Feb. 11, 2007
Baton Rouge, LA- The Tigers plated five runs in the first two innings while this time the Gaels were unable to comeback as the Saint Mary's baseball team fell to LSU 6-2 in the series finale from Alex Box Stadium. After the day, the Gaels move to 3-7 on the season.
The Tigers scored three runs in the first and two more in the second to hand freshman Anthony Aliotti his first loss on the season.
The Gaels began the game with a run when Aliotti helped his own cause by plating senior Eric Cattoni with a single to left field. Cattoni lead off the game by getting hit by a pitch.
Trailing 6-1, the Gaels added its final run of the series in the fifth. Cattoni doubled home sophomore Ryan Young on a two-bagger to left. Young reached on a single through the left side.
After being stymied offensively on Saturday with four hits, LSU matched that total after the first inning, as the rally was highlighted by a two-run homer from catcher Sean Ochinko.
LSU sophomore Ryan Byrd (1-0) earned his first career win in his first collegiate start. Byrd held SMC to two runs on five hits in five innings. The left-hander walked none and struck out none in his first appearance of the season.
Aliotti tossed 3.2 innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts in his second collegiate start. Freshman Taylor Stanton and senior Michael Nisco no-hit ball the rest of the way.
Cattoni paced the Gaels at the plate with a 1-for-3 effort, adding a run and a RBI. Aliotti added the other RBI with a 1-for-4 day.
Freshman Kyle Jensen batted .455 (5-for-11) in the series while Young batted .500 in a pinch-hitting role and tied for the team-lead with three runs scored.
Saint Mary's will continue on the road when it heads to UC Davis on Tuesday, February 13. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m. from Dobbins Field.