Vanderbilt jumped to a lead in the early innings in both games and went on to sweep a doubleheader from LSU 5-3 and 9-3 on Saturday at Hawkins Field in Nashville.
HOW THEY SCORED
Vanderbilt first inning - Dansby Swanson walked and stole second. Swanson scored on a double by Bryan Reynolds. Zandel Wiel drove home Reynolds with a triple. After Xavier Turner fouled out to catcher Kade Scivicque, Wiel scored on a sacrifice fly to leftfielder Jared Foster by Rhett Wiseman. VANDERBILT 3, LSU 0
LSU seventh inning - With two out, Connor Hale walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Jared Miller. Hale scored on a single by Scivicque. VANDERBILT 3, LSU 1
Vanderbilt seventh inning - With two out, Turner singled and Wiseman doubled. Turner and Wiseman scored on a single by Vince Conde. VANDERBILT 5, LSU 1
LSU eighth inning - Andrew Stevenson and pinch-hitter Jake Fraley singled. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch by Adam Ravenelle. Stevenson scored on Kramer Robertson's ground out to the third baseman. Fraley scored on Sean McMullen's ground out to the first baseman. VANDERBILT 5, LSU 3
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
First inning - McMullen doubled and Mark Laird reached on an error by the third baseman Turner. Alex Bregman grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Hale flied out to the centerfielder.
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LSU collected just four hits in the loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Scivicque had the only run-scoring hit for the Tigers.
Kyle Bouman had a tough first inning in which he threw about 40 pitches and allowed three runs. The first three batters reached base against Bouman, who was not particularly sharp with his control. Vanderbilt got two quick runs on a walk, a double and a triple. Bouman, who was removed after four innings, did strand a runner at second base in both the first and fourth innings. He retired Chris Harvey on a tapper in front of the plate which was fielded by Scivicque to end the first. In the fourth, Stevenson made a two-out diving catch in centerfield on a line drive by John Norwood. Bouman gave up four hits and the three first-inning runs. He walked two and struck out one. Bouman, who suffered his first loss of the season, threw more than 70 pitches in his four innings.
Alden Cartwright, the first LSU reliever, had to leave the game with a shoulder injury after giving up back-to-back singles by Wiseman and Conde in the sixth. In the fifth, Cartwright hit Wiel after two were out. After Wiel stole both second and third, Cartwright retired Turner on a fly ball to Stephenson. Nate Fury escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth by striking out Norwood and by getting Swanson to hit into a force play at second on his ground ball to Bregman at shortstop. Fury gave up a leadoff single to Reynolds in the seventh, but got Wiel to hit into a 1-6-3 double play. After allowing a single by Turner, Fury was relieved by Henri Faucheux. Vanderbilt quickly padded its lead against Faucheux as Wiseman doubled and Conde delivered a two-run single. Faucheux had a 1-2-3 eighth inning. LSU's three relievers were charged with two runs and six hits in four innings.
HOW THEY SCORED
Vanderbilt second inning - Conde doubled and scored on a double by Jason Delay. After pinch-hitter Ro Coleman struck out, Norwood walked. Swanson bunted the runners up to second and third. Delay and Norwood scored on a single by Reynolds. VANDERBILT 3, LSU 0
LSU third inning - Stevenson reached on a two-base error by pitcher Tyler Ferguson. Stevenson advanced to third on Tyler Moore's fly out to the centerfielder and scored on Chris Chinea's ground out to the shortstop. VANDERBILT 3, LSU 1
LSU fourth inning - With two out, Hale singled and Scivicque walked. Christian Ibarra was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hale scored on a walk to Stevenson. VANDERBILT 3, LSU 2
Vanderbilt fourth inning - With one out, Norwood walked and scored on a double by Swanson. VANDERBILT 4, LSU 2
Vanderbilt sixth inning - Coleman walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Norwood. Coleman scored on a double by Swanson. Reynolds drove home Swanson, who stole third base, with a single. After Wiel singled, Reynolds scored on a single by Turner. Wiseman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wiel scored on a walk to Conde. VANDERBILT 8, LSU 2
LSU seventh inning - With two out, McMullen doubled and scored on a single by Laird. VANDERBILT 8, LSU 3
Vanderbilt seventh inning - Norwood doubled and advanced to third on a single by Swanson. Norwood scored when Reynolds hit into a 6-4-3 double play. VANDERBILT 9, LSU 3
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Sixth inning - Hale singled and moved to second on a passed ball by Delay. Scivicque flied out to the centerfielder. Ibarra struck out and Stevenson grounded out to the pitcher.
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McMullen and Hale each had two hits and scored a run in the second game. McMullen was the only LSU player to have a hit in both ends of the doubleheader.
