LSU (18-6, 1-3) has lost four out of its last six games. The Bulldogs (18-0, 4-0) are off to their best start in school history and still remain as the only undefeated team in the nation.
Dunn (5-0) maintained his perfect record, limiting LSU to a run on five hits in 7.1 innings of work Friday. Right fielder Quinn Stewart and shortstop Michael Hollander each had two of the five hits.
"When you get a little bit of lead,
you have to keep it close because it is hard to put a big inning against him,"
LSU pitchers allowed a
season-high 18 hits, four homers and 11 runs, which resulted in LSU's largest
margin of defeat since dropping a 15-4 decision to
Left-hander Daniel Forrer (1-1) took the loss after allowing six runs and all three homers in the second inning. The junior surrendered eight hits, walked two and struck out three in 6.1 innings.
Forrer benefited from a
double play in the first and nearly survived the second with another twin
killing, but the Bulldogs mounted a two-out rally with back-to-back-to-back
Right fielder Matt Richardson connected on a two-run shot over the right field wall, scoring first baseman Brad Jones who was hit by a pitch. Two pitches later, third baseman Michael Rutledge deposited Forrer's offering off the scoreboard.
Left fielder Jeff Butts
then completed the barrage with a solo blast into the left field
The 4-0 advantage would be enough run support for Dunn, who one-hit the Tigers through five innings.
LSU finally pushed a
run across in the seventh as pinch hitter Will Harris provided an RBI with a
fielder's choice groundball that scored first baseman Jordan
Aaron Weatherford spelled Dunn in the eighth, and the right-hander contributed 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.
MSU punctuated the victory with another four-run frame in the ninth, highlighted by pinch hitter Brian LaNinfa's two-run homer off reliever Nolan Cain.