Cats top LSU 6-4 to complete series sweep

May 16, 2010
Ninth inning

Logan Darnell retired Tyler Hanover on a popup to 2B Chris Bisson. CF Keenan Wiley narrowly missed colliding with LF Brian Adams to track down Trey Watkins’ fly to the gap. Austin Nola flied to Wiley in center. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) FINAL SCORE: KENTUCKY 6, LSU 4.

Eighth inning
Marcus Nidiffer

Marcus Nidiffer

Light rain turned into a steady rain. Mike Kaczmarek struck out Micah Gibbs, then was replaced by LH Logan Darnell, the latter’s first relief appearance of the season. Mikie Mahtook greeted Darnell with a line single to left. Leon Landry reached on a fielder’s choice and Alex Edward walked on a 3-2 pitch. Darnell struck out Matt Gaudet, stranding two runners and bringing LSU’s game total to 16 left on base. (0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 LOB.) Leadoff man Chris Bisson reached when RHP Austin Ross fielded a tapper down the first-base line and tried to lob a toss over Bisson’s head. The ball was too high for 1B Blake Dean, an error charged to Ross on the throw. Chad Wright followed with a walk, and LSU Coach Paul Mainieri yanked his starter. Ross turned the ball over to RH Paul Bertuccini. Gunner Glad bunted the runners to second and third, and Mainieri called to his bullpen for LH Zach LaSuzzo. With his first pitch, LaSuzzo hit Lance Ray. That loaded the bases, with one out, and prompted another pitching change, to RH closer Matty Ott. Marcus Nidiffer worked the count full, fouled off a pitch, then crunched a grand-slam homer over the left-field wall. Braden Kapteyn doubled down the left-field line and Neiko Johnson went in to run for Kapteyn. Keenan Wiley flied to left and Taylor Black struck out. (4 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 W, 1 HB, 1 LOB.) After eight innings: Kentucky 6, LSU 4.

Seventh inning
Austin Ross

Austin Ross

No. 9 hitter Tyler Hanover drew his third walk of the game, then stole second base. RH Nick Kennedy got Trey Watkins and Austin Nola on groundouts, then gave way to LH Mike Kaczmarek. Kaczmarek struckout Blake Dean. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 LOB.) The Wildcats went down in order, giving RH Austin Ross 11 retired in a row. The last Wildcat to reach base: Keenan Wiley, on his fourth-inning RBI double. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) After seven innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Sixth inning

LSU got a two-out single to center by Alex Edward but nothing else. (0 R, 1H, 0 E, 1 LOB.) For the second inning in a row, UK went down 1-2-3. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) After six innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Fifth inning

One number tells why Kentucky is still “in” a game in which the pitching staff has walked 10 and hit two, not to mention five hits: LSU has left 12 runners on base through five innings, including three in the fifth. Tyler Hanover’s one-out single, a hit batsman and a two-out walk loaded the bases. Nick Kennedy got out of the jam when Micah Gibbs flied to left. (0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 HB, 3 LOB.) Kentucky went down in order. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) After five innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Fourth inning
Keenan Wiley

Keenan Wiley

UK’s first two pitchers of the game have had less control than a prom-party crowd without a chaperone. Matt Little walked the first two batters of the inning on eight pitches, the eighth and ninth walks of the game for LSU. Coach Gary Henderson replaced Little with RHP Nick Kennedy. Mikie Mahtook tried to bunt the runners ahead, but C Marcus Nidiffer instead through out Blake Dean at third base. Leon Landry crushed a ball, sending it out of the park, but just foul down the right-field line. Next pitch, Landry flied out to right. Alex Edward tooka called third strike. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 W, 2 LOB.) UK got a one-out double off the right-field wall by Braden Kapteyn, making him 2-for-2. Keenan Wiley, after fouling five two-strike pitches, brought Kapteyn around with a double to the gap in left-center. LSU starter Austin Ross fanned the next two batters. (1R, 2H, 0E, 1 LOB.) After four innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Third inning
Matt Gaudet

Matt Gaudet

More control issues, more problems for UK. LSU’s Mikie Mahtook drew a leadoff walk. He was forced at second, but SS Taylor Black’s relay to first sailed into the Wildcats dugout. The error left Leon Landry on second base. One out later, Matt Gaudet socked his 16th homer of the season over the right-field wall. No. 9 hitter Tyler Hanover then drew his second walk in as many plate appearances. Trey Watkins also walked, prompting a visit from UK Coach Gary Henderson with RHP Matt Little. Austin Nola flied to right, stranding two runners and pushing LSU’s three-inning total to seven runners left on base. (2 R, 1 H, 1 E, 3 W, 2 LOB.) For UK, Chris Bisson led off with a double off the wall in right-center. However, Chad Wright struck out, Gunner Glad popped out to shallow right and Lance Ray grounded out to third. (0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.) After three innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 1.

