LSU Baseball Report – March 1, 2010
Overall Record: 7-0
Last Week: 4-0
Feb. 24 – McNeese State (W, 2-1)
Feb. 27 – William & Mary (W, 10-9)
Feb. 28 (Game 1) – William & Mary (W, 9-6)
Feb. 28 (Game 2) – William & Mary (W, 7-4)
Notes on the Tigers
LSU extended its season-opening win streak to seven games last week as the Tigers defeated McNeese State on Wednesday and swept three games from William & Mary over the weekend.
LSU has won eight straight games dating back to last season’s CWS Finals win over Texas.
Saturday’s 10-9 victory over William & Mary featured an LSU comeback from an 8-0, sixth-inning deficit. The Tigers tied the game with an eight-run bottom of the sixth before taking the lead for good with two more runs in the seventh.
The comeback was the largest for an LSU squad since April 10, 1988, when the Tigers trailed Ole Miss 13-3 through six innings in Alex Box Stadium and rebounded to win 15-13.
Junior catcher Micah Gibbs enjoyed a fantastic week at the plate, batting .467 (7-for-15) in four games with one double, one homer, four RBI and three runs. Gibbs’ solo homer in the eighth inning versus McNeese State on Wednesday broke a 1-1 tie and lifted LSU to a 2-1 victory.
Freshman left-hander Jordan Rittiner earned a win over William & Mary on Sunday in his first career collegiate start. Rittiner, a product of Metairie, La., fired 90 pitches in six innings, allowing just one earned run on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts
Junior centerfielder Leon Landry tied an LSU single-game record with four stolen bases in Game 2 of the twin bill versus William & Mary on Sunday. Landry has stolen six bases in seven attempts this season.
Sophomore leftfielder Trey Watkins also has six steals in seven attempts this season, and he was a perfect 4-for-4 in the William & Mary series. Watkins hit .500 (6-for-12) in the series with one double, two triples, three RBI and seven runs, and his on-base percentage was .600.
LSU first baseman Blake Dean increased his career RBI total to 202, moving into a tie with Trey McClure for fourth place on the all-time LSU RBI list. Dean, a senior from Crestview, Fla., also increased his career hits total to 258 and moved into 10th place on the all-time LSU hits list.