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March 29, 2014

Rewind: Florida 2-6, LSU 1-2

LSU's lack of offensive production continued Saturday as it scored just three runs in being swept in a doubleheader by Florida 2-1 and 6-2 at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville.

GAME 1

HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - With two out, Kade Scivicque hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 1, FLORIDA 0

Florida third inning - With two out, Casey Turgeon hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 1, FLORIDA 1

Florida ninth inning - With two out, Justin Shafer hit a home run over the leftfield fence. FLORIDA 2, LSU 1


LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Second inning - With two out, Christian Ibarra and Kramer Robertson singled. Chris Chinea grounded out to the third baseman.

Third inning - With two out, Scivicque singled and Sean McMullen reached on a fielder's choice ground ball to the shortstop. Scivicque was picked off second by catcher Taylor Gushue.

Fourth inning - Connor Hale singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Stevenson. Hale moved to third on Ibarra's ground out to the second baseman. Robertson flied out to the rightfielder.

Seventh inning - Ibarra singled and was forced at second base on Robertson's ground ball to the shortstop. Chinea was hit by a pitch. Alex Bregman hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

Eighth inning - With one out, Scivicque and McMullen walked. Hale hit into a 1-4-3 double play.


TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Scivicque was responsible for LSU's lone run with a two-out solo homer in the first inning. The home run was the third of the season for Scivicque, who is the only Tigers player with more than one round-tripper. Scivcique singled in the third and drew a walk in the eighth. He was the only LSU batter to reach base three times.


STARTING PITCHER
Aaron Nola lost its first game of the season because he allowed two two-out solo homers - one by Turgeon in the third and the other by Shafer in the ninth. The loss was the first for Nola, whose last defeat came by the same 2-1 score against UCLA in the College World Series last season. Nola, who threw LSU's first complete game of the year, gave up six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. There were three innings in which Florida put a runner in scoring position, but didn't score. In the first, Nola got Gushue to ground out to the third baseman Ibarra with a runner at second and two out. In the fourth, John Sternagel flied out to rightfielder Mark Laird with runners at first and second and two out. Richie Martin led off the Gators sixth with a double. Martin was thrown out at third base as he tried to advance on a ground ball hit to Bregman in the hole at shortstop.


GAME 2

HOW THEY SCORED
Florida fifth inning - Gushue walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Braden Mattson. Shafer was intentionally walked. A single by Sternagel loaded the bases. Gushue scored when the second baseman Robertson misplayed Peter Alonso's ground ball. Shafer also scored on the play when Robertson made a throwing error. Sternagel scored on a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder Stevenson by Ryan Larson. FLORIDA 3, LSU 0

Florida sixth inning - Martin walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Jared Poche. Martin went to third on a bunt single by Harrison Bader. Gushue hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. FLORIDA 6, LSU 0

LSU eighth inning - Hale singled and went to third on a double by Tyler Moore. Hale scored on Ibarra's ground out to the shortstop. Moore, who advanced to third on Ibarra's out, scored on Robertson's ground out to the shortstop. FLORIDA 6, LSU 2


LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - With one out, Robertson walked and stole second. Stevenson popped out to the third baseman. Bregman grounded out to the second baseman.

Ninth inning - With one out, Scivicque singled. Scivicque was forced at second on McMullen's ground ball to the second baseman. McMullen moved to second on an infield single by Hale. Pinch-hitter Jared Foster struck out.


TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Hale had two of LSU's six hits and scored the first run. Hale had a leadoff single and scored in the eighth and kept the game alive with a two-out single in the ninth. He was the lone Tigers player with more than one hit.


STARTING PITCHER
Poche got off to a good start by retiring the first nine batters he faced. Turgeon had a leadoff single in the fourth, but a double play was ruled when Bader struck out and interfered with the catcher Moore as he tried to throw out Turgeron, who was attempting to steal second. A four-pitch walk got Poche in trouble to start the fifth. After a bunt, Poche issued an intentional walk and gave up a single to load the bases. Poche was going to get out of the inning as he got Alonso to hit a potential double-play ground ball to Robertson. However, Robertson was charged with two errors on the play and two runs scored. A third run then scored on a sacrifice fly. Poche didn't get an out in the sixth as another leadoff walk and a single preceded a homer by Gushue. Poche, who lost his second game - both on the road, gave up six runs and four hits with three walks and one strikeout. Four of the six runs were unearned.


