After Delays, Baseball Loses First Series Opener

LSU's Raph Rhymes
LSU's Raph Rhymes
Chris Parent (@chrisparent)
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M sophomore right-hander Daniel Mengden limited third-ranked LSU to one run through eight innings, and the Aggies erased a 1-0 deficit with a two-run seventh inning to post a 2-1 victory at rain-soaked Blue Bell Park.

Mengden (6-3) threw 111 pitches,  allowing one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. A&M reliever Jason Jester retired the side in order in the ninth inning to earn his 13th save.

Mengden and Jester combined to retire the final 11 LSU batters of the game. The loss marked LSU’s first defeat this season in the opening game of a series.

“It’s disappointing to lose a series opener for the first time this season,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “but we certainly  have an opportunity to rebound over the next two games. I’m confident we’ll come back to the ball park determined to even this series.”

The teams meet in Game 2 of the series at 6:30 p.m. CT, and the contest will be televised by Cox Sports Television and Comcast Sports Southeast. The game can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live audio and stats may be accessed at

Sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola will start on the mound for LSU, while Texas A&M will counter with junior right-hander Parker Ray.

LSU starter Cody Glenn (5-2) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered two runs (one earned) on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Glenn held a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh before the Aggies engineered a two-run rally. Rightfielder Brandon Wood led off with a single, and he moved to third when LSU shortstop Alex Bregman misplayed leftfielder Jonathan Moroney’s grounder.

Centerfielder Krey Bratsen bunted for a base hit, and Wood scored when LSU third baseman Christian Ibarra unleashed an errant throw to first base. The Aggies took the lead on an RBI single from shortstop Mikey Reynolds that scored Moroney.

The game - which didn’t start until 9:49 p.m. due to rain and was halted for a total of 26 minutes during brief showers – was scoreless until the top of the sixth when LSU leftfielder Raph Rhymes singled and scored on Bregman’s double.

Texas A&M 2, LSU 1 (May 09, 2013 at College Station, TX)
LSU....................... 000 001 000  -  1  5  2      (43-7, 19-6 SEC)
Texas A&M........... 000 000 20X  -  2  6  0      (27-22, 11-13 SEC)
Pitchers: LSU - Cody Glenn; Nick Rumbelow(7) and Ty Ross.
Texas A&M - Daniel Mengden; Jason Jester(9) and Troy Stein.
Win-Daniel Mengden(6-3)  Save-Jason Jester(13)  Loss-Cody Glenn(5-2)  T-2:15  A-4103




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