No. 3 LSU Too Much For SFA
March 5, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - The nation's No. 3 ranked team, the LSU Tigers, proved too much for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Tuesday, knocking off SFA 9-2 at Alex Box Stadium.
It was SFA's (3-7) first meeting with the Tigers (11-1) since 1992 and did not start off well as LSU staked starter Brent Bonvillain to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings on its way to the win. The `Jacks got two hits apiece from Hunter Dozier and Zach Marberry, but just two other hits the rest of the way.
Reliever Kevin Berry earned the win, moving to 2-0 on the season after tossing 1.1 innings of relief with three strikeouts. Justin Choate fell to 1-1 on the year after allowing six runs, five earned, in five innings of his start before giving way to three Lumberjack relievers.
A Lumberjack error helped get the Tigers on the board first as LSU pushed across two runs in the second frame. One inning later Andrew Stephenson opened the second inning with a leadoff homer to push the lead to 3-0, and four batters later Raph Rhymes doubled home Chris Sciambra. Mason Katz followed that with his second hit of the night, an RBI single to score Rhymes, giving LSU a commanding 5-0 lead after just three innings.
SFA cashed in on a leadoff single from Dozier in the top of the fourth to get on the scoreboard when Zach Marberry delivered his second hit of the night, and RBI single to left field to cut the lead to 5-1.
The `Jacks got another run back in the fifth on an RBI double from Dozier, scoring Freddy Villalobos from first after a walk. But the Tigers quickly answered in its half of the inning, manufacturing a run that ended in an RBI ground out from Katz.
One inning later the Tigers put up two more runs on a double from Chris Chinea nad a single from Sean McMullen to open up the score and give the LSU bullpen plenty of room to work with in the final three innings.
SFA will try and rebound vs Sacred Heart on Wednesday with a 1:00 p.m. meeting with Sacred Heart. Kevin Bishop will get the start for the `Jacks in the matinee.