Kentucky rolls over LSU 16-2

No. 11 Kentucky scored six runs in the first three innings and pounded out 18 hits against four LSU pitchers Friday night as the Wildcats posted a 16-2 win in the opening game of a Southeastern Conference series at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (14-10, 1-3 SEC) managed eight hits and committed two errors. The Wildcats improved to 22-2 overall and 2-2 in league play. 

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday following the Super Tiger Bowl in Tiger Stadium. LSU junior right-hander Jared Bradford (4-1, 2.68) looks for his fifth victory of the year against junior left-hander Andrew Albers (4-0, 2.63).

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LSU starter Charlie Furbush (3-3) allowed six runs on six hits while walking a season-high five and striking out one in two innings.

"It was not one of the finer days for LSU baseball tonight," said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, who was ejected in the fourth inning. "I felt so bad for all of the people who came out here to support us. For us to put that kind of exhibition of baseball out there was very disheartening for me."

Furbush was roughed up in the first two innings as UK claimed a 5-0 lead. The southpaw allowed two walks -- both of which scored -- and a two-run single by third baseman Matt McKinney. McKinney added a sacrifice fly in the second, and right fielder Mike Brown provided an RBI single.

Furbush exited in the third after facing one batter, a solo homer over the right field wall by left fielder Jason Kipnis.

"Obviously, our starting pitcher didn't have a good start to the game," said Mainieri. "That kind of set the tone right away, but I would like to think we would give a better effort tomorrow than we gave tonight. I take responsibility for that."

Junior reliever Kyle Beerbohm endured a tough fifth inning as the Wildcats put the game away with six runs. Beerbohm recorded the first out of the frame, but an error by first baseman Buzzy Haydel put a runner on with one out. The next six batters in the order followed with hits, and five of them came in to score.

First baseman Sawyer Carroll accounted for the big blow with a two-run double. McKinney added an RBI triple and finished 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI.

Meanwhile, UK starter Chris Rusin (3-1) scattered seven hits and allowed only two runs to pick up his third win of the year. Rusin walked three and struck out six in six innings of work.

LSU plated a run in the third on an RBI single by catcher Sean Ochinko. Freshman designated hitter Blake Dean added two hits.

Freshman left fielder Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the seventh. The blast marked the fourth straight game in which the Tigers have hit a homer.

Tyler Henry qualified for the save, working three scoreless innings of effective relief and allowing only one hit.

Kentucky 16, LSU 2 (Mar 23, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Kentucky............ 321 060 301  - 16 18  0      (22-2, 2-2 SEC)
LSU................... 001 000 100  -  2  8  2      (14-10, 1-3 SEC)
Pitchers: Kentucky - Chris Rusin; Tyler Henry(7). LSU - Charlie Furbush; Kyle Beerbohm(3); Darryl Shaffer(6); Chris Sorce(7).
Win-Chris Rusin(3-1)  Save-Tyler Henry(2)  Loss-Charlie Furbush(3-3)  T-3:30  A-7380
HR UK - Brian Spear (3); Jason Kipnis (5).
HR LSU - Ryan Schimpf (3).

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