LSU Baseball Report

The LSU Tigers moved to 8-9-1 in SEC and will be looking to climb above the .500 mark in SEC play for the first time this season when they host Tennessee this weekend. The Tigers took two of three from Miss. State over the weekend.

LSU Baseball Report – April 23, 2007

Overall Record:  23-18-1       

SEC:  8-9-1

 

Last Week:  2-2

April 18 – at New Orleans (L, 4-5)

April 20 – at # 15 Mississippi State (L, 3-12)

April 21 – at # 15 Mississippi State (W, 6-5)

April 22 – at # 15 Mississippi State (W, 3-1)

 

Nominee for Pitcher of the Week

Jared Bradford, RHP, Jr., Hueytown, Ala.

Junior right-hander Jared Bradford earned a save and a win in consecutive days to lead LSU to a series victory over No. 15 Mississippi State in Starkville . . . Bradford worked the ninth inning of Saturday's 6-5 win, recording the final three outs on 15 pitches to earn his team-best fifth save of the season . . . Bradford then came back on Sunday as LSU's starting pitcher and limited the Bulldogs – the SEC's top-hitting club with a .341 average – to one run on six hits in 7.1 innings with two walks and five strikeouts . . . Bradford fired 102 pitches to earn his seventh victory, which also leads the LSU staff . . . Bradford is 7-2 this season with a 3.60 ERA and five saves . . . in 70 innings, he has recorded 15 walks and 60 strikeouts and opponents are batting .248 against him.

Nominee for Player of the Week

Michael Hollander, SS, Jr., Mandeville, La.

Junior shortstop Michael Hollander enjoyed a productive weekend at Mississippi State, batting .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, one triple, one homer, two RBI and two runs . . . Hollander provided the game-winning hit in Saturday's 6-5 victory, as his two-out double scored third baseman Chris Jackson from first base . . . Hollander also played flawlessly at shortstop, handling 15 chances without an error as the Tigers posted a series victory over the No. 15 Bulldogs.

Notes on the Tigers

LSU posted a 2-1 SEC series victory at No. 15 Mississippi State last weekend, marking the Tigers' third series victory in the past four weeks . . . the Tigers have recorded consecutive series victories over Top 15 teams, defeating Mississippi State last weekend and No. 13 Ole Miss on April 13-15 . . . the Tigers' series win in Starkville marked LSU's fourth victory in its last five trips to MSU's Dudy Noble Field . . . junior right-hander Jared Bradford earned a save and a win in consecutive days to lead LSU to a series victory over Mississippi State . . . Bradford worked the ninth inning of Saturday's 6-5 win, recording the final three outs on 15 pitches to earn his team-best fifth save of the season . . . Bradford then came back on Sunday as LSU's starting pitcher and limited the Bulldogs – the SEC's top-hitting club with a .341 average – to one run on six hits in 7.1 innings with two walks and five strikeouts . . . Bradford fired 102 pitches to earn his seventh victory, which also leads the LSU staff . . . Bradford is 7-2 this season with a 3.60 ERA and five saves . . . in 70 innings, he has recorded 15 walks and 60 strikeouts and opponents are batting .248 against him . . . sophomore second baseman Nicholas Pontiff drove in five runs in the Mississippi State series as he delivered key hits in the Tigers' two victories . . . in Saturday's 6-5 win, Pontiff launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5-5 – it was the first homer of the year for Pontiff and just the second of his career . . . in Sunday's 3-1 victory, Pontiff delivered the game-winning hit, a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie . . . junior shortstop Michael Hollander enjoyed a productive weekend at Mississippi State, batting .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, one triple, one homer, two RBI and two runs . . . Hollander provided the game-winning hit in Saturday's 6-5 victory, as his two-out double scored third baseman Chris Jackson from first base . . . Hollander also played flawlessly at shortstop, handling 15 chances without an error . . . the Tigers committed just one error in the three games at Mississippi State and played the final 20 innings of the series without a miscue . . . junior rightfielder Jason Lewis, making just his ninth and 10th starts this season, hit .571 (4-for-7) in the Mississippi State series with two doubles and two runs scored . . . sophomore infielder J.T. Wise made his first collegiate pitching appearance in Friday's game at MSU, as he worked 1.2 scoreless innings . . . Wise, who has started 31 games this season at third base, allowed one hit against the Bulldogs and recorded no walks and one strikeout . . . freshman right-hander T.J. Forrest posted his first career SEC win with three scoreless relief innings in Saturday's victory at MSU . . . Forrest entered the game in the sixth inning with the scored tied 5-5 and blanked the Bulldogs over three frames, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts . . . freshman designated hitter Blake Dean saw his hitting streak end at 20 games on Saturday at MSU . . . Dean's streak was the longest by an LSU player since Cedrick Harris recorded a 21-game streak in 2000.


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