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No. 1 Baseball Dominates Tennessee, 18-3; First in West

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NOTE: Due to SEC rules, LSU is not allowed to stream live video of Saturday's game in the Geaux Zone as the game falls within the SEC-TV window.

BATON ROUGE --  Left fielder Jared Mitchell homered and tied a career-high with five RBI and second baseman Ryan Schimpf also homered as No.1 LSU defeated Tennessee 18-3 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers (28-10, 11-5) exploded for 17 hits, led by a 4-for-4 performance by Blake Dean. Mitchell went 2-for-3 with a homer and a triple. His five RBI tied his career-high he set earlier this year against Central Florida. With the loss, Tennessee dropped to 17-22 overall and 3-13 in the SEC.

LSU was led by another strong outing by starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo (4-2). The sophomore right-hander threw seven innings allowing three runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out seven.

The win moved LSU into first place in the SEC Western Division, one-half game ahead of Arkansas (10-5), which dropped a 4-3 decision to Georgia Friday night.

“I was very pleased with the focus and intensity we played with tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I really like the aggressiveness we showed at the plate. We didn’t give away any at-bats throughout the game.

“It still just counts as one win, though. If you win by 15, or if you win by one, it all counts the same. We have to come out (Saturday) ready to face a new challenge.”

The Tigers got out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Schimpf blasted his 10th homer of the season, a solo shot to left center field.

Schimpf’s blast was followed by back-to-back singles by Blake Dean and Sean Ochinko and then Micah Gibbs was hit by a pitch. Shortstop DJ LeMahieu then laced a double down the third base line to score Dean and Ochinko and put the Tigers up 3-0.

The scoring continued for the Tigers in the second when Mitchell knocked a two-run dinger to left center and put the Tigers up 5-0.

The Tigers exploded for a five-run third inning beginning when LeMahieu walked and scored on a double by center fielder Leon Landry to make the score 6-0.  LSU loaded the bases after Mikie Mahtook walked and Tyler Hanover reached on an infield error, advancing Landry to third.

The next batter, Jared Mitchell laced a base-clearing triple to right in front of a diving P.J. Polk, putting LSU up 9-0. Mitchell scored when Schimpf bounced a single over the head of third baseman Tyler Horne, making the score 10-0 in favor of the Tigers.

The Vols got on the board in the fourth when catcher Blake Forsythe walked and scored on a double by Polk to make the score 10-1. The next batter, Horne, blasted a two-run homer to left cutting the LSU lead to 10-3.

LSU took an 11-3 lead in the fifth when Dean laced a two-out double to left and scored on a single up the middle by Ochinko.

The LSU bats stayed hot in the sixth when Hanover laced a single to left to score Landry and Mahtook and put the Tigers up 13-3. Hanover later scored when Dean hit a bases-loaded single to right, making the score 14-3.

The bases remained loaded for Ochinko, who laced a ground ball under the glove of Polk at third. The play was ruled an error by Polk, but Mitchell and Schimpf scored and Ochinko was credited with one RBI. The Tigers led at that point 16-3.

LSU made the score 17-3 in the eighth when Derek Helenihi singled and scored on an infield groundout by Grant Dozar. After Chris McGhee doubled, he scored on an RBI groundout by Sean Ochinko to cap the scoring 18-3.

The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. LSU will send senior right-hander Louis Coleman (8-1, 2.38 ERA) to the mound. Tennessee will counter with junior left-hander Nick Hernandez (2-4, 5.29 ERA).

NOTE: Due to SEC rules, LSU is not allowed to stream live video of Saturday's game in the Geaux Zone as the game falls within the SEC-TV window.

LSU 18, Tennessee 3 (Apr 17, 2009 at Baton Rouge, La.)

Tennessee........... 000 300 000  -  3  6  2      (17-22, 3-13 SEC)
LSU................. 325 015 02X  - 18 17  0      (28-10, 11-5 SEC)

Pitchers: Tennessee - Aaron Tullo; Steven Gruver(3); Ryne Simpson(6); Adam Adkins(6); Jeff Lockwood(7).
LSU - Anthony Ranaudo; Nolan Cain(8); Jordan Nicholson(9).
Win-Anthony Ranaudo(4-2)  Loss-Aaron Tullo(2-5)  T-2:54  A-10140
HR UT - Tyler Horne (6).
HR LSU - Jared Mitchell (7); Ryan Schimpf (10).
Actual Attendance: 7,155
Tullo faced 5 batters in the 3rd.
Simpson faced 2 batters in the 6th.




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