Coleman Leads Baseball to Win Over NSU, 6-2

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BATON ROUGE -- Sophomore right-hander Louis Coleman recovered from a rough weekend outing with six-plus strong innings Wednesday night, leading LSU to a 6-2 victory over Northwestern State at Alex Box Stadium. 

The Tigers (5-2) won their ninth straight regular-season mid-week contest at home, a streak that dates back to a 15-3 win over Centenary last February.

The Demons (1-7) have now lost eight straight games against LSU and have not won in Baton Rouge since the 1999 season.

LSU continues an eight-game homestand with a three-game series against Central Florida this weekend. Game times are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and noon Sunday.

Junior left-hander Charlie Furbush (1-1, 4.35) is slated to take the mound on Friday night for the Tigers. Live audio and video of all three games is available in the Geaux Zone at

LSU's eight and nine-hole hitters -- right fielder Steven Waguespack and shortstop Michael Hollander -- combined to go 4-for-8 with two runs and three RBI on Wednesday. Third baseman J.T. Wise and centerfielder Jared Mitchell added two hits apiece.

Coleman, who was roughed up for eight runs and nine hits last Saturday at Stetson, responded with a quality outing. He limited Northwestern State to one run on five hits in 6.1 innings, while walking none and striking out six on 96 pitches.

"I wanted him to get right back on the horse and get his confidence back," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I thought he really attacked the hitters tonight. He got ahead of a lot of hitters. He was throwing hard especially early in the game. As the game wore on, I thought he pitched well." HHH

Junior left-hander Jason Grace (1-1) was charged with the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work.

LSU built a 3-0 lead after the first two innings. Mitchell singled, stole second and took third on a passed ball in the first. Two batters later, first baseman Sean Ochinko's single brought Mitchell in from third.

"Speed can create such things," said Mainieri. "Look at Jared Mitchell. He hits a couple of balls that don't even get out of the infield and gets base hits out of them. Then he steals a bag and gets to third base. It puts a lot of pressure on a team and comes home on Ochinko's hit."

Third baseman J.T. Wise collected his first career triple and the Tigers' second of the season to lead off the second inning. Waguespack then ended an 0-for-13 streak with a double into shallow center field.

The Demons countered with a run of their own in the third on the benefit of an error by Coleman. Shortstop Brandon Richey singled to start the frame and took third when Coleman fired wildly down the right field line on a pickoff attempt. Richeyy came into score on second baseman Roberto Gallegos' RBI grounder.

However, LSU answered the run in the fourth and tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Wise and catcher Robert Lara singled and doubled, respectively, in the sixth, and Waguespack followed with a clutch two-strike, two-run single through the right side.

After Coleman allowed a run in the third, he retired the final 12 batters he faced before giving way to right-hander Paul Bertuccini.

Bertuccini and sophomores Ryan Byrd and Nolan Cain worked the final 2.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits.

LSU 6, Northwestern State 2 (Feb 21, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Northwestern State.. 001 000 010  -  2  9  2      (1-7)
LSU......................... 120 102 00X  -  6 11  1      (5-2)
Pitchers: Northwestern State - Grace, Jason; Campbell, Ryan(6).
LSU - Louis Coleman; Paul Bertuccini(7); Ryan Byrd(8); Nolan Cain(9).
Win-Louis Coleman(2-1)  Loss-Grace, Jason(1-1)  T-2:45  A-7111
HR NWLA - Jaworski, Mike (1).
Actual attendance: 2,212



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