Baseball Clinches Series with Mississippi St., 4-3
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE - LSU first baseman Mason Katz launched a two-run homer Saturday night and right-hander Ryan Eades allowed one run in seven innings of work as the 10th-ranked Tigers edged No. 21 Mississippi State, 4-3, in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU, which defeated the Bulldogs, 3-2, in 10 innings on Friday night, improved to 16-3 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Mississippi State fell to 14-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
The teams conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Freshman right-hander Aaron Nola will start on the mound for the Tigers, while the Bulldogs will counter with junior right-hander Kendall Graveman.
LSU junior right-hander Nick Goody earned his second save of the season as Mississippi State attempted to rally from a 4-2 deficit entering the ninth inning.
Third baseman Phillip Casey led off the MSU ninth with a single, and he moved to second when Goody walked catcher Mitch Slauter. Second baseman Matthew Britton laid down a sacrifice bunt, and all three runners were safe when LSU catcher Ty Ross' throw to second base was not in time.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Goody induced a shallow fly ball to center field from shortstop Adam Frazier for the first out. Rightfielder Demarcus Henderson's sacrifice fly to center scored Casey from third and narrowed the deficit to 4-3.
Goody, however, struck out designated hitter Trey Porter with runners at first and second to end the game.
"I'm spent," said a happy LSU coach Paul Mainieri after the game. "That was another gritty effort by our team to earn a very tough win. Those games add a few more gray hairs to the coach's head, but we'll certainly take them. It's not often you win a game by scoring four runs on only four hits, but our players came through in the most critical situations in the game."
Eades (4-1) worked seven innings for the win, limiting the Bulldogs to one run on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Bulldog starter Nick Routt when Katz unloaded a two-run homer, his fourth dinger of the season.
The Bulldogs responded with a run in the top of the third against Eades Britton singled and later scored on a single by Porter.
Centerfielder Chris Sciambra's RBI single in the sixth scored Hanover and gave the Tigers a 4-1 advantage.
Porter cut the gap to 4-2 with a one-out solo homer in the eighth off of LSU reliever Brent Bonvillain. Nick Rumbelow relieved Bonvillain and sandwiched a walk between two strikeouts to end the MSU threat.
Routt (1-2) was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on two hits in 3.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Right-hander Evan Mitchell worked the final 4.1 innings for the Bulldogs, allowing one run on two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
LSU 4, Mississippi State 3 (Mar 17, 2012 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Mississippi State..... 001 000 011 - 3 10 0 (14-7, 0-2 SEC)
LSU........................ 200 101 00X - 4 4 0 (16-3, 2-0 SEC)
Pitchers: Mississippi State - Nick Routt; Evan Mitchell (4) and Mitch Slauter. LSU - Ryan Eades; Joey Bourgeois(8); Brent Bonvillain (8); Nick Rumbelow (8); Nick Goody (9) and Ty Ross.
Win-Ryan Eades(4-1) Save-Nick Goody(2) Loss-Nick Routt(1-2) T-2:41 A-11137
HR MSTATE - Trey Porter (4).
HR LSU - Mason Katz (4).
Actual Attendance: 7,504
Bonvillain faced 1 batter in the 8th.