Baseball Wins Two, Earns Sweep of Tennessee

LSU's Tyler Hanover
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Catcher Micah Gibbs and designated hitter Matt Gaudet each drove in two runs Saturday night to lead fourth-ranked LSU to an 8-6 win over Tennessee in the second game of a doubleheader at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The win in the nightcap completed a sweep of the twin bill as the Tigers won Saturday's opener by a 10-6 count. LSU, which defeated Tennessee, 6-2 on Friday night, completed an SEC series sweep on the road for the first time since May 2008 at Auburn.

LSU also extended its current win streak to six games and captured an SEC series for the 15th time in its last 16 conference weekends, dating back to 2008.

"I'm proud of our players for earning three tough wins," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Sweeps in the SEC at home or on the road are rare, and I'm pleased we were able to get the victories. We still have some areas in which we need to improve, but we demonstrated the poise necessary to win the games."

Tennessee took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of Game 2 when leftfielder P.J. Polk unloaded a solo home run.

LSU claimed the lead in the fourth as Gaudet blasted a two-run homer, his ninth dinger of the season and his second of the doubleheader.

The Tigers extended the lead to 6-1 in the fifth as centerfielder Leon Landry unloaded a solo homer, first baseman Blake Dean delivered an RBI groundout and Gibbs ripped a two-run triple.

Tennessee cut the deficit to 6-2 in the fifth as catcher Blake Forsythe lined an RBI single against LSU starter Joey Bourgeois (3-1).

The Vols then erupted for three runs in the sixth as Polk and shortstop Zach Osborne produced RBI singles during the uprising.

The Tigers increased the lead to 7-5 in the eighth on an RBI groundout by shortstop Austin Nola, but Tennessee narrowed the game to 7-6 in the bottom of the inning as first baseman Cody Hawn produced a sacrifice fly.

LSU added a run in the ninth when leftfielder Trey Watkins tripled and scored on second baseman Tyler  Hanover's single.

LSU reliever Matty Ott earned his ninth save of the season as he pitched around a one-out double in the ninth to preserve the victory.

Bourgeois was credited with the win as he worked 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Tennessee starter Steven Gruver (1-1) was charged with the loss as he surrendered six runs on six hits in 4.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts.

The TIgers collected 15 hits in Game 1 Saturday to record the 10-6 victory. LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, making his first appearance since the season opener on February 19 versus Centenary, started the game and fired two perfect innings with one strikeout.

"The biggest development of the day was the performance of Anthony Ranaudo," Mainieri said. "He felt great and pitched without pain, and he hit 93 (mph) with his fastball. We'll continue to monitor his progress, but I was very pleased with his outing today."

Left-hander Chris Matulis (4-0) relieved Ranaudo and earned the win, allowing three earned runs on five hits in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

LSU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning as rightfielder Mikie Mahtook ripped a run-scoring double and Nola contributed an RBI single against Tennessee starter Stephen McCray (2-3).

McCray was charged with the loss as he surrendered five runs on eight hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

The Vols took advantage of a pair of LSU errors in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Rightfielder Matt Ramsey's RBI double highlighted the rally.

LSU tied the game in the top of the sixth when Gaudet launched a solo homer, his eighth dinger of the season.

The Tigers erupted for four runs in the seventh to seize a 7-3 advantage.  Nola lined an RBI double, Hanover and Gibbs added run-scoring singles and Gaudet collected a sacrifice fly.

LSU extended the lead to 8-5 in the eighth when third baseman Beau Didier lifted a sacrifice fly. The Vols responded with a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI groundout by DH Matt Hamaker.

The Tigers added two runs in the ninth on run-scoring singles by Gibbs and Landry.

LSU 10, Tennessee 6 (Mar 27, 2010 at Knoxville, Tenn.) (Game 1)
LSU.......................000 201 412  - 10 15  2      (19-3, 4-1 SEC)
Tennessee........... 000 030 210  -  6  7  2      (11-12, 0-5 SEC)
Pitchers: LSU - Anthony Ranaudo; Chris Matulis(3); Jordan Rittiner(8); Paul Bertuccini(8);
Matty Ott(9) and Micah Gibbs. Tennessee - Stephen McCray; Will Locante(7); Nick Blount(7);
Dylan Hochevar(9) and Blake Forsythe.
Win-Chris Matulis(4-0)  Loss-Stephen McCray(2-3)  T-3:04  A-2490
HR LSU - Matt Gaudet (8).
HR UT - Matt Duffy (1); Matt Ramsey (1).
MCCRAY faced 2 batters in the 7th.
BLOUNT faced 3 batters in the 9th.

LSU 8, Tennessee 6 (Mar 27, 2010 at Knoxville, Tenn.) (Game 2)
LSU...................... 000 240 011  -  8 12  1      (20-3, 5-1 SEC)
Tennessee........... 001 013 010  -  6 10  0      (11-13, 0-6 SEC)
Pitchers: LSU - Joey Bourgeois; Daniel Bradshaw(6); Mitch Mormann(6); Chris Cotton(8);
Matty Ott(9) and Micah Gibbs. Tennessee - Steven Gruver; Steve Crnkovich(5); Matt Ramsey(9) and
Blake Forsythe.
Win-Joey Bourgeois(3-1)  Save-Matty Ott(9)  Loss-Steven Gruver(1-1)  T-2:51  A-1394
HR LSU - Matt Gaudet (9); Leon Landry (3).
HR UT - P.J. Polk (2).
Bradshaw faced 2 batters in the 6th.
CRNKOVICH faced 1 batter in the 9th




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