May 26, 2010
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CBI Live: SEC Game 1: #7 Alabama 7, #2 Auburn 1
CBI Live: SEC Game 2: #6 Ole Miss 3, #3 South Carolina 0
Ranaudo, Tigers Upend
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
HOOVER, Ala. –
It is just paying to be a higher seed in the SEC tournament
today. This time, it was the eighth-seeded LSU Tigers, the
reigning national champion, who dispatched SEC champion Florida
by a 10-6 count in the third game on Opening Day at Regions
Tigers (37-20) got just what they have been looking for all
season out of starter Anthony Ranaudo (4-2) (left) as he pitched
a season high 7.2 innings and scattered seven hit against the
Gators, who entered the tournament as the winners of 9 of 10 SEC
series (including a school-record run of eight straight to end
the regular season).
Ranaudo silenced the potent Florida bats
for the most part, allowing just three runs to avenge being
swept by the Gators (40-14) earlier this year in Gainesville.
Tigers were more than generous in their response to the junior
right-hander's effort, putting up a five spot in the second
inning to take the lead.
Gaudet started the inning with a solo shot to right field, his
team-leading 19th of the year to erase the zeroes
from the scoreboard. Leon Landry followed with a walk, and Alex
Edward moved him over to second with a solid base hit to left.
The duo then pulled off a double steal to place runners at
second and third before Mason Katz picked up his third and
fourth RBI of the season with a base hit to up the advantage to
3-0. LSU second baseman Tyler Hanover capped the rally with a
two-out, two-run single to make it 5-0.
den Dekker hit a solo shot, his 12th of the season, to lead off
the eighth and Austin Maddox added a base hit, but Ranaudo got
Brian Johnson on a fly ball to left. Daniel Pigott drew a walk,
ending Ranaudo’s night.
Reliever Paul Bertuccini took over, and Josh Adams greeted him
with a ground ball that appeared to be headed to left field but
was picked by shortstop Austin Nola, who couldn't maintain
possession, allowing Pigott to score from second to cut the lead
to 9-5. Johnson cut the advantage to 9-6 with a run-scoring
single to right, and suddenly things were starting to get very
interesting for the near-capacity crowd.
Bertuccini ended the drama by striking out
Florida catcher Ben McMahan to strand the runners amid a wild
clamor from the Tigers’ faithful.
tacked on a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Mahtook to end
the scoring as Bertuccini held the Gators scoreless despite a
double by Preston Tucker to end the game.
Freshman of the Year Austin Maddox led the Gators with three
hits in four trips to the plate. Den Dekker added two hits and
was joined by Tyler Thompson with a pair of safeties as well.
Tigers pounded out 19 hits with Blake Dean and Nola accounting
for six. Mahtook, Hanover, Gibbs and Alex Edward contributed two
hits apiece as the top six hitters in the lineup accounted for
14 hits and six runs.
(5-4) (right) picked up the loss for Florida in just 3.2 innings
of work. He allowed seven earned runs on nine hits while walking
Florida will play either Vanderbilt or Arkansas on Thursday; LSU
will face the winner of that game.