LSU has combined to go 10-6 overall and 2-5 in Southeastern Conference during the month.
LSU's troubles in SEC play
continued Friday night as the Tigers dropped their third consecutive series
opener, losing to
Also for the second time in two weeks, Will Harris called a player's meeting to discuss the team's performance. Following the game, the players huddled around Harris, whose voice could be heard from the grandstand.
"We're about as low as you can get right now," Harris said. "We're not hitting, we're not pitching, we're not playing defense, so something's got to happen. It's time for a change. We have to step it up one way or another. We have no choice."
Starters Michael Hollander, Quinn Stewart, Jarred Bogany, Jason Ogata, and Steven Broschofsky combined to go 0- 14 at the plate. Stewart's 0-4 night ended his 10 game hitting streak.
The Tigers' pitching woes started
in the first inning with a mental miscue from starter Daniel Forrer. Forrer tagged first base to get out a
charging Neil Giesler, but forgot about Michael Campbell on second. With Forrer's back facing home,
LSU coach Smoke Laval said that the pitchers practice covering first base with a man on second three times a day. He said this type of problem should never happen during the game.
LSU's problems continued in the third inning as Giesler blasted a two run home run over the scoreboard in right field.
Reliever Andrew Cruise (3-0) shut
down the LSU bats after replacing
A home run by Will Harris in the fifth inning brought the Tigers within two, but the LSU pitching could not hold it any closer.
Forrer retired eight Gamecocks in a row before running in to trouble in the sixth inning. After getting the batters in a full count, Forrer gave up two walks to start the inning. Forrer was pulled for Nolan Cain, but Cain did not fair any better.
Ian Paxton and Mark Stanley both delivered singles to the outfield, each driving in one runner. Cain walked another batter to load the bases before being replaced by Edgar Ramirez.
A sacrifice fly by Robbie
Forrer (1-2) was given the loss after allowing six runs in five innings.
LSU catcher Matt Liuzza was taken out of the game following the sixth inning because of his apparent frustration with his teammates and their intensity.
"It's tough to win when you get two hits in an inning and they score five runs. It's going to be tough to win any game like that," Liuzza said.
Liuzza also expressed his disappointment with the team's pitching, particularly walking batters.
"We walked six guys and five of them scored. You're not going to be able to win when you walk people," he said.
LSU had opportunities to respond in the sixth and seventh innings, but could not capitalize with the two lead off batters reaching first.
Justin Smoak put the exclamation
point on the
Wise's solo home run in the bottom of the inning brought the score to 12-2, but that was all the offense LSU could muster.
Michael Bonura retired the side in the ninth inning, striking out the first two batters and getting the third to pop up to center fielder Jarred Bogany.
Cruise ended with 4.2 innings pitched, allowing one run on three hits.
Liuzza said he and Harris planned the meeting during the game.
"We've got to start winning, that's the bottom line," Liuzza said.