April 9, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee baseball team is still in search of its first Southeastern Conference series win after dropping a 6-2 contest to No. 21 LSU Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Tigers erased a two-run deficit with a pair of seventh-inning homers and never looked back. The Volunteers are now 19-13 (3-8 SEC) this season. LSU improved to 23-11 (4-8 SEC) despite being out-hit 11-7.
LSU right-hander Derik Olvey nearly went the distance, throwing 8 2/3 innings while improving to 6-1 on the year. The junior gave up just two runs on 11 hits with nine strikeouts to one walk. Reliever Chase Dardar recorded the final out to log his third save of the year.
The teams battled through two and a half scoreless innings before Vols centerfielder Julio Borbon put Tennessee on the board with an RBI basehit that bounced over the head of Tigers first baseman Steven Waguespack in the bottom of the third. UT second baseman Michael Rivera later scored from third base on a wild pitch, giving the Vols a 2-0 lead.
Tennessee starting pitcher Josh Lindblom left the game after facing one batter in the top of the seventh. Junior closer Sean Watson then came on in relief to face LSU second baseman J.T. Wise, who promptly hit a game-tying homer to left field. Four batters later with one man on base, Tigers designated hitter Jordan Mayer smacked another two-run blast over the wall in right-centerfield to put his team up 4-2.
LSU extended its lead to four runs with RBIs by Waguespack and catcher Matt Liuzza in the eighth, closing out the day's scoring.
Lindblom earned a no-decision after allowing one run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Watson was lifted after giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits with one walk in 1 1/3 innings of action. Junior right-hander Ty Pryor worked the final 1 2/3 frames for UT.
The game marked the first time this season that Tennessee lost when leading after six innings. The Vols now trail the all-time series with LSU 42-14, dating to 1907.
The Vols remain in Knoxville to host UNC Asheville Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium before hosting a weekend series with SEC Eastern Division rival Florida.