LSU Salvages Series Finale with 9-2 Win Over Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - LSU pounded out 17 hits and hit
two home runs in a 9-2 win over Vanderbilt, helping
the Tigers salvage the series finale, Sunday, April
20, at Hawkins Field.
The win lifts LSU's record to 26-13-1 overall and 12-5-1
in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt drops to
19-19 overall and 8-10 in league play. With the loss,
the Commodores slip into a tied for third place in the
SEC Eastern Division standings with Tennessee. Division-leading
South Carolina lost to Mississippi State 2-1. The Gamecocks
are a half game ahead of Florida, who topped Georgia
8-4. South Carolina is a game up on Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
The Volunteers edged Kentucky 9-8.
Four Tigers tallied three hits against the Commodores,
including Aaron Hill (3-for-5), Clay Harris (3-for-4),
Blake Gill (3-for-4) and Jon Zeringue (3-for-5). Gill
led LSU with three RBI while Harris knocked in two runs
on his ninth long ball of the year, a ninth-inning home
run to left center.
LSU starter Nate Bumstead (6-1) earned the win. He
allowed 10 hits, but gave up only two runs (both earned)
without a walk and seven strikeouts.
Vanderbilt starter Ryan Mullins (2-6) was roughed up
for 13 hits, six runs (all earned) in 6.2 innings of
The Commodores were led by Ryan Klosterman's career-best
4-for-5 afternoon at the plate. Cesar Nicolas went 2-for-4
with a pair of RBI.
Gill put LSU in front 2-0 in the top of the first with
a two-run single to right field.
The Tiger lead grew to 5-1 in the fourth. Zeringue
stole home as part of a double steal with teammate Quinn
Stewart, who swiped second base to give LSU a 3-1 lead.
Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin was ejected from the
game after arguing the call at second base. Two batters
later, Matt Liuzza hit his fourth home run of the year,
a two-run blast to left center field that scored Stewart
to make the score 5-1.
Gill worked a bases-loaded walk off Commodore reliever
Blake Owen in the seventh to extend the LSU lead to
After Harris' two-run home run in the ninth off VU
reliever John Scott, Gill doubled and scored on a fielding
error by Ryan Klosterman to give LSU a 9-2 cushion.
Vanderbilt cut a 2-0 LSU lead in half in the bottom
of the first. Nicolas hit a run scoring single off the
left field wall that brought in Klosterman to make the
The Commodores had their best opportunity to get back
in the game in the eighth, trailing 6-1. Vanderbilt
strung together three consecutive hits to chase Bumstead
from the game. The third hit, a RBI single to left field
by Nicolas, brought in Klosterman to cut the deficit
to 6-2 with no outs.
However, Tiger reliever Billy Sadler caused Vanderbilt's
Warner Jones fly out right field. John Kaye followed
with a grounded out to third base. And Tony Mansolino
struck out to end the threat.
Sunday's crowd of 1,357 helped Vanderbilt set a new
Hawkins Field three-game series attendance record of
The Commodores return to action Tuesday at home against
Austin Peay. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Nationally
ranked Auburn visits Hawkins Field next weekend. The
three-game SEC series begins Friday at 7 p.m., continues
Saturday at 4 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday's
contest will be televised live by Comcast Sports Southeast.