Second inning
Matt Little

Matt Little

Alex Meyer’s control problems carried over from the first inning. After walking No. 9 batter Tyler Hanover and beaning Trey Watkins, Meyer got the hook from Coach Gary Henderson. In one inning-plus, Meyer threw 50 pitches, 22 for strikes. RH Matt Little came on to strike out Austin Nola. Blake Dean lined a single to right, loading the bases. Little escaped, though, by getting Micah Gibbs to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. (0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 HB, 2 LOB.) Marcus Nidffer led off UK’s half of the inning with a walk and moved to second on Braden Kapteyn’s sharp single to left. Keenan Wiley bunted the runners to second and third. Nidiffer scored and Kapteyn took third on Taylor Black’s high chopper to first. Brian Adams struck out looking. (1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 LOB.) After two innings: LSU 2, Kentucky 1.

First inning

Micah Gibbs
Micah Gibbs

Kentucky RHP Alex Meyer struggled to find the strike zone and LSU pounced to score the game’s first two runs. Trey Watkins led off with a single up the middle. One out later, Blake Dean walked. With both runners in motion, Micah Gibbs singled through the right side to score Watkins and advance Dean to third. After Meyer fanned Mikie Mahtook, Leon Landry walked to load the bases. A pickoff attempt by C Marcus Nidiffer on a throw to first base sailed down the right-field line for an apparent run-scoring error. However, plate umpire Larry Short apparently ruled batter Alex Edward interfered with Nidiffer and sent all the runners back. LSU Coach Paul Mainieri put up an extended argument, to no avail. Edward walked, though, forcing in Dean with the second run. Meyer fanned Matt Gaudet. (2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 walks, 3 left on base.) UK got a one-out single up the middle by Chad Wright. LSU righty Austin Ross got Gunner Glad and Lance Ray looking at third strikes. (0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on base.) After one inning: LSU 2, Kentucky 0.

 

Pre-game

Kentucky plays host to LSU in the finale of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats will be going for their first series sweep of the Tigers since 1991.

Lineups

LSU (34-17 overall, 12-14 SEC) — Trey Watkins LF; Austin Nola SS; Blake Dean 1B; Micah Gibbs C; Mikie Mahtook RF; Leon Landry CF; Alex Edward 3B; Matt Gaudet DH; Tyler Hanover 2B. Pitching: RH Austin Ross (3-4, 5.43).

KENTUCKY (28-23, 11-15) — Chris Bisson 2B; Chad Wright RF; Gunner Glad 3B; Lance Ray 1B; Marcus Nidiffer C; Braden Kapteyn DH; Keenan Wiley CF; Taylor Black SS; Brian Adams LF. Pitching: RH Alex Meyer (5-2, 6.23).

UMPIRES — Larry Short HP; Todd Henderson 1B; Scott Erby 3B.

 

 

 

 

 


Ray’s walkoff homer lifts UK over LSU 11-9

May 14, 2010
Ninth inning

RHP Braden Kapteyn took over on the mound for UK and walked the first batter he faced, Austin NolaAlex Edward bunted Nola to second. Leon Landry singled to left-center, putting runners on the corners. Matt Gaudet flied to short right-center, with Nola trying to tag and score. CF Keenan Wiley fired a strike to C Marcus Nidiffer, though, and Nola was out with room to spare. LSU brought in closer Matty Ott, a right-hander who leads the SEC with 11 saves, and Johnny Dishon came in to play LF. Brian Adams led off with a double down the third-base line, continuing to third when Dishon misplayed the ball. Adams scored when Chris Bisson grounded out to first. Chad Wright and Gunner Glad each walked, putting the potential tying and game-winning runs on base. Neiko Johnson came in to run for Glad. Lance Ray worked the count to 3-1, then uncorked his second homer of the night and 10th of the year — a walkoff, three-run homer. FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 11, LSU 9.

Eighth inning

LSU went down in order. Kentucky RH Walter Wijas got the first two batters, with LH Mike Kaczmarek coming out of the bullpen to get the final out. Wijas worked 4 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball, striking out three and walking one. UK went down in order for a third consecutive inning. After eight innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Seventh inning

LSU’s Tyler Hanover reached on a two-out throwing error by SS Taylor Black, the Wildcats’ fourth error of the night. Hanover was stranded when Mike Mahtook grounded to third. LSU’s Paul Bertuccini set UK down in order for the second inning in a row. After seven innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Sixth inning

LSU’s Micah Gibbs knocked a one-out double to the right-field corner and Blake Dean followed with a walk. 3B Andy Burns robbed Austin Nola of a hit, diving towards second base to stab Nola’s liner for the second out. Burns then charged Alex Edward’s high hopper and threw him out at first, stranding two runners. Kentucky went down in order. After six innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Fifth inning
Walter Wijas

