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 work.

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 6-1.

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 score 2-1.

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 4,475.

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.



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