Baseball Continues Winning Week, 16-3

LSU's Mason Katz came up short of an NCAA record, but remained hot at the plate.
LSU's Mason Katz came up short of an NCAA record, but remained hot at the plate.
Hilary Scheinuk
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

BATON ROUGE -- No. 13 LSU (9-2) put together a four-run fourth inning and an eight-run sixth inning Saturday to defeat Dartmouth (0-2) by a score of 16-3 in the second game of the three game series in Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers will go for the sweep Sunday at 11 a.m. after winning the series opener, 8-4, on Friday night.

Sophomore pitcher Ryan Eades (2-1) picked up the victory for LSU. He fired six innings, allowed five hits, one run (one earned) and struck out five.

Junior first baseman Mason Katz's streak of reaching base in 17 consecutive plate appearances was ended on a first inning strike out, which left him one shy of the NCAA record. In his next at bat in the bottom of the fourth, Katz hit a home run to left center. He also drove in two runs on a sixth inning double.

Catcher Ty Ross drove home a career-high five RBI and center fielder Chris Sciambra drove in three more. Shortstop Austin Nola chipped in a pair of doubles in a three-hit effort.

"I really like the way our lineup is coming together," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We're coming through with some very good at-bats at key times, and the hits are coming from the top and bottom of the order."

Dartmouth's Mitch Horacek (0-1) took the loss. The left-hander allowed nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits and two walks in five innings of work.

LSU opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth.  Katz propelled a one-out solo shot into the left field bleachers. The long ball was his second of the series and third of the season.

Rightfielder Raph Rhymes proceeded to line a double to the wall in left center. Nola drew a one-out walk to put two runners on. Third baseman Tyler Hanover popped up behind first. Designated hitter Jackson Slaid hit a dribbler down the third base line that Dartmouth hoped would go foul, but the ball stayed in play and the bases were loaded for Ross.

Ross cleared the bases on a double into the right field corner to give LSU the 4-0 lead.

Dartmouth threatened in the top of the fifth. Jeff Keller reached first on a throwing error by Nola. Eades forced Nick Lombardi to pop out for the first out. Keller moved to third on Matt Robinson's single under Jones's glove at second. Eades responded to the runners on the corner by striking out Chad Piersma and getting Jake Carlson to ground out.

"I thought the real story of the game was the performance of Ryan Eades," Mainieri said. "He pounded the zone, really went after their hitters and competed at a very high level."

Dartmouth cut into the Tigers' lead in the top of the sixth. Joe Sclafani led off the inning with a single, but was forced out at second on pinch hitter Thomas Roulis' fielder's choice. Chris O'Dowd knocked a single up the middle to place runners on the corner. Eades forced Ennis Coble to line out to Nola at short.

Keller sneaked a single up the middle to plate Roulis and move O'Dowd to third. After a mound visit from pitching coach Alan Dunn, Eades got Nick Lombardi to pop up to Nola to end the rally.

LSU's bats responded in the bottom half of the sixth. Nola led off the frame and cracked his second double of the contest. Hanover's perfect bunt attempt allowed him to reach first safely and advanced Nola to third. Slaid walked to load the bases.

Ross stepped in with the bases loaded for the second time and drove in two with a single to right. Slaid advanced to third and scored on Sciambra's sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by the pitcher.

Reliever Mike Dodakian got left fielder Jared Foster to line out before second baseman JaCoby Jones bunted Ross and Sciambra to third and second, respectively. Katz laced a double down the left field line to score both runners.

The next pitch hit Rhymes. Nola plated Katz on a single to center and Rhymes moved to second. A wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position. Hanover cranked a double down the left field line to score Nola and Rhymes, increasing the lead to 12-1.

In the top of the seventh, the Big Green loaded the bases against reliever Nick Rumbelow on consecutive walks to Robinson and Piersma and a single by Carlson.

Rumbelow struck out Sclafani and forced Roulis to ground out to third, but Robinson scored from third on the fielder's choice. Rumbelow struck out O'Dowd to leave the deficit at 12-2.

LSU added to the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Back-to-back walks to Sciambra and Foster placed runners on first and second. Jones hit an infield single and the throw to first was off target. Sciambra scored on the play and Jones was thrown out trying to retreat back to first.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jordy Snikeris delivered an RBI single and Sciambra produced a two-run single to increase the lead to 16-2.

Dartmouth added one in the ninth against reliever Brent Bonvillain to account for the final margin.

LSU 16, Dartmouth 3 (Mar 03, 2012 at Baton Rouge, La.)

Dartmouth........... 000 001 101  -  3  8  5      (0-2)
LSU...................... 000 408 13X  - 16 15  1     (9-2)

Pitchers: Dartmouth - Horacek, Mitch; Dodakian, Mike(6); Frank, Adam(7) and Piersma, Chad;
MacDowell, Matt.
LSU - Ryan Eades; Nick Rumbelow(7); Brent Bonvillain(8) and Ty Ross; Jordy Snikeris.
Win-Ryan Eades(2-1)  Loss-Horacek, Mitch(0-1)  T-2:34  A-10133
HR LSU - Mason Katz (3).
Actual Attendance: 4,025
Horacek faced 5 batters in the 6th.




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