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Posted: Thursday, 02 May 2013 10:17PM

LSU baseball grinds out win over Gators in game one

How it happened: In a game that took three hours to play, the 3rd ranked LSU Tigers pushed a run across in the bottom of the 8th and held on for a 3-2 win over 19th ranked Florida.

At the plate: LSU’s top two hitters in the order, Sean McMullen and Mark Laird did not get a hit, but the Tigers 3-4 hitters, Alex Bregman and Mason Katz each had two hits. Bregman scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly from Ty Ross, who hit one deep enough into center field with two strikes on him.

Katz drove in LSU’s first run of the game in the 3rd inning, with a two-out single to tie the game at one. Jacoby Jones gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the 4th inning, with his 4th home run of the season.

On the mound: LSU got a great start from sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn, who gave up just one earned run in 6.2 innings. At one point, Glenn retired 12 in a row, before running into a little bit of trouble in the 7th inning.

Joey Bourgeois (3-1) was the winning pitcher. He gave up a hit and a walk, but got out of the 8th inning without allowing a run. Chris Cotton struck out two in the 9th inning to earn his 10th save.

What it means: Nice win for LSU, who snapped a two-game SEC losing streak. It was also another good start from Glenn. Coach Paul Mainieri said it was the best game he’s ever seen Glenn pitch. It sets LSU up well for the rest of the series as they have Aaron Nola and Ryan Eades ready to pitch games two and three.
Up next: LSU goes for the series victory on Friday as they host Florida at 6:30 PM. Nola is 8-0 with a 2.14 ERA.   

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