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May 4, 2013
Rewind: LSU 18, Florida 6
LSU collected 19 hits, including a JaCoby Jones grand slam home run, as it completed a three-game sweep of Florida with an 18-6 victory Saturday afternoon at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
Florida first inning - With one out, Casey Turgeon singled. Turgeon scored on a triple by Taylor Gushue. Justin Shafer's sacrifice fly to centerfield drove in Gushue. FLORIDA 2, LSU 0
LSU second inning - Mason Katz and Raph Rhymes singled. Christian Ibarra was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After Ty Ross forced Katz at the plate with a ground ball to the pitcher, Jones doubled home Rhymes and Ibarra. Ross scored on Andrew Stevenson's ground out to second base. LSU 3, FLORIDA 2
LSU fifth inning - Sean McMullen doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch by Eric Hanhold after Mark Laird struck out. McMullen scored on a double by Alex Bregman. After Bregman stole third base, Katz walked. After Katz stole second base, Rhymes was intentionally walked. Ibarra doubled home Bregman and Katz. Rhymes also scored when leftfielder Harrison Bader bobbled Ibarra's hit. LSU 7, FLORIDA 2
LSU sixth inning - Singles by Andrew Stevenson and McMullen and a walk to Laird loaded the bases. Bregman doubled home Stevenson and McMullen. Laird scored on Katz' ground out to shortstop. Rhymes singled home Bregman. Singles by Ibarra and Ross loaded the bases. Jones hit a grand slam home run off the scoreboard in leftfield. LSU 15, FLORIDA 2
LSU seventh inning - With one out, Bregman was hit by a pitch, Alex Edward singled and Chris Sciambra walked. After Michael Barash struck out, Chris Chinea doubled home Bregman, Edward and Sciambra. LSU 18, FLORIDA 2
Florida ninth inning - With one out, singles by Connor Mitchell, Brady Roberson and Christian Dicks loaded the bases. Richie martin singled in Mitchell. Casey Turgeon singled home Roberson. Kevin Stypulkowski brought home Dicks with a single. Martin scored when Cory Reid forced Turgeon at third base. LSU 18, FLORIDA 6
LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Third inning - Laird walked. After Bregman flied out to rightfield, Katz singled. Rhymes hit into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Eighth inning - Stevenson reached on an error by first baseman Mike Fahrman. After both Tyler Moore and Laird hit into force plays, Bregman singled. Casey Yocom struck out to end the inning.
LSU HITTING STARS
Jones had two hits - a two-run double in the second and a grand slam home run in the sixth. The six RBIs were a career high for Jones. The home run by Jones was his fifth of the season. He hit four homers in each of the past two years. McMullen, Bregman and Ibarra each had three hits. Bregman drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. One of Ibarra's hits was a two-run double.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Ryan Eades was the beneficiary of the LSU offensive outburst as he won his eighth game of the year. Eades allowed two runs - both in the first inning - and three hits in six innings. He walked three, which matched his season-high, and struck out six. Eades gave up just one hit after the first inning - a sixth-inning single by Gushue. After the first, Florida had one serious threat when Eades walked two batters in the third. He got Zack Powers to fly out to centerfield to end the inning.
Five relievers divided up the final three innings. Only Will LaMarche threw a scoreless inning - the seventh. Kurt McCune and Kevin Berry handled the eighth. In the ninth, Brent Bonvillain allowed three singles and three runs while recording just one out. Nick Rumbelow, who got the final two outs, was charged with one run on three hits. The five relief pitchers gave up four runs and eight hits in their three innings.
