Large Crowd Sees No. 8 LSU Beat Washington, 8-4
March 9, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - For the second straight night, Washington rallied for a four-run inning, but it wasn't enough as the Huskies fell to eighth-ranked LSU, 8-4, Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The official, paid attendance of 11,483 represented the largest crowd ever to watch a Washington baseball game, surpassing the 10,688 that watched an NCAA Regional championship game at Mississippi State in 1997, the former mark.
The Huskies, trailing 5-4 going to the fourth, scored four two-out runs in the inning, but those were the only runs they'd score.
LSU starter Ryan Eades (3-0) picked up the win for the Tigers, who improved to 14-1 on the year. He went six and two-thirds, allowing the four runs on six hits. UW starter Austin Voth (2-2) took the loss, giving up seven runs (six earned) on six hits over three and one-third. Husky reliever Trevor Dunlap contributed three no-hit innings after coming on in the fourth.
Tigers first baseman Mason Katz led his team's offense, belting two homers and finishing the game with five RBI.
After two quick outs, the Tigers got started in the bottom of the first. Alex Bregman doubled off the fence in left and Raph Rhymes walked to bring up Katz, who knocked his third homer of the year to give LSU a 3-0 lead.
In the second, the Tigers added another as Chris Sciambra walked and eventually came in to score on a wild pitch, increasing the advantage to 4-0.
Washington, limited to one hit through the first three, got going in the fourth. Joe Meggs and Robert Pehl opened the fourth with singles, though it looked like the inning might end without a run after two strikeouts. But from there, the next five Huskies reached base.
After a Will Sparks single loaded the bases, Andrew Ely singled to right to drive in a run, and Pehl came home on an errant throw back to the infield. Catcher Parker Guinn walked to re-load the bases and Ty Afenir followed with a high-chopper to short. The LSU shortstop's throw was neither in time nor on target, allowing two runs to score on the hit and error, cutting the Tigers' lead to 5-4.
However, in the bottom of the fourth, LSU took advantage of a pair of UW errors to increase its lead. After a single from Mark Laird and another double from Bregman, Rhymes hit a grounder to second base that was mid-handled for an error, allowing one to score. Katz followed with a grounder back to the mound, but the throw from Dunlap to second to try to start a double play was wide and Bregman crossed to make it 7-4.
LSU added a run in the seventh when JaCoby Jones, walked and eventually scored on a two-out, pinch-hit single from Chris Chinea.
The Huskies and Tigers wrap up the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. CT/11:00 a.m. PT game.