No. 8 LSU Pounds Arkansas 11-3
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The eighth-ranked LSU Tigers pounded out 11 runs on 15 hits and took advantage of five Arkansas errors to come away with an 11-3 victory over the Razorbacks Friday night in the series opener.
Arkansas dropped to 33-17 overall and 13-15 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU improved to 36-17-1 overall and 19-8-1 in the SEC. The win also clinched the SEC regular season title for the Tigers.
Jarrett Gardner (4-4) took the loss for Arkansas. Gardner lasted seven innings and gave up seven runs, one earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Nate Bumstead (9-2) earned the victory after throwing eight innings and giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits with seven strikeouts.
The Razorbacks have had 22 hits in their last four games with 19 of those singles. The Hogs have two home runs and one double in that span.
Arkansas scratched out a run in the second inning when Clay Goodwin reached on an error by the second baseman and moved to second on a ground out by Brady Toops. Ryan Fox walked and Goodwin moved to third on a wild pitch. Fox then stole second to put runners at second and third with one out.
Scott Bridges singled to left to score Goodwin, but Fox was thrown out at third when he was caught off the bag on the relay from the left fielder.
LSU quickly took the lead as the Tigers took advantage of an Arkansas error to score a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Matt Liuzza was hit by a pitch and moved to third when J.C. Holt’s ground ball to second was thrown away by Scott Bridges. Holt moved to third on the play.
Aaron Hill then singled to left to score Liuzza and tie the game. Blake Gill hit into a fielder’s choice to score Holt to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
LSU made it a 3-1 game in the fourth when Jon Zeringue doubled home Ryan Patterson who singled and stole second. Bruce Spowl gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead with a ground out down the first base line to score Zeringue from third.
The Razorbacks cut in to the LSU lead in the bottom of the sixth when Toops singled through the right side of the infield to plate Wishy (double) and cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Tigers increased their lead in the seventh when Gill drove in a pair of runs with a bases loaded single up the middle. The two-run hit gave LSU a 6-2 lead. Ivan Naccarata pushed the lead to 7-2 with a two-out single to center to score Holt from second.
LSU continued to pad its lead when Holt doubled home Liuzza in the eighth inning to give the Tigers an 8-2 lead. The Tigers added three more runs in the top of the ninth for an 11-2 lead before Fox hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth for the final 11-3 margin. The home run was the 19th of the year for Fox.
Arkansas and LSU continue the series with a 6:30 p.m. game Saturday at Baum Stadium.
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