Vandy drops series final, 3-0; LSU wins series

Nashville, Tenn. – LSU's Chris Smith threw his second consecutive complete game shutout Sunday defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Hawkins Field to win the series, 2-1. Right fielder Nick Stavinoha drove in all three of the Tiger's runs. LSU is 31-14, 12-9 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt is 29-14, 10-11 in league action.

Smith gave up seven hits, struck out four and did not allow a walk. He has thrown 25.2 scoreless innings dating back to the Ole Miss contest (April 17). David Price took the loss for Vanderbilt and is 2-3 on the season. Price went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Jeff Sues and Ryan Rote pitched 3.2 hitless innings for the Commodores. Sues went 1.2 innings striking out three and walking three, while Rote finished the game (two innings) with three strikeouts and one walk.

LSU took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Nick Stavinoha hit his 13th homerun of the season over the left field wall – a two-run shot that scored Jordan Meyer who reached after being hit by a pitch.

Chris Jackson walked to open the fifth inning and moved to third on a single through the right side by Ryan Patterson. Jackson scored when Stavinoha reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop forcing Patterson out at second for a 3-0 LSU lead.

After Price struck out the first batter of the game, Jordan Mayer hit a bloop single over the pitchers mound and moved to second when Patterson was hit by a pitch. Both advanced to a passed ball and Clay Harris drew a walk to load the bases. With two away, Price struck out Will Harris to retire the side with bases loaded. The Tigers left the bases loaded again in the sixth inning when Sues replaced Price on the mound and walked Mayer to load the bases. He struck out Patterson on three pitches to end the inning without allowing a Tiger to score.

In the eighth inning, Hebert pinch hit for Michael Hollander and drew a walk from Sues. Rote relieved Sues and struck out the side stranding Hebert on third (stole second and third).

The Commodores totaled seven hits in the game, including four leadoff hits. Rucker Taylor and Brian Hernandez each had two hits in the game. LSU had five hits and stranded 13 baserunners.

Vanderbilt travels to Georgia this weekend for a three-game series with the Bulldogs.


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