LSU's bullpen failed to live up to its previous performances as Florida completed a three-game series sweep with and 11-7 victory Sunday at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - With one out, Mark Laird singled. Laird was forced at second on Alex Bregman's ground ball to the third baseman. Bregman stole second and scored on a single by Kade Scivicque. LSU 1, FLORIDA 0
Florida first inning - With two out, Harrison Bader hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 1, FLORIDA 1
LSU second inning - Tyler Moore singled and advanced to third on a double by Connor Hale. Moore and Hale scored on a double by Jake Fraley. LSU 3, FLORIDA 1
Florida second inning - Braden Mattson singled and went to third on a double by Justin Shafer. Mattson scored on a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder Fraley by John Sternagel. LSU 3, FLORIDA 2
LSU third inning - Sean McMullen hit a leadoff homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 4, FLORIDA 2
Florida third inning - Casey Turgeon walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Richie Martin. After Turgeon stole third base, Bader struck out. Turgeon scored on an infield single by Taylor Gushue. Mattson and Shafer walked to load the bases. Gushue scored on a walk to Sternagel. Mattson and Shafer scored on a single by Peter Alonso. FLORIDA 6, LSU 4
Florida fifth inning - Mattson and Shafer walked and went to third and second, respectively, on a sacrifice bunt by Sternagel. After an intentional walk to Alonso, Mattson and Shafer scored on a pinch-hit single by Mike Fahrman. Turgeon popped out to third baseman Christian Ibarra. Alonso and pinch-runner Buddy Reed scored on a double by Martin. FLORIDA 10, LSU 4
Florida eighth inning - With two out, Gushue and Mattson singled. A walk to pinch-hitter A.J. Puk loaded the bases. Gushue scored on an infield single by Sternagel. FLORIDA 11, LSU 4
LSU ninth inning - Pinch-hitter Kramer Robertson reached on an error by the shortstop Martin. Robertson moved to second on Hale's infield single. Hale was forced at second on Fraley's ground ball to the second baseman. Robertson, who advanced to third on Fraley's force out, scored on a sacrifice fly by Ibarra. Chris Sciambra hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence. FLORIDA 11, LSU 7
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Fourth inning - With two out, Fraley singled and stole second base. Ibarra walked. Andrew Stevenson forced Ibarra on a ground ball to the second baseman.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Getting an opportunity to start in leftfield, Fraley had two hits and drove in two runs. Fraley broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the second inning. Fraley also scored a run. He singled and stole a base in the fourth. Fraley, who had not played in the first two games of the series, is now 10-for-23 for the season. Five of his ten hits have gone for extra bases - three doubles, one triple and one home run.
Making his first start of the season after 12 relief appearances, Zac Person was ineffective. He was given runs in the top half of each of the first three innings. However, Person allowed runs each time when Florida came to bat. Person gave up five runs and four hits in 2.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Prior to Sunday, Person had yielded no runs and nine hits with four walks and 16 strikeouts. Person gave up a solo homer to Bader in the first. He minimized the damage by allowing just one run after yielding a single and a double to start the second. However, Person was not as fortunate in the third. With a runner at third and two out, Person gave up a RBI, infield hit by Gushue. After walking Mattson, Person was lifted from the game. Person was charged with his first loss of the season.
Four of LSU's five relievers gave up runs. Only Alden Cartwright, who pitched to one hitter, didn't allow a base-runner. Nate Fury and Henri Faucheux were charged with four runs while yielding only one hit. Fury, who didn't retire a batter, issued two walks. Faucheux walked four batters in 1.2 innings. Both Parker Bugg and Joe Broussard yielded one run in 1.2 innings. The Tigers bullpen walked eight and struck out two. Entering with two runners on base in the third, Fury walked back-to-back hitters to force home the tying run. He then yielded a two-run single by Alonso which put the Gators ahead 6-4. Faucheux ended the third and had no problems in the fourth. But, Faucheux walked the first two hitters in the fifth. Following a sacrifice bunt, Faucheux issued an intentional walked. He was relieved by Parker Bugg. Fahrman, a pinch-hitter, greeted Bugg with a two-run single. One out later, Martin doubled home two runs. Bugg threw a scoreless sixth. Making his first appearance of the series, Broussard retired five straight batters. He then allowed a run on two singles, a walk and an infield hit.
LSU returned to its normal batting order with McMullen batting first and Bregman hitting third. Hale played second base with Robertson going to the bench. Scivicque was the catcher with Moore the first baseman. . .Hale had another two-hit game - his third of the series. Hale was 6-for-12 in the three games. . .Scivicque had a hit in all three games. Scivicque was 4-for-11 in the series. . .McMullen's homer was his second of the season. He hit two home runs all of last year. . .Sciambra's two-run pinch-hit home run in the ninth was the first of his career. . .Bregman went 0-for-4. He was hitless in 12 at-bats in the series. Bregman has four hits in his last 41 at-bats. . .The Tigers' five returning starters - McMullen, Laird, Bregman, Ibarra and Stevenson - were a combined 2-for-16 on Sunday. In the series, those five players were 6-for-52. . .Shafer, the Gators' starting pitcher, gave up four runs and six hits in two-plus inning. He had thrown just six innings all year prior to Sunday. . .Kirby Snead threw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first victory. Snead gave up two hits and walked. . .LSU stranded three runners, one in scoring position. The Tigers were 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position. . .Gusuhe and Mattson each had two hits for Florida. No Gators player had more than three hits in the series. . .LSU pitchers walked 16 batters in the series, while Florida pitchers walked just four. Six of the ten batters walked by LSU pitchers scored. . .The Tigers have lost four games in a row for the first time in three seasons. LSU was swept at Arkansas and lost to Northwestern State in consecutive games in 2011. . .LSU is 20-8-1 overall, 3-5-1 in the SEC. The Tigers are tied with Georgia for 11th place in the conference standings. . .The last time LSU had a worse league record after three weeks was 2011 when it was 3-6. . .Since Paul Mainieri became coach in 2007, Florida has swept the Tigers in three series. The Gators have won five of those eight series against LSU. . .Florida is 19-9, 6-3 in the SEC. The Gators are tied for first place with Alabama, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It was a very tough weekend, but we know we're capable of getting right back into the league race. This is a tough place to win. Though we weren't able to get a win this weekend, I'm confident we'll be better. Our players are confident in their abilities. We're looking forward to being at home over the next two weekends in front of our fans. We're going to compete at a very high level."
LSU will play host to McNeese State at The Box on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Cowboys (16-10) won two of three games from Lamar in Beaumont (Tex.) this weekend. Either Cody Glenn (1-1) or Kyle Bouman (3-1) will be the Tigers' starting pitcher. The LSU-McNeese State game will be broadcast on CST.