Five-Run Sixth Ends Baseball's Five-Game Slide

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BATON ROUGE -- A big sixth inning propelled LSU to victory over in-state rival Tulane, 7-5, in Alex Box Stadium on a chilly Wednesday evening.

A three-run triple by Ryan Schimpf was the key hit for the Tigers (12-6), who ended a five-game losing streak. The loss dropped Tulane to 13-6 on the season.

“I don’t know that a win was ever needed more by a team that I’ve coached in 26 years than tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I don’t care who the game was against. The way things were going for us, we just needed a great win.”

Things got off to a rough start for LSU. Ryan Byrd (1-1), LSU’s starting pitcher, gave up two hits in the first before three recording straight outs. In the second inning, he gave up three straight hits to the bottom of the Green Wave’s lineup, leading to Tulane’s first run of the game.

Byrd was lifted after pitching 1.1 innings, recording one strikeout.

Austin Ross, pitching in relief of Byrd, gave up a hit to Scott Powell that scored two runs. Powell then stole second, and Anthony Scelfo walked. Jared Dyer was hit by the very next pitch, loading the bases for Andrew Rodgers. Leon Landry, getting the start in center, saved some runs by making a sliding catch on a Rodgers line drive, then doubling Scelfo up at second.

Matt Gaudet led off the LSU second with a hit followed by a walk by Landry. Derek Helenihi moved both runners over on an infield chopper. DJ LeMahieu walked to load the bases for Ryan Schimpf. He was hit by a Jonathan Garrett pitch, scoring Gaudet for LSU’s first run. However, the three runners were stranded when Michael Hollander grounded out to the shortstop.

Blake Dean drove a double into the right field corner to open the third. Gaudet ripped a shot right up the middle that scored Dean for LSU’s second run of the game.

In the fifth, LSU sent Ryan Verdugo and Nolan Cain to the mound after pitching Jordan Nicholson in the previous inning. With runners at first and second, Cain got Warren McFadden to ground into what could have been an inning-ending double play. However, LeMahieu’s throw to first pulled Matt Clark off the bag, and Scelfo scored from second.

The Green Wave struck again in the sixth when Scelfo singled home Rob Segedin. The run gave Tulane a 5-2 lead.

Landry reached first for the second time on the day after slapping a slow grounder to shortstop in the sixth. He advanced to third on a double by Helenihi. Micah Gibbs then walked to load the bases. LeMahieu then walked in a run, making the game 5-3 in favor of Tulane.

That brought Schimpf to the plate for his bases-clearing triple. Hollander then doubled home Schimpf, giving the Tigers a 7-5 lead.

“That inning was great for us,” added Mainieri. “I think Schimpf’s triple was easily the biggest hit of the season for us.”

Jordan Brown, Daniel Bradshaw and Jared Bradford finished the game, pitching the sixth through ninth innings. Brown (3-0) was credited with the win, and Bradford earned his first save of the season.

Brown allowed one run on three hits in the sixth inning with no walks or strikeouts. Bradshaw blanked the Wave in the seventh and eighth, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. Bradford pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit with one strikeout.

LSU wore throwback uniforms Wednesday night that resembled the attire the Tigers wore in the early 20th Century.

LSU will play its first SEC home series of the season this weekend when the Tigers face Arkansas. Friday’s game will start at 7 p.m.  Saturday’s contest will begin at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.

LSU 7, Tulane 5 (Mar 19, 2008 at Baton Rouge, La.)


Tulane.............. 030 011 000  -  5 10  0      (13-6)
LSU................. 011 005 00X  -  7  8  1       (12-6)


Pitchers: Tulane - Jonathan Garrett; Nick Pepitone(6); Trey Martin(6). LSU - Ryan Byrd;
Austin Ross(2); Jordan Nicholson(4); Ryan Verdugo(5); Nolan Cain(5); Jordan Brown(6);
Daniel Bradshaw(7); Jared Bradford(9).
Win-Jordan Brown(3-0)  Save-Jared Bradford(1)  Loss-Nick Pepitone(2-1)  T-3:18  A-7820
Weather: 59 degrees and cloudy
Actual attendance: 3,621
Pepitone faced 4 batters in the 6th.



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