Jared Poche, who had walked two batters in 20 innings prior to Saturday, struggled with his control in his first Southeastern Conference start. Poche walked five batters in 4.1 innings. Two of those walks went to the ninth-hole hitter Norwood, who came around to score both times. Poche allowed a big, two-out, two-run hit by Reynolds in the second. On the plus side, Poche did strand runners in scoring position in three innings. He got Wiseman to ground out to Hale at second base with runners at first and second to end the first. Poche retired Delay on a fly ball to the leftfielder McMullen with two runners on and two out in the third. Then, Poche got Turner to fly out to the centerfielder Stevenson with runners at second and third and two out in the fourth. Poche, who lost his first game after four victories, yielded four runs and five hits. He struck out three batters.
Two of LSU's most experienced pitchers failed to keep the Vanderbilt lead at two runs. Kurt McCune, who retired two batters in the fifth, had no success in the sixth. He faced six hitters with five reaching base on a walk, a double and three singles. McCune was charged with four sixth-inning runs. Cody Glenn was on the mound when Vanderbilt scored its fourth sixth-inning run. He hit a batter to load the bases and walked to next hitter to force home a run. Glenn gave up a run in the seventh on a double, a single and a double play. McCune and Glenn gave up five runs and six hits in 2.2 innings. Zac Person worked a perfect eighth with one strikeout.
Due to the Sunday forecast for rain in Nashville, the teams agreed to play a doubleheader Saturday. The last time LSU played a SEC doubleheader took place on the final weekend of the 2012 season. The Tigers split a doubleheader with South Carolina in Columbia on May 18. . .McMullen, who was used just as a pinch-hitter Friday due to an injury, returned to the starting lineup Saturday. He was the designated hitter in the first game and the leftfielder in the second. McMullen had a team-best three hits in the twinbill. By comparison, Vanderbilt had four players with at least three hits in the doubleheader - Swanson (four), Reynolds (four), Conde (four) and Wiseman (three). . .In the first game, Robertson played second base and Hale played first base. In the second game, Hale started at second base and Moore started at first base. Scivicque caught the first game, while Chinea was the catcher in the second game. . .It was a rough day for many LSU batters. Bregman went 0-for-8 and had his 11-game hitting streak end. Stevenson was 1-for-6 and had his 17-game hitting streak stopped in the nightcap. Ibarra was 0-for-5. Scivicque was 1-for-7. Laird was 1-for-8. . .The Tigers had just nine hits in the doubleheader and 14 hits in the series. . .In the first game, LSU stranded two runners, one in scoring position. The Tigers were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. In the second game, LSU stranded seven runners, three in scoring position. The Tigers were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. . .LSU only had nine runners get past first base in the doubleheader. The Tigers just had few scoring opportunities Saturday. . .In the first game, Miller, Vanderbilt's starter, gave up one run and six hits in 6.2 innings. In one stretch, Miller retired 15 batters in a row. . .Ravenelle gave up two eighth-inning runs before Carson Fulmer threw a perfect ninth to register his sixth save. . .In the second game, Commodores starter Tyler Ferguson was lifted with the bases loaded and two out in the fourth. He allowed two runs. Hayden Stone pitched the rest of the way and gave up one run and four hits with one walk and ten strikeouts to pick up the victory. . .Vanderbilt had 21 hits in the doubleheader. . .The LSU bullpen was tagged for seven runs and 12 hits in 7.2 innings. Neither Tigers starting pitcher could get through five innings. Bouman and Poche allowed seven runs and nine hits. . .LSU has now lost six consecutive series to Vanderbilt. The Tigers' last series victory against the Commodores came in 2005. . .For the fourth time in Paul Mainieri's eight seasons as coach, LSU lost its first SEC series. . .The last time the Tigers were swept in a SEC doubleheader was 2011 at Georgia. . .LSU is 17-4 overall, 1-2 in the SEC. Vanderbilt is 18-3 overall, 2-1 in the SEC. . .The paid attendance for the doubleheader was 3,626.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It was obviously a very tough day for us. But, you have to give credit to Vanderbilt for playing at such a high level. They certainly have the best pitching staff in the country. In fact, there are some major league teams that would like to have Vanderbilt's staff. Their hitters are scrappy and they made great plays on defense throughout the series. They are just a very talented team. It's our job to get the most out of our players and we're going to do that. We need to turn the page and move forward realizing that we still have 27 more SEC games to play."
LSU will play host to South Alabama at The Box on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the second game of the series. The Jaguars (10-8) have split the first two games of their series against Troy this weekend. Mainieri is undecided on the Tigers' starting pitcher. The game will be broadcast on CST.