LSU Blanks Arkansas 8-0; Hogs Held To Three Hi
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, LA. – Brian Wilson pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout to lead the LSU Tigers to a 8-0 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.
Arkansas dropped to 23-17 overall and 7-10 in the Southeastern Conference, while LSU improved to 29-15 overall and 11-8 in the SEC.
Wilson faced the minimum 27 batters in earning the win to move to 6-3 on the year. Wilson struck out eight and walked four and allowed just three runners to get into scoring position for the game.
Jarrett Gardner took the loss to fall to 1-2 after giving up six runs, all earned, on five hits in three innings of work. Gardner walked one and struck out one.
LSU jumped on the scoreboard first for the second day in a row with a run in the bottom of the first inning. J.C. Holt took Gardner’s first pitch of the game off the wall in centerfield for a triple. Aaron Hill brought Holt in with a sacrifice fly to left for a 1-0 Tiger lead.
The Tigers added to their lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Chris Phillips took a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall with David Raymer (single) aboard for a 3-0 lead. Holt was hit by a pitch then stole second. On the steal, catcher Brady Toops’ throw sailed into center and allowed Holt to move to third. Hill then brought Holt home with a sacrifice fly to center for a 4-0 LSU lead.
LSU plated two more runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Blake Gill tripled to right to score Matt Heath (walk). Raymer then brought Gill home with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Tigers continued to add to their lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Gill doubled and scored on a single to right by Hahn for a 7-0 lead. Hahn then came in to score on a long single to center by Phillips to push the LSU lead to 8-0.
The loss marked the first time the Razorbacks have been shutout in back-to-back games since the 1986 season. Arkansas was blanked by Stanford 2-0 and Oregon State 1-0 in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla.
The game also marked the third shutout of the season for Arkansas, the most since the Hogs were shutout six times in the 1986 campaign.
The three hits for the Hogs were the fewest of the year and the fewest since being held to three on March 25, last season against Florida in Gainesville.
Arkansas and LSU will conclude their three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Arkansas Baseball Radio Network goes on the air at 12:40 p.m.
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