Little Throws Complete-Game; VU handles LSU

Baton Rouge, La. ­ Right-hander Jeff Little tossed a complete-game six hitter as Vanderbilt took care of LSU 9-2 Saturday, March 16, at Alex Box Stadium. The Commodores' (12-4, 1-1 SEC) win snapped a three-game losing streak to LSU (14-7, 1-1 SEC) and evened the three-game series at a game apiece.

Little (4-1) kept the Tigers off balance, scattering six hits and allowing one earned run and a walk while striking out three. The complete game effort was the second of Little's career. His first came in a 6-4 loss last year at Kentucky on April 13.

Unlike Friday when Vanderbilt managed only four hits in a 6-0 loss, the Commodores put together 14 hits and never trailed in the game. First baseman Sean Luellwitz went 3-for-4 with two RBI and left fielder John Kaye went 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBI.

Vanderbilt took and early 1-0 lead in the second inning off LSU starter Lane Mestepey (3-2) when right fielder Worth Scott singled in Luellwitz.

After LSU left fielder Matt Heath tied the game with a solo homer to right field in the third inning, Vanderbilt regained the lead in the fourth. After shortstop Tony Mansolino reached on an infield single, Kaye smashed a two-run homer to left-center field to give the Commodores a 3-1 advantage.

Vanderbilt gained control of the game, scoring twice on three hits in the fifth inning. The Commodores manufactured both runs after second baseman

Scott Vanderhoff and center fielder Karl Nonemaker lead off the inning with back-to-back bunt singles. After Mansolino sacrificed both runners to second and third, Kaye hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Vanderhoff. Luellwitz followed with an RBI-single to left field that plated Nonemakerand gave the Commodores a 5-1 lead.

The duo of Vanderhoff and Nonemaker scored again in the seventh inning after lead off walks. Vanderhoff scored on a wild pitch from reliever Lukas Guidroz and Nonemaker scored on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Luellwitz. Nonemaker finished the day 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Vanderbilt and LSU battle in the rubber game of the Southeastern Conference series opener Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The Commodores will be looking for their first series win in Baton Rouge since 1957. Vanderbilt's last series win overall came in Nashville in 1988. Top Stories