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Baseball Takes Series Over Alabama, 7-3
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Published: April 01, 2007, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:24 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Steven Waguespack’s two-out, bases-loaded double Sunday gave LSU a 3-0 first-inning lead, and the Tigers went on to defeat No. 25 Alabama, 7-3, in Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

LSU (17-12-1, 3-5-1 SEC) won its first Southeastern Conference series of the season. Alabama fell to 18-12 overall and 4-5 in league play.

LSU’s four-game road swing concludes at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers face Tulane at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.

“I thought it was another great effort by our players today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We came through with some clutch base hits, and we ran the bases effectively. As it was the entire weekend, our pitching today was outstanding. I’m really proud of the way our pitchers have progressed in recent weeks, and today we generated some offense to support them.”

LSU grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Waguespack ripped a double into right-center field with the bases loaded against Alabama starter Brandon Belcher.

The Crimson Tide narrowed the gap to 3-1 in the fourth on catcher Ryan Rhoden’s RBI groundout.

LSU increased its advantage to 4-1 in the fifth as centerfielder Jared Mitchell singled, stole second base and scored on second baseman Chris McGhee’s single.

Alabama answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth against LSU starter Ryan Byrd as second baseman Jeff Texada and designated hitter Alex Avila delivered RBI singles.

The Tigers stretched the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. Leftfielder Steven Broschofsky tripled and scored on Mitchell’s double to give LSU a 5-3 advantage. Mitchell later scored from third base on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze as McGhee bunted him home.

LSU added a run in the ninth as McGhee walked, stole second base and scored on shortstop Michael Hollander’s single.

McGhee was a spark for the Tigers throughout the game, as he stole three bases, drove in two runs and scored a run.

Mitchell contributed two steals, while scoring two runs and driving in one.

Byrd (4-0) earned his second victory of the week as he limited the Crimson Tide to three runs two earned on six hits in 5.1 innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

Byrd also defeated New Orleans in a seven-inning outing on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.

Reliever Jared Bradford picked up his second save of the weekend as he blanked Alabama over the final three innings. Bradford allowed just two hits with no walks and one strikeout as he registered his fourth save of the season.

Belcher (1-1) was charged with the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits in two innings with one walk and one strikeout.

LSU 7, Alabama 3 (Apr 01, 2007 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
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LSU................. 300 010 201  -  7 10  3      (17-12-1, 3-5-1 SEC)
Alabama............. 000 120 000  -  3  9  0      (18-12, 4-5 SEC)
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Pitchers: LSU - Ryan Byrd; Paul Bertuccini(6); Jared Bradford(7). Alabama - Brandon Belcher;
Austin Hyatt(3); Will Stroup(5); Josh Copeland(7); Brian Griggs(9).
Win-Ryan Byrd(4-0)  Save-Jared Bradford(4)  Loss-Brandon Belcher(1-1)  T-3:16  A-4827

LSU Baseball Report April 2, 2007
Overall Record:
  17-12-1       
SEC:  3-5-1

Last Week:  3-1
March 27 NEW ORLEANS (W, 6-3)
March 30 at # 25 Alabama (W, 5-4) 
March 31 at # 25 Alabama (L, 2-5)
April 1 at # 25 Alabama (W, 7-3)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won its first SEC series of the season as the Tigers captured two of three games at No. 25 Alabama last weekend . . . the series victory also marked the first for LSU first-year head coach Paul Mainieri . . . the Tigers won Game 1 of the Alabama series in dramatic fashion, as shortstop Michael Hollander launched a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift LSU to a 5-4 victory . . . Hollander’s homer came on a 1-2 count against Alabama ace reliever Tommy Hunter . . . Hollander led LSU with a .364 (4-for-11) batting average in the series, as he collected four RBI and scored three runs . . . for the entire week including Tuesday’s win over New Orleans Hollander hit .429 (6-for-14) with two homers, six RBI and four runs scored . . . LSU reliever Jared Bradford, a junior right-hander, pitched in all three games of the Alabama series and earned two saves . . . in a combined five innings of work, Bradford allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts . . . in the Tigers’ Game 1 victory, Bradford pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out the final Alabama batter with the tying run at third base and the winning run at second . . . Bradford worked three scoreless innings in Game 3, allowing just two hits with one strikeout to preserve a 7-3 victory . . . sophomore left-hander Ryan Byrd earned two victories last week as a starter versus New Orleans (March 27) and at Alabama (April 1) . . . Byrd defeated UNO by working a career-high seven innings and limiting the Privateers to one earned run on three hits with one walk and a career-best eight strikeouts . . . after throwing 103 pitches in the UNO victory on Tuesday, Byrd came back to start Sunday’s game at Alabama . . . Byrd defeated the Crimson Tide by working 5.1 innings (84 pitches), limiting Alabama to two earned runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts . . . in a combined 12.1 innings, Byrd allowed just three earned runs on nine hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Nominee for Pitcher of the Week

Ryan Byrd, LHP, So., Denham Springs, La.
Sophomore left-hander Ryan Byrd earned two victories last week as a starter versus New Orleans (March 27) and at Alabama (April 1) . . . Byrd defeated UNO by working a career-high seven innings and limiting the Privateers to one earned run on three hits with one walk and a career-best eight strikeouts . . . after throwing 103 pitches in the UNO victory on Tuesday, Byrd came back to start Sunday’s game at Alabama . . . Byrd defeated the Crimson Tide by working 5.1 innings (84 pitches), limiting Alabama to two earned runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts . . . in a combined 12.1 innings, Byrd allowed just three earned runs on nine hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Nominee for Player of the Week

Michael Hollander, SS, Jr., Mandeville, La.
Shortstop Michael Hollander launched a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift LSU to a 5-4 victory on Friday at Alabama . . . Hollander’s homer came on a 1-2 count against Alabama ace reliever Tommy Hunter . . . Hollander led LSU with a .364 (4-for-11) batting average in the series, as he collected four RBI and scored three runs . . . for the entire week including Tuesday’s win over New Orleans Hollander hit .429 (6-for-14) with two homers, six RBI and four runs scored.

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