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Posted: Saturday, 04 May 2013 7:51PM

Jeff: LSU clobbers Florida to earn series sweep



How it happened: Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, but it was all Tigers the rest of the way. LSU scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning, four more in the 5th and 8 in the 6th inning and three more in the 7th inning on their way to an 18-6 victory. It’s the first time the Tigers swept the gators since 2001, Skip Bertman’s final season as head coach.

At the plate: Jacoby Jones drove in a career-high six runs to lead the offensive onslaught. Jones launched a grand slam in the 6th inning to put an exclamation point on this game. Jones also had a two-run double in the 2nd inning to start the scoring for the Tigers.

Alex Bregman also had a productive day. The freshman shortstop had three hits, 3 RBI and scored three times. Bregman boosted his batting average to .401.

Sean McMullen and Christian Ibarra also had three hits each. Ibarra is now hitting .363 on the season.

Chris Chinea got into the fun with a three-run double in the 7th inning.

The Tigers had at least one base hit in every inning, 19 for the afternoon.

On the mound: Ryan Eades (8-1) had another quality start. He got off to shaky start as two of the first three Florida hitters reached and scored. But Eades settled down and pitched six innings, allowing three hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six.

Brent Bonvillain had a tough day. He faced four batters in the 9th inning and allowed three hits and three runs.  

What it means: Florida swept LSU in 2010 and 2011, so you know Coach Paul Mainieri liked turning the tables on the Gators. Because of the lopsided score, LSU was able to play a lot of different people, which is important since there is no midweek game, because of final exams.

LSU was not able to gain any ground on Vanderbilt. The Commodores clinched the SEC East with a 5-2 win over South Carolina and remain three games ahead of the Tigers for the overall lead in the SEC.

Up next: LSU baseball will make its first trip to College Station, Texas, since 1990 when they begin a three-game series against the Aggies on Thursday night. It will be interesting to see who Mainieri will start in game one. Based on this weekend’s success, Maineri may not change a thing and have Cody Glenn start game one and Aaron Nola in game two.
 
Photo courtesy LSU Atletics / LSUSports.net

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