LSU swept Florida in a three-game series for the first time in 2001. . .The 18 runs were the most LSU had scored in a Southeastern Conference game in four years. The Tigers defeated Tennessee 18-3 in 2009. . .The 18 runs were the most LSU had scored against Florida in 22 seasons. The Tigers beat the Gators 19-8 in the 1991 College World Series. . .The 12-run margin of victory was LSU's largest in a SEC game in two years. The Tigers defeated Mississippi State 17-1 in 2011. . .The 12-run margin of victory was LSU's largest against Florida in 20 years. The Tigers beat the Gators 16-2 in 1993. . .Coach Paul Mainieri once again made a lineup change. Stevenson started in centerfield instead of Laird. With a lefthanded pitcher starting for Florida for the second straight game, Jared Foster was back in the lineup in rightfield. Foster batted in the second spot in the lineup. When Florida changed pitchers, Laird came in as a pinch-hitter in the third inning against a righthander. . .Foster, who hit into a double play in his lone at-bat, had his hitting streak end at six games. . .Jones extended his hitting streak to seven games with his two-run double in the second. Jones is batting .500 (13-for-26) in those seven games. . .Bregman now has a four-game hitting streak following his RBI double in the fifth. He is 7-for-16 in that stretch. . .McMullen's three hits equaled his season-high. He had three hits against Southern on April 10. McMullen had just three hits in 14 at-bats coming into Saturday's game. . .The Tigers had six doubles - two by Bregman and one each by McMullen, Ibarra, Chris Chinea and Jones. . .Chinea came off the bench to pick up a three-run double. . .The Tigers were 8-for-19 with runners in scoring position. . .Gators starting pitcher Danny Young allowed three runs and four hits in two innings. . .Five of Florida's six relief pitchers gave up at least one run. . .Turgeon had three of the Gators' 11 hits. . .Florida was swept in a three-game SEC series for the first time in four years. The Gators lost three games to Arkansas in 2009. . .LSU is 43-6 overall, 19-5 in the SEC. The Tigers remain 2½ games behind Vanderbilt in the overall conference standings. The Commodores beat South Carolina 5-2 on Saturday. LSU leads Arkansas by 2½ games in the SEC West. The Razorbacks swept a doubleheader from Kentucky on Saturday. . .Florida is 25-23 overall, 12-12 in the SEC. . .The actual crowd was 7,733. The actual attendance for the series was 19,717.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Paul Mainieri:
"When we came to the ball park this morning, it was a little chilly. But, you could sense that it was going to warm up. The conditions were going to be more conducive for hitting. You could see our players were on a mission today. They had fire in their eyes. I never really doubted that we were going to get after these guys even when we got behind in the first inning. Everybody really contributed. It is not much better than to get 19 hits and play errorless ball. This was a great way to bounce back after last weekend. These were three tremendous victories for us."
(on Ryan Eades' outing): "I was glad Ryan settled in after the first inning. He gets in jams, but he pitches in the clutch. He wanted to stay in the game, but I had some relievers who needed to get some work since we have no midweek game this week because of exams."
(on team's status with two weeks remaining in the regular season): "We've had a tremendous year. 43-6 is something remarkable. You are going to have setbacks, but these guys don't get down on themselves. I thought we were more confident this week starting with the McNeese game Tuesday. We have had some tough time getting clutch hits, especially with the bases loaded. You have to relax and get yourself in the zone. The guys started to believe in themselves again. I am as guilty as anybody when it comes to scoreboard watching. We can't do anything about what Arkansas and Vanderbilt are doing. We don't play Vanderbilt, so we have to get help. Our destiny is in our hands as regards the SEC West. If we do the job in the last two weeks, I am pretty sure we will be a national seed."
"We haven't played our best the past few weeks, but we have still been winning games. That shows how good we are. This weekend was big for us. We had done some good things now and then recently. Today was one of those days. The hits started to fall for us and we kept stepping up with big hits."
"JaCoby hit the furthest ball I've seen today. Hitting is contagious. When you have runners in scoring position, you have to keep driving in runs. We needed today's game as an offense. We had hit a lull the last two weeks. We should be back in the swing of things now."
"I have a lot of confidence with myself right now. I feel good with my swing. I am getting some hits and I'm getting some luck. That's what happens. Luck is part of the game. I remember all those line drives which were caught early in the year."
"I think it's good that Vanderbilt and Arkansas keep winning to keep the pressure on us. That shows how good the SEC is. Every weekend is important. We have to keep winning and that's our main objective."
LSU will play Texas A&M at Blue Bell Park in College Station on Thursday at 8 p.m. The Aggies are in sixth place in the SEC West standings. Mainieri is undecided on his starting pitcher. There si no midweek game this week due to semester exams.