Diamond Dores drop a pair of thrillers to LSU

BATON ROUGE, La.-- Fifth-ranked LSU completed a doubleheader sweep over Vanderbilt by scores of 3-2 (10 innings) and 7-6 (11 innings) in two exciting extra-inning contests Saturday at Alex Box Stadium. Vanderbilt fell to 34-16, 12-14 SEC, while LSU improved to 38-13, 16-10. The two teams conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, La.-- Fifth-ranked LSU completed a doubleheader sweep over Vanderbilt by scores of 3-2 (10 innings) and 7-6 (11 innings) in two exciting extra-inning contests Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.

In the opener, LSU Catcher Matt Liuzza's one-out RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning allowed pinch-runner Rhett Buteau to score, giving LSU a dramatic 3-2 win.

Jeremy Sowers, who was lifted in the tenth inning, was charged with the loss despite a gutsy nine-inning-plus performance. The game-winning hit came off reliever Jensen Lewis.

Tiger right fielder Jon Zeringue tied a school record with five hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th, as the Tigers came back from a 4-0 deficit to capture a 7-6 victory in the second game.

Down 6-3 entering the eighth inning, LSU exploded for 3 runs to tie the game. Vanderbilt brought in ace reliever Ryan Rote, who surrendered Zeringue's game-winning hit in the 11th.

The Tigers (38-13, 16-10) will play for their first SEC sweep this season when senior right-hander Nate Bumstead (8-2, 3.84) takes the mound in the series finale set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Vanderbilt (34-16, 12-14) is slated to start sophomore right-hander Matt Buschmann (6-1, 3.18).

Game one: LSU 3, Vanderbilt 2, 10 innings

Score by Innings                     R H E
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Vanderbilt.......... 001 000 010 0 - 2 10 1
Louisiana State..... 011 000 000 1 - 3 8 2
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Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

Win - Faircloth, J (3-3). Loss - J. Sowers (7-5).
Save - None.

Start: 11 a.m. Time: 2:19 Attendance: 2954


Game two: LSU 7, Vanderbilt 6, 11 innings

Score by Innings                      R H E
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Vanderbilt.......... 031 001 010 00 - 6 14 0
Louisiana State..... 000 030 030 01 - 7 15 1
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Note: None out, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.

Win - Determann, J (4-3). Loss - R. Rote (1-4).
Save - None.

Start: 1:58 pm Time: 3:20 Attendance: 3923

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