LSU still leads the overall series 43-16.
Pitching again Sunday
was the key to victory.
"It was a pretty ugly
baseball game I thought," Mainieri said. "Just a poorly played game. Not only in
the things fans can see but also in the nuances that fans can't see. Missing
sings and things like that. I can't speak for
On Saturday, Lockwood served as the Volunteers designated batter, hitting 4-for-4 with a run and a RBI.
For the Tigers, Byrd gave up five runs on six hits and was relieved by T.J. Forrest in the third inning. Forrest lasted two innings before giving up the reigns to Nolan Cain. Forrest allowed two runs off three hits with one strikeout.
Cain entered in the fifth, adding stability to the stumbling Tigers.
With the lack of a
In the bottom of the
The Volunteers scored single runs in both of their next innings, improving their lead to 7-2. In the bottom of the fifth however, luck would turn toward the Tigers as the produced six runs to take an 8-7 lead, their first lead of the day.
Cain shut down the Volunteers through the sixth and seventh innings, giving up no runs off three hits for LSU.
Shane Ardoin entered to start the eighth, but quickly exited after giving up one run off two hits with no outs. Paul Bertuccini then entered in relief to close out the inning with two strikeouts to end the inning with the bases loaded.
No runs were scored in
the bottom of the eight or the ninth, but
Down two runs in the bottom of the 10th, Mitchell slammed a home run over the left field wall to continue LSU's hope of victory. Wise next struck out swinging, but Pontiff reached on a single to left field. McGee and Waguespack forced the next two outs of the game with a strikeout and a groundout, ending the game 10-9 in the 10th.
"I knew we were not out of it," Ochinko said. "We have played great ball. Have done well in the SEC these last four weekends. In the beginning we ended up taking the lead, but it was really tough not getting the win after playing for four and a half hours."
On Saturday, Mainieri's comment from the night before became that much more true when the Tigers sent out there best pitcher in Jared Bradford for a complete game win.
right-hander threw for nine complete innings, giving up two runs on nine hits
with eight strikeouts and an amazing no walks. Bradford dominated on the mound
Saturday, not even 24 hours following James Adkins complete game win for
"That's how you define a stopper," said Mainieri. "He stops losing streaks. That's what aces do. That's what your most valuable pitcher is supposed to do. I felt like today was a must win."
The effort was
Saturday's contest was LSU's second complete game this season. Byrd, who was slated to start Saturday's contest when Mainieri left Alex Box the night before, threw the Tigers' other one in an 8-2 victory over No. 13 Ole Miss exactly two weeks ago.
"I've been coaching for 25 years, and he is quickly becoming one of my all-time greats," said Mainieri. "He's something. I've run out of superlatives to say about the kid. The only thing he lacks is an overpowering velocity fastball, but he's got every other intangible that you want out of a pitcher plus he's a wonderful human being."
On Saturday, the LSU
bats awoke collecting 10 hits against the Volunteers of Tennessee. The top of
the order gathered the majority of hits against
Only Robert Lara at the bottom of the lineup added an additional hit.
"I took (Dean) out of
the game last night because I didn't want to see anything else happen to him,"
said Mainieri. "He had to be a little shook up last night, but he wasn't shy at
all. That kid's a winner too. He is to our offense what
LSU jumped onto the
board in the first inning with a lone run. Hollander singled to right field
Nicholas Pontiff ended the inning following a Ryan Schimpf walk on a fielder's choice out.
LSU was scoreless in the second, but jumped onto the scoreboard again in the third on a two run blast by Dean. Hollander singled to the shortstop to begin the inning, and Dean homered to right field for the two-run shot that put the Tigers up 3-0.
Friday's series opener
After nine innings of
"We couldn't touch him," said Mainieri. "He had a great breaking ball. He just totally dominated the game."
Adkins (5-6) was unstoppable and provided the second straight complete game by an opposing pitcher in as many series openers. The junior limited the Tigers to three hits and a run while walking one, topping his 2005 performance where he lasted only two innings in Alex Box, giving up seven runs.
Adkins ranked 10th nationally in strikeouts per game before Friday's contest. He fanned a season-high 14 batters and became the Volunteer's career strikeout leader with 350 Ks, surpassing R.A. Dickey's previous mark of 345.
"He was really on tonight," senior Chris Jackson said. "You tip your hat to him because he did a great job. You just have to come out tomorrow with a little better focus. We didn't get good at bats against him and he was throwing his pitches for strikes."
Charlie Furbush started on the mound for LSU, but was done in the third inning where he gave up five runs on six hits with two walks and no strike outs.
Furbush made it through the first two innings with good defensive play. Hard balls were clocked around the outfield of Alex Box, making it a hard day's work for outfielders Jason Lewis and Mitchell.
Hard hits however
caught up to Furbush in the third, and were replaced by sophomore right-hander
Louis Coleman. The Schlater,
Matt Jackson relieved
Coleman to begin the eighth, giving up one run, while Nolan Cain finished the
contest in the ninth wit the final two outs for the 7-1,
If not for a disastrous six-run third inning, Mainieri said his Tigers could have played competitive.
"We should have really gotten out of the inning only giving up two runs," said Mainieri. "We had a double-play ball that would have ended the inning and four runs scored after that. We dug ourselves such a big hole, and going up against a pitcher like that is really difficult."
Just three LSU players were able to touch Adkins, with Blake Dean, Michael Hollander and Jared Mitchell each reaching base. Dean's hit turned into a blast over the scoreboard in right field for the lone run of the night, while Mitchell and Hollander managed a pair of singles.