UW Baseball Falls At No. 8 LSU, 9-4
March 8, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - Held hitless through the first six innings, the Washington baseball team rallied for four runs on five hits in the seventh, but it wasn't enough to overcome No. 8 LSU as the Tigers beat the UW, 9-4, Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.
An official crowd of 10,601 watched as the Tigers improved to 13-1 on the season. Washington fell to 4-9.
Despite knocking three singles in the first, the Tigers didn't score the game's first runs until the third as Tyler Moore led off the inning by slicing a double to left-center. He scored on a single from Mark Laird, who eventually came in to score on a two-out single from Raph Rhymes.
In the fourth, LSU added a run when JaCoby Jones reached on a fielder's choice and then eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Ty Ross.
The Tigers broke the game open in the fifth, scoring three runs. With two outs and runners at first and second, Husky third baseman Andrew Ely made a great stop on a hard grounder from Mason Katz, but his throw to first was mishandled for an error to allow a run to score and keep the inning alive. Christian Ibarra followed by lining a double down the left-field line, plating two more to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Nola, the LSU starter, retired the first 18 Husky hitters in a row before the Dawgs finally broke through in the seventh. Jayce Ray lined a single to left for the first hit and Joe Meggs followed with a groundball single up the middle. After Robert Pehl was hit by a pitch, sophomore Trevor Mitsui singled to left, driving in a pair of runs.
LSU answered with a run in the bottom of the seventh as Alex Bregman doubled and scored on a two-out single from Ibarra. The Tigers added two more in the eighth. Bregman and Rhymes both finished the game with three hits while Ibarra had three RBI.
In the ninth, the Huskies threatened once again. Mitsui singled, Camporeale reached on an error and Will Sparks was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. But LSU closer Chris Cotton came on and got a lineout, a strikeout and a flyout to end the game and record his fourth save.
Nola (2-0), who had allowed only nine hits in 19 and two-thirds innings entering the game, picked up the win, allowing four runs on five hits over six and one-third. UW starter Nick Palewicz (2-3) suffered the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings.
The Huskies take on the Tigers again Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. PT and the series concludes Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CT/11:00 a.m. PT.