LSU Tops Arkansas In Battle Of Pitchers 3-0
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, LA. – LSU’s Lane Mestepey and Arkansas’ Charlie Isaacson matched each other pitch for pitch through eight innings Friday night, but it was the Tigers who came away with the victory 3-0 over the Razorbacks in game one of a three game series at Alex Box Stadium.
Mestepey went nine innings giving up just four hits and striking out six in earning the win for the Tigers. Mestepey improved to 9-2 on the year. Mestepey threw 115 pitches on the night, retiring 12 straight at one point and 14 of the first 18 batters he faced.
Isaacson threw seven and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in the loss. Isaacson threw 102 pitches and set down 17 of the first 20 batters in the game, including 10 straight. Isaacson fell to 2-6 with the loss.
Arkansas dropped to 23-16 overall and 7-9 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU improved to 28-15 and 10-8 in the SEC.
Aaron Hill gave LSU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when he took a 3-0 pitch from Isaacson over the left field wall for his sixth home run of the season.
LSU made it a 2-0 game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Wally Pontiff singled to right to open the inning. Mike Heath was intentionally walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Blake Gill then singled to left. Pontiff was sent home on the play, but a solid throw by left fielder Cliff Crouse nailed Pontiff at the plate.
Heath broke for third on the play, but catcher Cody Clark’s throw sailed over the bag and into left allowing Heath to score and give the Tigers a two run advantage.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Hill’s two-out double to right that scored J.C. Holt who singled to begin the inning.
Following Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Wichita State, Arkansas has now lost consecutive games for the first time since March 15th and 16th when the Hogs lost the Friday and Saturday games against the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens.
The loss also marked the second shutout of the season for Arkansas and the first time the Razorbacks have been shutout by an SEC opponent since a 14-0 loss at Tennessee on March 12, 2001.
Arkansas and LSU continue their series with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at Alex Box Stadium. The Arkansas Baseball Radio Network goes on the air at 3:40 p.m. with Chuck Barrett calling the action.
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