LSU's Jared Mitchell was 4-for-4
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Bradford, Mitchell Help Baseball Salvage Finale, 8-4
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Published: March 04, 2007, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:24 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- Junior right-hander Jared Bradford turned in the most dominating outing by an LSU pitcher this season, and freshman centerfielder Jared Mitchell went 4-for-4 as the Tigers salvaged the series finale against Lipscomb, 8-4, on a chilly Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (8-6) snapped a four-game losing streak that began with a loss to Central Florida last Sunday. The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the three innings, finished with 11 hits and committed no errors.

After pounding out 27 hits in the first two games of the series, Lipscomb (11-5) tallied only six on Sunday and committed three errors that led to two unearned runs.

"Anybody that doesn't understand that pitching is the name of the game in this sport, doesn’t know this sport," said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. "It’s that simple. Our starting pitcher went out there and pitched great. He gave our team confidence, and they played loose."

LSU travels to Shreveport, La., to face Centenary at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fair Grounds Field. Freshman T.J. Forrest, a native of Benton, La., is slated to make his first collegiate start.

Bradford, a native of Hueytown, Ala., was outstanding in his second start of the season on Sunday. The right-hander limited Lipscomb to two runs on three hits in 7.1 innings. He walked one and struck out 13 batters, representing the most Ks by an LSU pitcher since Kurt Ainsworth fanned 16 at Tennessee on April 2, 1999.

"I've never been a strikeout guy, but today, I guess, was my day," said Bradford. "I’ll take it for what it was worth. Ninety percent of my fastballs were sinkers. Even if they hit that pitch, it is on the bottom half of the barrel, and they are going to ground out. It was really sinking today."

"He threw a lot of strikes," added Mainieri. "It was just really an awesome performance by him. I can't remember the last time I saw a pitcher strike out so many batters and throw so few pitches. That's amazing control and domination."

Bradford allowed only four base runners all day and only twice did a runner reach second base. After working two perfect innings to start the game, he surrendered his first hit with two outs in the third on a double by second baseman Andrew Nickerson.

Nickerson was quickly erased when he tried to stretch the double into a triple as second baseman Chris Jackson threw him out on a relay throw from center field.

Jackson sparked the Tigers to an early lead when he led off the game with an opposite field homer over the right field wall. It was the second blast of his career and first since April 12, 2005 versus Northwestern State.

Mitchell and left fielder Blake Dean followed with sharp singles, and catcher Sean Ochinko's groundout made it a 2-0 advantage.

The hits continued in the second on a Mitchell one-out single and an RBI single from Ochinko. Shortstop Michael Hollander delivered the big blow of the inning when he crushed a solo shot off of the scoreboard in right field. Hollander finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

LSU took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh after Ochinko connected on an RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield. Bradford allowed his only walk with one out in the seventh. Third baseman Branden Cadavid then reached on an infield single, which ended Bradford's outing after 99 pitches.

"That was the longest I have gone in awhile after being a closer and now going back to starting," said Bradford. "I could definitely feel it."

Sophomore reliever Darryl Shaffer endured some late-inning drama when he issued three straight hits -- highlighted by a two-run double from centerfielder Casey Bond -- that drew Lipscomb to within two runs at 6-4.

Shaffer recorded the final two outs of the eighth, as Lipscomb left a runner in scoring position.

The Tigers answered the four-run rally with two runs of their own in their half of the eighth on a bases-loaded walk to Mitchell and a fielder's choice groundout from Dean.

Mitchell finished with the first four-hit game by an LSU player since J.T. Wise had four against Mississippi State on March 26 of last season. The freshman reached base all five times, scored three runs, drove in a run and tied a season-high in stolen bases with two.

Sophomore Louis Coleman tossed a perfect ninth inning to preserve the victory.