Walter Wijas

LSU’s Matt Gaudet reached on a one-out fielding error by 3B Andy Burns, then stole second. Kentucky RHP Walter Wijas struck out Tyler Hanover and got Mikie Mahtook to line out to Burns. For the Wildcats, Chad Wright lined a one-out single to center and stole second, his 12th swipe of the season in 15 attempts. Gunner Glad drew a walk, sending the LSU bullpen into action. Lance Ray worked the count full, then walked to load the bases. Marcus Nidiffer took three straight balls, then a strike. He ripped the next pitch out of the park — but foul down the left-field line. On the 3-2 pitch, Nidiffer took high and inside for an RBI-walk. That knocked out RHP Anthony Ranaudo as Coach Paul Mainieri summoned RH Paul Bertuccini.  Glad scored on Andy Burns’ fielder’s choice-grounder, with Nidiffer forced out at second. Keenan Wiley’s bloop single to left scored Ray and advanced Burns to third, cutting LSU’s lead to 9-7. A wild pitch enabled Wiley to take second. Taylor Black grounded out to first. After five innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Fourth inning
Blake Dean

Blake Dean

Andy Burns

Andy Burns

With one out, LSU’s Trey Watkins beat out a Baltimore-chop single to third base — a safe call that UK Coach Gary Henderson disputed. Micah Gibbs singled through the right side, putting runners on the corners. Blake Dean poked a high-arcing home run to the deck in right-center, his 10th of the year. That increased LSU’s lead to 9-3 and knocked out LHP Taylor Rogers. Henderson brought in RH Walter Wijas. Wijas struck out Austin Nola and retired Alex Edward on a comebacker to the mound. For UK, Andy Burns lined a one-out single up the middle, nearly nailing RH Anthony Ranaudo in the leg. Burns took second on a wild pitch, third on Keenan Wiley’s groundout. Burns scored on another wild pitch, although making an ill-advised head-first slide at the plate. Taylor Black singled, but was stranded with RF Mikie Mahtook made a diving catch of Brian Adams’ liner. After four innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 4.

Third inning
Alex Edward

Alex Edward

With one out, LSU got consecutive singles by Blake Dean, Austin Nola and Alex Edward, the latter driving in a run. Nola and Edwards advanced on a wild pitch, and Leon Landry was hit by a breaking ball to load the bases. Matt Gaudet, who homered in his first at-bat, hit a sacrifice fly to right. Edward went from second to third on the play, and continued home when cutoff man Taylor Black was unable to handle the throw from RF Chad Wright. That also enabled Landry to move up to second. Tyler Hanover flied to left, ending the top of the inning. Kentucky went down in order. After three innings: LSU 6, Kentucky 3.

Second inning
Matt Gaudet

Matt Gaudet

LSU came back in a hurry. Leon Landry laced a one-out single. Matt Gaudet jumped on a 3-0 pitch, knocking it to the parking lot beyond the right-field wall. His 15th homer of the season tied the game at 3. Tyler Hanover reached on a throwing error by 3B Andy Burns. Wildcats LHP Taylor Rogers struck out Mike Mahtook and got Trey Watkins on a deep fly to right. Keenan Wiley led off UK’s half of the inning with a sharp single to left on a full-count pitch. Taylor Black reached on a force play. As Brian Adams struck out, Black stole second. He was stranded, though, when Chris Bisson struck out. After two innings: Kentucky 3, LSU 3.

First inning
Lance Ray

Lance Ray

Micah Gibbs

Micah Gibbs

LSU’s Mike Mahtook singled on the first pitch of the game. He was retired, though, on a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play – Trey Watkins whiffing and 2B Chris Bisson applying the tag on Mahtook after a perfect throw from C Marcus Nidiffer. The Tigers did strike, though, as No. 3 batter Michah Gibbs drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left. In the bottom of the inning, Chad Wright reached on a one-out throwing error by 2B Tyler Hanover. Gunner Glad singled up the middle, putting runners on the corners. Lance Ray, jumping on a 1-0 pitch, smashed a three-run homer just to the right of the batter’s eye in center. One out later, Andy Burns singled. He was caught trying to steal, on a pitchout. At the end of one inning: Kentucky 3, LSU 1.

Pre-game

LSU visits Kentucky to open a three-game baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium, Friday at 6:30 p.m.

UK (26-23 overall, 9-15 SEC) is 10th in the SEC heading into the second-to-last weekend of league play. Only the top eight teams will qualify for the SEC Tournament. UK sits a game behind Alabama and another game back of eighth-place Tennessee.

LSU (34-15, 12-12) is seventh, but has lost nine of its last 11 games. The Tigers are defending NCAA champions.

Starting lineups
Anthony Ranaudo

Anthony Ranaudo

Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers

LSU — Mikie Mahtook RF; Trey Watkins LF; Micah Gibbs C; Blake Dean 1B; Austin Nola SS; Alex Edward 3B; Leon Landry CF; Matt Gaudet DH; Tyler Hanover 2B. Pitching: RH Anthony Ranaudo (2-2, 8.26).

KENTUCKY — Chris Bisson 2B; Chad Wright RF; Gunner Glad 1B; Lance Ray DH; Marcus Nidiffer C; Andy Burns 3B; Keenan Wiley CF; Taylor Black SS; Brian Adams LF. Pitching: LH Taylor Rogers (4-7, 5.59).

UMPIRES — Todd Henderson HP; Scott Erby 1B; Larry Short 3B.

Weather — 78 degrees, wind 8 mph WSW.