Baseball looking to save face at Kentucky

Left-hander Craig Snipp limited No. 8 LSU to three runs on four hits in 8.1 innings Saturday to lead Kentucky to a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in Cliff Hagan Stadium.

LSU (16-5, 0-2) dropped its third straight contest while Kentucky (17-3, 2-0) increased its win streak to eight games.

Saturday's win clinched Kentucky's first series victory over LSU since 1994. The Tigers had won seven straight series over the Wildcats prior to this weekend. 

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 South Carolina in Baton Rouge.

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."

Trailing 6-2 entering the ninth, the Tigers mounted a threat against Snipp. J.T. Wise delivered a one-out single and Steven Waguespack was hit by a pitch before Matt Liuzza walked to load the bases. 

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. 

Kentucky responded with two solo homers in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Designated hitter Billy Grace led off the inning with his fourth dinger of the season, and Sean Coughlin launched his fifth homer of the year to put UK in front.

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 base. 

LSU closed the gap to 5-2 in the sixth when Hollander launched his third homer of the year to right-center field.

Kentucky increased the advantage to 6-1 in the seventh when Antone DeJesus led off with a double and later scored on Strieby's sacrifice fly. 

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.

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