BULLPEN
Three relievers each threw a scoreless inning. Brady Domangue took over Poche after Gushue's homer and got into a jam. Florida loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Alonso. Domangue ended the inning by getting Turgeon to ground out to the first baseman Hale. Both Kurt McCune and Hunter Devall threw perfect innings with one strikeout each.


NOTES
Coach Paul Mainieri put Bregman in the leadoff spot in the lineup for both games of the doubleheader. Bregman went 0-for-8 with one strikeout. He has four hits in his last 37 official at-bats. Laird, who batted second, went 1-for-8 in the twinbill. McMullen, who was the cleanup hitter was 0-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts. . .Hale and Scivicque were the only LSU players with more than two hits in the doubleheader. Hale, who played first base in both games, was 4-for-8. Scivicque, the designated hitter in both games was 3-for-7. He had the only run-scoring hit in 18 innings - a first-inning homer in game one. . .Chinea caught the first game and Moore caught the second game. . .Both Stevenson and Robertson were 1-for-6 in the doubleheader. . .LSU stranded six runners in the first game, four in scoring position. The Tigers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the first game. LSU stranded four runners in the second game, two in scoring position. The Tigers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the second game. So, LSU was 0-for-10 on the day with runners in scoring position. . .The Tigers put the leadoff hitter on base in just three of 18 innings in the doubleheader. . .In only three innings did LSU have more than one hit. . .Eric Hanhold, who had thrown only 23 innings all year, was the first-game starter. He allowed one run and seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Relievers Danny Young and Aaron Rhodes retired five of the six batters they faced. . .Freshman Logan Shore yielded two runs and six hits with one walk and five strikeouts before being lifted with two out in the ninth. Bobby Poyner got a one-out save by striking out Foster with the tying run on deck. . .No Florida player had more than two hits in the twinbill. . .LSU outhit the Gators in both games - 7-6 in the first game and 6-5 in the second game. . .Florida had hit six homers all year prior to Saturday. The Gators hit three home runs in the doubleheader. . .The Tigers have lost three games in a row for the first time since getting swept at Vanderbilt in 2011. . .LSU has lost two of its first three Southeastern Conference series for the first time since 2011. . .The Tigers have been swept in a SEC doubleheader twice this season - the other time coming at Vanderbilt. It has been 23 years since LSU lost both ends of a SEC twinbill twice in one year. The Tigers lost doubleheaders at Kentucky and Tennessee in back-to-back series in 1991. . .LSU has scored 21 runs in its first eight SEC games with its highest total being four. The Tigers have not scored more than two runs in their last five games - against Georgia, Tulane and Florida. . .LSU is 20-7-1 overall, 3-4-1 in the SEC. The Tigers are tied with Georgia for tenth place in the overall league standings. Florida is 18-9 overall, 5-3 in the SEC. The Gators are tied with Alabama, Mississippi State and South Carolina for first place in the overall conference standings. . .The paid attendance for the first game was 2,998. The paid attendance for the second game was 2,860.


FROM THE CLUBHOUSE

Paul Mainieri
"It was a tough day, but I don't think there was that much separating the two teams (Saturday). We actually outhit them in both games, but we didn't take advantage of the chances we had to score. The difference between winning and losing games in the SEC can be very small. Aaron Nola pitched brilliantly. It's a shame we couldn't score enough runs for him. We couldn't have asked for anything more than what he gave us on the mound. We just have to keep battling and plugging away and realize that (Sunday) gives us a new opportunity. We'll work as hard as we can to get a win (Sunday) and look forward to having our next two SEC series at home."


NEXT UP
LSU will play Florida in the series finale at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville on Sunday at noon. Zac Person (1-0) will be the Tigers' starting pitcher.


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