Tigers take series with 6-2 win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A pair of two-run homers by second baseman J.T. Wise and DH Jordan Mayer in the seventh inning Sunday erased a 2-0 deficit and lifted No. 21 LSU to a 6-2 victory over No. 24 Tennessee in Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

LSU, which captured its first SEC series of the season, improved to 23-11 overall and 4-8 in conference play. Tennessee fell to 19-13 overall, 3-8 in the SEC.

 

LSU, which won Game 1 on Friday, 12-2, earned its fifth straight series victory over Tennessee. The Volunteers last won a series over the Tigers in 1999 in Knoxville.

 

"It's a tribute to the character of our club to come back and win this series," said LSU coach Smoke Laval. "I'm very proud of the way the guys competed, and we hope we can build some momentum from this."

 

The Tigers trailed 2-0 in the seventh when Tennessee starter Josh Lindblom hit right fielder Quinn Stewart with a pitch to lead off the frame.

 

UT coach Rod Delmonico then elected to go to his bullpen, calling upon closer Sean Watson, who entered the game with six saves.

 

Wise, however, launched a Watson pitch over the left-field wall to tie the game at 2-2. The homer was the fifth of the season for Wise, who was just 1-for-11 at the plate in the series prior to the two-run dinger.

 

Watson then retired Steven Waguespack and Matt Liuzza, but third baseman Will Harris kept the inning alive with a double down the left-field line.

 

Mayer followed with another two-run blast to right-center field to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead. The home run was the third of the season for Mayer and his first since March 11 versus Stetson.

 

LSU extended the advantage with two more runs in the eighth as Waguespack contributed a sacrifice fly and Liuzza lined an RBI double to give the Tigers a 6-2 lead.

 

LSU starter Derik Olvey (6-1) earned the win with his second consecutive magnificent outing. Olvey, who last a 2-1 decision to South Carolina last weekend, worked 8.2 innings Sunday, limiting Tennessee to two runs on 11 hits. Olvey walked just one and recorded nine strikeouts in the victory.

 

"Derik gave us another great effort," Laval said. "He kept us within striking distance until we could get it going with the bats."

 

Olvey retired the first two Tennessee batters in the bottom of the ninth, but the Volunteers put runners on first and second after shortstop Michael Hollander misplayed Julio Borbon's ground ball and Tony Delmonico reached on an infield single.

 

Laval elected to lift Olvey for reliever Chase Dardar, who induced a fly ball to center field by Chris Kemp to end the game and give Dardar his third save of the year.

 

Watson (3-2) was charged with the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits in 1.1 innings with one walk and no strikeouts.

 

LSU 6, Tennessee 2 (Apr 09, 2006 at Knoxville, Tenn.)

 

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LSU..................... 000 000 420  -  6  7  2      (23-11, 4-8 SEC)

 

Tennessee........... 002 000 000  -  2 11  1      (19-13, 3-8 SEC)

 

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Pitchers: LSU - Olvey; Dardar(9). Tennessee - Lindblom; Watson(7); Pryor(8).

 

Win-Olvey(6-1)  Save-Dardar(3)  Loss-Watson(3-2)  T-2:50  A-2024

 

HR LSU - Wise (5); Mayer (3).

 

Lindblom faced 1 batter in the 7th.


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