Georgia Answers Back

Georgia's bats produced 15 hits during Saturday's second game of a weekend series with No. 4 LSU, giving the Tigers just their second loss in Southeastern Conference play.

In Friday night's win over Georgia, LSU showed no mercy from the mound.

Anthony Ranaudo, the staff's ace who spent the better part of the last two months in the dugout, made his return behind three innings of pain-free pitching. Rising sophomore Chris Matulis tossed 4.2 innings of relief for his fifth win, while Matty Ott recorded his 10th save, which is good for best in the NCAA.

Like that, LSU – with just five hits to their credit – worked past Georgia for the 4-3 win, staying perfect (7-0) in games decided by one run.

On Saturday afternoon, on one of the hottest game days to date this season, the Georgia bats caught fire for 15 hits to give the Bulldogs a series-tying 12-6 win.

LSU right-hander Austin Ross (3-2) couldn't keep pace with the arms from the night prior, tossing five innings of seven hit, five run ball. The damage began immediately, seeing Georgia take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Levi Hyams singled up the middle to score Peter Verdin, who had reached second on a fielder error earlier in the inning.

The Tigers answered in the bottom of the frame. With Mikie Mahtook on third, Blake Dean drove an RBI groundout to first base to tie the game. Mahtook, who smacked a double in the first to set up the run, scored a team-high two runs on a pair of hits for LSU.

His second plate cross came in the third. After Georgia regained the lead on a two-run homerun by Hyams, Tyler Hanover recorded an RBI single to score Mahtook, who had recorded his second double earlier in the inning.

With the score at 3-2, Georgia used back-to-back doubles of their own to add another run to their lead. Robert Shipman then singled up the middle to score Hyams and Zach Cone, extending the lead to 6-2.

Before the rest of the damage piled on, LSU's Matt Gaudet, the surprise SEC leader in homeruns (11), sent a two-run shot over the left field bleachers to cut the lead to 6-4. Gaudet led all Tigers at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four RBI.

By the seventh inning, Georgia had jumped out to a 10-4 lead, working LSU relief pitcher Mitch Mormann for four runs on six hits over just an inning and a third of work. Chris Cotton worked the rest of the seventh and into the ninth for the Tigers, allowing just one run on one hit. Ben Alsup, who recorded the final two outs from the hill for LSU, also allowed a run on one hit.

The Tigers final run came off the bat of Gaudet in the bottom of the ninth, scoring pinch-hitter Grant Dozar.

The Bulldogs Jeff Walters (1-2) earned the win for visitors, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings of work.

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