April 25, 2003
Baton Rouge, La. - The No. 8 LSU Tigers scored seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back in a 17-4 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the first of three games at Alex Box Stadium. Game two is Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
Clay Harris led the Tigers with four RBI, including a three-run home run that capped a five-run second. Aaron Hill and Ivan Naccarata added three RBI apiece while Knoxville native Bruce Sprowl also hit his first home run and collected two RBI as LSU improved to 28-13-1 and 13-5-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
LSU, which won for the 22nd time in 24 home games against Tennessee, pounded out 18 hits as 12 of 14 Tiger batters had at least one hit. Josh Alley led the Vols with three hits as they collected 10. Norrid also added a pair of singles.
After letting Tennessee cut the lead to 7-3 in the fourth, LSU broke the game open with a four-run fifth in taking an 11-3 lead. Hill's two-out two-run single capped the rally started by pinch hitter J.C. Holt's one-out bunt single to third, barely beating the throw by Norrid. Holt stole second and reached third on a wild pitch before scoring on Matt Liuzza's single. Ryan Patterson added an RBI double in the inning.
Two Vol errors led two three more Tiger runs in the sixth, while Naccarata delivered a two-run double to highlight a three-run seventh as the lead ballooned to 17-3.
Justin Meier (5-2), who was aided by four double plays, picked the win in 7 2/3 innings, allowing all four runs on nine hits. Jordan Faircloth closed out the game.
Jordan Czarniecki led off the game with his third home run to right center, giving the Vols (24-18, 8-11 SEC) a quick 1-0 lead.
Tennessee scored two runs on one hit in the fourth when Javi Herrera drew a lead off walk and took third on Nick Crowe's double. Both would score quickly on an RBI ground out by Walter Sevilla and sacrifice fly by Kyle Norrid, respectively. They added one more in the eighth on an RBI by Jeremy Cabbage.
Following Czarniecki's third home run of the season, Sprowl got the Tigers back into the game with his first home run to right leading off the bottom of the first. LSU tacked on one more on Harris' single up the middle that scored Hill who lined a double down the left field line.
The Tigers loaded the bases twice in the second but only managed to push two runs across on a couple of sacrifice flies by Sprowl and Hill before Harris unloaded with a three-run home run to left, his 10th, in taking a 7-1 lead.
Ben Riley (3-4) took the loss in his shortest outing of the season, leaving the game with two out in the third. He was tagged for seven runs on seven hits.
Joey Andrews came on to retired the first five batters he faced before Holt's single. Andrews would be roughed up for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.