April 25, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Nate Bumstead and Michael Bonura combined on a five-hitter as the No. 7 LSU Tigers played for the big inning while collecting 15 hits en route to an 11-1 win and series victory over the No. 10 Tennessee Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee fell to 31-11 overall and 10-8 in the Southeastern Conference, dropping one game behind Florida in the Eastern Division following its sweep of Vanderbilt. LSU won its third league road series improving to 31-11 and 10-8 in conference play.
Bumstead (6-2) hurled seven solid innings, yielding one run on five hits with two strikeouts, while Bonura retired the six batters he faced over the final two innings with one strikeout.
After a scoreless first, LSU's bats awoke in the second as the first 10 batters reached safely. The Tigers parlayed eight hits, including a three-run double by J.C. Holt and a triple by Ryan Patterson into eight runs.
The Tigers opened the frame with back-to-back singles by Jon Zeringue and Clay Harris before Ivan Naccarata delivered with a run scoring double. Following a walk to load the bases, Will Harris drew an RBI walk before Derek Hebert singled home Naccarata. Holt then delivered the big blow of the inning with a bases clearing double to left before scoring on Patterson's triple which chased Vol starter Ben Riley (3-3). Matt Liuzza singled home a run off reliever Joey Andrews and Zeringue got his second hit of the inning before Clay Harris flew out.
Patterson clubbed his ninth home run to left in the fourth giving LSU a 9-0 lead. They added two more in the sixth on a double by Liuzza and a single by Clay Harris.
Alex Suarez, who had two of the Vols' hits, provided Tennessee's only offense as he connected with a two out double and scored on Eric King's single in the fifth. Eli Iorg had a first inning single, while Chase Headley got the last Vol hit in the seventh.
Andrews pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, limiting LSU to one run on four hits, while Beau Massey pitched 1 1/3 innings.
Craig Cobb proved to have the Tigers' number as he held them to two hits in three scoreless innings.
Tennessee plays host to the UNC Asheville Bulldogs Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. ET before traveling to face the SEC-leading Arkansas Razorbacks next weekend.