Dirks Pitches No. 8 Tigers Past Stetson, 5-1

LSU's Jordan Mayer was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
LSU's Jordan Mayer was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
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BATON ROUGE -- Junior left-hander Clay Dirks rebounded from his last outing, limiting Stetson to one run in eight innings to hurl eighth-ranked LSU past the Hatters, 5-1, Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers (15-2) go for their 11th straight series win at 2 p.m. Saturday. Junior right-hander Derik Olvey (4-0, 0.30) will attempt to win his fifth straight outing against sophomore right-hander Corey Kluber (3-0, 1.00). Olvey has not allowed a run in 19 consecutive innings.

Saturday's baseball game will be broadcast in Baton Rouge only (WTGE 107.3 FM) as the LSU men's basketball game in the SEC Tournament against either Arkansas or Florida will be broadcast on the full LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).

Live audio and video of the baseball game are available to members of the Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies on www.LSUsports.net.

Dirks, who was touched for three runs on eight hits last week versus Houston, retired the last 15 batters he faced Friday and did not allow a hit after the fourth. The southpaw held Stetson to four hits, walked one and struck out eight.

However, Dirks did battle through trouble early. The Hatters (7-9) manufactured a run on a single to start the game by centerfielder Shane Jordan. After a wild pitch and a ground out, shortstop Brian Bocock's groundout gave Stetson a 1-0 lead.

"(Dirks) really didn't catch his groove until somewhere about the fourth inning," said head coach Smoke Laval. "I think the fifth is the first time we had the first 1-2-3 inning. We needed it."

LSU took advantage of two errors to tie the game at 1-1 in the second. Catcher Matt Liuzza reached on a one-out miscue by third baseman Braedyn Pruitt. Three batters later, Liuzza scored when left fielder Steven Broschofsky took second on an error by the second baseman Branon Paritz.

Liuzza put the Tigers in front in the fourth with a single off starter Chris Ingoglia, scoring designated hitter Jordan Mayer. Mayer accounted for another run in the fifth with a single to center, capping a 2-for-4 night.

Meanwhile, Dirks cruised through the middle innings and benefited from another solid performance by the LSU defense, highlighted by centerfielder Jarred Bogany's catch to end the seventh.

Bogany, making his first start since injuring his right wrist on Feb. 14, raced down what seemingly could have been a two-out double by Pruitt in the frame.

"I didn't think I was going to get there at first," said the freshman. "I had to hold up for a minute then I saw I could get it."

The Tigers pushed across a run each in the seventh and eighth to put the game away. First baseman J.T. Wise, who was 3-for-3, doubled to start the seventh. After a walk to right fielder Quinn Stewart and a passed ball, pinch runner Chris McGhee trotted in on a wild pitch.

Another wild pitch in the eighth allowed left fielder Bruce Sprowl to increase the LSU lead to 5-1, a margin that was enough for reliever Will Harris to start the ninth.

Harris, making his second pitching appearance of the season, struck out two of the four batters he faced to finish off Stetson, which went scoreless over the last eight innings.

Ingoglia (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits in six innings of work.

"(Ingoglia) is pretty good," said Laval. "I don't want to take anything away from him. He was already 3-0 with an ERA of 2.35 now. I guess we did alright."

LSU 5, Stetson 1 (Mar 10, 2006 at Baton Rouge, La.)


Stetson............. 100 000 000  -  1  5  2      (7-9)
LSU.................. 010 110 11X  -  5 10  0      (15-2)
Pitchers: Stetson - INGOGLIA; MARSOCCI(7). LSU - Dirks; Harris, W.(9).
Win-Dirks(3-1)  Loss-INGOGLIA(3-1)  T-2:38  A-7017
Actual attendance: 2,685
INGOGLIA faced 1 batter in the 7th.



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