Top-Ranked LSU Rallies Past Kansas, 4-2
March 13, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La. –
Despite two-hit games from Casey Lytle and Brandon Macias, and six strong innings from Brett Bollman, Kansas fell to No. 1 Louisiana State 4-2 on a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning off the bat of Blake Dean Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.
After winning the opening game of the series, the Jayhawks fall to 10-4 overall, while the Tigers improve to 13-1.
Much like Friday night, Kansas broke out to an early lead, but could not add to it. Sophomore catcher Chris Manship collected an RBI single in the first, while James Stanfield delivered a sacrifice fly giving KU a 2-0 lead after one.
However, that was all the offense the Jayhawks could muster, and were eventually done in by the LSU first baseman.
Dean delivered two clutch hits which drove in all four runs for the defending national champs. First, the senior first baseman hit a chopper over the first baseman’s head with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning, tying the game at 2-2.
Then, in the seventh, Dean slammed a changeup into the right field bleachers off relief pitcher Wally Marcial with a man on to give LSU its first lead of the series at 4-2.
The home run spoiled a solid outing by Bollman. The senior went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts. It was Bollman’s second quality start of the season.
Lytle and Macias each had two hits. The Kansas shortstop delivered KU’s only extra base hit, leading off the second with a double down the left field line.
The Jayhawks will look to take the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest can be heard live on KLWN radio (1320 AM) or at www.klwn.com.