April 13, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 3 ranked LSU Tigers used a six-run fourth inning to post a 10-2 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in game one of a Southeastern Conference series from Alex Box Stadium on Friday night. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 13-21 overall and 4-9 in SEC play. The Tigers improve to 28-7 and 9-4 in conference play.
With the score 4-2 in favor of the Tigers, Alabama starting pitcher Trey Pilkington gave up a run and left the bases loaded for reliever Taylor Guilbeau. After Guilbeau walked the first batter he faced to make the score 6-2, Austin Nola hit his second career grand slam to left center to give the Tigers a 10-2 lead.
Pilkington (1-3) took the loss after allowing eight runs (all earned) on five hits with three walks, a hit batter and two strikeouts. LSU starting pitcher Kevin Gausman picked up the win to improve to 6-1 on the season, and finished the night with eight innings pitched, allowing two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.
Alabama had six hits as Brett Booth led the way with a 2-for-4, one RBI night. Taylor Dugas was 1-for-3 with his 16th career triple, a walk and two runs scored. Dugas led off the game with hit triple to extend his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 46. Ben Moore was 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and Jared Reaves was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
After Dugas led off the game with his school record 16th triple of his career, Booth had a single to center field giving the Tide an early 1-0 lead. LSU answered in the bottom of the inning with a 3-run home run by Mason Katz. The Katz home run was the first hit of the game for the Tigers, after a hit batter and a fielder choice allowed the first two LSU hitters of the game to reach.
The Tide got one run back in the third inning when Reaves provided a two-out RBI single to score Dugas from second. Dugas started the two-out rally with a walk and Booth followed with an infield single. After the Reaves RBI single, Moore’s deep fly to left center was caught by Arby Fields on the warning track to end the Bama threat.
LSU got that run back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Raph Rhymes. In the six-run fourth, the Tigers had three hits in the frame and scored on an RBI single by Fields, a bases load walk and the grand slam by Nola.
Guilbeau threw 2.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. In one inning of work, Ian Gardeck had three strikeouts, with a hit and a walk and Case Nixon threw a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and a w in his seventh appearance of the season.
Alabama and LSU will play game two of the weekend SEC series on Saturday with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. from Alex Box Stadium. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television. The Tide is scheduled to start freshman left hander Justin Kamplain (1-2, 3.23 ERA) and the Tigers will start sophomore right-hander Alex Eades (4-1, 2.70 ERA).
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