Hollander's Two-RBI Single Gives Baseball Sixth-Straight

LSU's Michael Hollander
LSU's Michael Hollander
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BATON ROUGE -- Senior third baseman Michael Hollander broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with a clutch two-run single, and freshman pitcher Daniel Bradshaw shut down Michigan State in the ninth Tuesday night as LSU held off the Spartans, 5-3, in a chilly Alex Box Stadium.

Hollander, the lone senior in the regular lineup, finished 2-for-3 on the night with a triple and two RBIs. After battling to a 2-2 count against Spartan pitcher Kurt Wunderlich in the eighth, the third baseman ripped a two-out single into center field to score shortstop D.J. LeMahieu and catcher Sean Ochinko and give the Tigers a two-run lead.

Bradshaw (1-0) struck out three, including two in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Tigers.

“D.J. LeMahieu came through with two very clutch hits for us,” head coach Paul Mainieri said. “Of course, Mike Hollander rose up in the eighth inning with a big hit, and I thought (Daniel) Bradshaw was phenomenal finishing out the eighth inning with a big strikeout and then, saving the game for us.”

LSU (8-1) notched its sixth straight victory. Michigan State (3-5) left 14 men on base in the loss.

“It wasn’t a tremendously played game by us, but we found a way to win in the end,” Mainieri added. “That’s something to build upon.”

Michigan State scored the first run of the game in the second inning when second baseman Brandon Doherty reached on a throwing error, scoring left fielder Johnny Lee from third base. The Spartans took a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers bounced back in the bottom of the second to tie the game, 1-1. With outfielder Leon Landry on second, LeMahieu ripped an RBI single into center field to plate Landry.

LSU failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity in the bottom of the third. After three consecutive singles by Ryan Schimpf, Jared Mitchell and Blake Dean to load the bases with one out, first baseman Matt Clark grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The top of the fifth inning featured some impressive glove work by the Tiger infielders. Schimpf robbed right fielder Justin Potes of a base hit with an outstanding leaping catch. Two batters later, Hollander made a nice grab on a liner in foul territory off the bat of shortstop Jonathan Roof.

The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as LeMahieu knocked in Dean and Clark with a base hit into right field. The single put the Tigers up 3-1.

The Spartans gained one back in the top of the seventh to bring the score to 3-2. With two outs, Jonathan Roof hit a blooper into right field that Landry was unable to track down resulting in a double. First baseman Tyler Newsome drove in Roof with a base hit up the middle in the next at-bat.

Meanwhile, Wunderlich kept the Tigers from adding to their lead with an impressive seventh inning in which he struck out the side.

The Spartans retied the game in the top of the eighth. Catcher Eric Roof collected a base hit off Ross to start the inning, and Doherty moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. After a ground out by center fielder Dennis Jones advanced Roof to third, designated hitter Kyle Day singled to center to tie the game at 3-3.

Hollander’s two-run single put the Tigers ahead for good in the bottom of the eighth, and Bradshaw fanned outfielder Chris Roberts to end the game.

Wunderlich (1-1) was charged with the loss.

The Tigers and Spartans face off in Game 2 of the two-game set Wednesday at 3 p.m. Due to the men’s basketball game against Alabama, Wednesday’s contest will only be broadcast in the Baton Rouge area (WTGE 107.3 FM), but live audio and video will be available on the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

Junior left-hander Ryan Byrd (0-0) will take the mound for the Tigers.

LSU 5, Michigan State 3 (Mar 04, 2008 at Baton Rouge, La.)


Michigan State...... 010 000 110  -  3 10  2      (3-5)
LSU...................... 010 002 02X  -   5  9  4      (8-1)


Pitchers: Michigan State - Dunn, A.J.; Corcoran, Kyle(6); Eckerle, Brandon(6);
Wunderlich, Kurt(6). LSU - Blake Martin; Austin Ross(6); Daniel Bradshaw(8).
Win-Daniel Bradshaw(1-0)  Loss-Wunderlich, Kurt(1-1)  T-3:23  A-6787
Weather: 51 degrees,clear
Actual Attendance:  1,341
Dunn, A.J. faced 1 batter in the 6th.




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