LSU 8, Lipscomb 4 (Mar 04, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.)
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Lipscomb............ 000 000 040  -  4  6  3      (11-5)
LSU................... 202 100 12X  -  8 11  0      (8-6)
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Pitchers: Lipscomb - SCHNELLY, Matt; BOWLING, Matt(8); SMITHSON, Rob(8); SPICER, Josh(8). LSU -
Jared Bradford; Darryl Shaffer(8); Louis Coleman(9).
Win-Jared Bradford(2-1)  Loss-SCHNELLY, Matt(2-2)  T-2:18  A-6973
HR LSU - Chris Jackson (1); Michael Hollander (1).
Actual attendance: 1,949
SMITHSON faced 1 batter in the 8th.

LSU Baseball Report March 5, 2007
Overall Record: 
8-6

Last Week:  1-3
Feb. 27 TULANE (L, 3-8)
March 2 LIPSCOMB (L, 6-7)
March 3 LIPCOMB (L, 7-10)  
March 4 LIPSCOMB (W, 8-4)   

Nominee for PITCHER of the Week

Jared Bradford, RHP, Jr., Hueytown, Ala.
Junior right-hander Jared Bradford delivered a brilliant outing versus Lipscomb on Sunday, leading LSU to an 8-4 victory . . . Bradford limited the Bisons to two runs on three hits in 7.1 innings with one walk and 13 strikeouts . .. the strikeout total represented the highest by an LSU pitcher since April 2, 1999 when Kurt Ainsworth recorded 16 Ks in a win at Tennessee . . . Bradford allowed only four base runners during his outing, and only two runners advanced to second base; the runs that were charged to him scored after he had left the game in the eighth inning . . . Bradford threw 99 pitches in the outing after firing 20 pitches on Friday in a relief role against Lipscomb . . . he worked 1.2 shutout innings on Friday, allowing one hit with three strikeouts . . . in the two appearances combined, Bradford allowed two runs on four hits in nine innings with one walk, 16 strikeouts and an .143 opponent batting average.

Notes on the Tigers
Junior right-hander Jared Bradford delivered a brilliant outing versus Lipscomb on Sunday, leading LSU to an 8-4 victory . . . Bradford limited the Bisons to two runs on three hits in 7.1 innings with one walk and 13 strikeouts . .. the strikeout total represented the highest by an LSU pitcher since April 2, 1999 when Kurt Ainsworth recorded 16 Ks in a win at Tennessee . . . Bradford allowed only four base runners during his outing, and only two runners advanced to second base; the runs that were charged to him scored after he had left the game in the eighth inning . . . Bradford threw 99 pitches in the outing after firing 20 pitches on Friday in a relief role against Lipscomb . . . he worked 1.2 shutout innings on Friday, allowing one hit with three strikeouts . . . in the two appearances combined, Bradford allowed two runs on four hits in nine innings with one walk, 16 strikeouts and an .143 opponent batting average . . . freshman centerfielder Jared Mitchell sparked LSU’s offensive effort against Lipscomb on Sunday, as he was 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk, an RBI, three runs and two stolen bases . . . Mitchell lifted his season average to .328 (19-for-58) with team-highs of 16 runs and six steals . . . shortstop Michael Hollander enjoyed a productive series versus Lipscomb, batting .444 (4-for-9) in three games with one double, one homer, three RBI and two runs . . . including the Tigers’ game on Tuesday versus Tulane, Hollander hit .455 (5-for-11) for the week with two doubles, one homer, three runs and four RBI . . . true freshman right-hander Matt Jackson delivered a solid relief outing against Lipscomb Saturday in just his second career collegiate appearance . . . Jackson entered the game in the second inning with LSU trailing 6-0 and kept the Tigers within striking distance he worked 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts . . . Jackson helped the Tigers narrow the gap to 8-7 before Lipscomb eventually prevailed by a 10-7 count . . . LSU launched five homers in the final two games of the Lipscomb series DH Ryan Schimpf and third baseman J.T. Wise belted their first homers of the year on Saturday, and second baseman Chris Jackson and shortstop Michael Hollander unloaded their first homers of the season on Sunday . . . catcher Sean Ochinko’s dinger on Saturday was his second of the year.

 

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