April 27, 2003
Baton Rouge, La. - The No. 8 LSU Tigers pounded out a season-high tying 19 hits while exploding for 11 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 15-4 victory and series sweep over the Tennessee Volunteers at Alex Box Stadium.
After Clay Harris' two-out two-run double put the Tigers up 2-0 in the first, LSU (30-13-1, 15-5-1 SEC) sent 15 men to the plate in the decisive frame, scoring 11 runs on 10 hits while being aided by three Vol errors. Tennessee falls to 24-20 and 8-13 in the SEC.
Jon Zeringue went 4-for-4, while Ryan Patterson and Bruce Sprowl each had three hits to pace LSU.
The Tigers began the fourth by reeling off five straight safeties, plating the first four runs on an RBI double by Patterson, a single by Matt Liuzza, a fielders choice and a Vol error with two out that chased starter and loser Brandon Crowe (3-1).
Harris kept the rally going by driving in his third run off reliever Luke Hochevar's first pitch with a single to right center. A walk to Ivan Naccarata, and subsequent passed ball that scored Blake Gill, set the table for the big blow of the inning, a three-run home run by Patterson, his ninth of the season. Liuzza drove in his second run of the inning with a double, while Sprowl capped the scoring with his third hit.
LSU tacked on two more in the sixth on Aaron Hill's two run double to make it 15-0.
Nate Bumstead (7-1) kept the Vols in check through the first four innings, allowing just two base runners. Tennessee would chip away over the next two innings before finally getting on the board in the seventh with two unearned runs on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double by Nick Crowe. Bumstead allowed just five hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
Tennessee concludes its five game road swing at UNC Asheville Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be played at McCormick Field, home of the Class A Asheville Tourists.