fly.
The Wildcats added
three runs in the fifth as Grace and Ryan Strieby delivered RBI singles, and
another run scored when Waguespack misplayed Coughlin's grounder to first
LSU closed the gap to 5-2 in the sixth when Hollander launched his third homer of the year to right-center field.
Coleman (2-1) was charged with the loss in his first career SEC appearance, as the true freshman allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
Right-hander Chase Dardar pitched the final three innings for LSU, surrendering one run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.