LSU Takes Series Opener vs. UGA

LSU Takes Series Opener vs. UGA

POSTED: Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 3:58am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm

LSU hit a trio of home runs in the first three innings including a three-run blast by Ryan Schimpf as the fifth-ranked Tigers beat #1 Georgia, 8-4, in front of 4,009 fans Friday at Foley Field, the sixth largest crowd in stadium history.

Georgia dropped to 24-4 overall and 7-3 in league play and had its seven-game SEC winning streak snapped while LSU improved to 22-7 and 7-3 in conference action.

“We just didn’t play well on any front,” Georgia coach David Perno said. “Offensively our guys just didn’t do it even though (Bryce) Massanari ended up with a good night. We didn’t make anything come our way and you could feel it coming with all the hype. I really appreciate the fans coming out and I’m apologetic we didn’t play as well as we could have.”

Massanari went 3-for-5 with his second-career multi-home run game, and now has six homers in the last eight games. Colby May went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, and Matt Cerione also added two hits.

Anthony Ranaudo (3-2) tossed six shutout innings for LSU, recorded 10 strikeouts and allowed just four hits.

Trevor Holder (5-2) allowed five runs—four earned—on six hits in six innings to take the loss.

LSU took a 1-0 lead on a Micah Gibbs home run in the second, and after a leadoff double and a Georgia error in the third, Schimpf hit a three-run homer, and Sean Ochinko hit a solo home run two batters later to make it 5-0.

The Tigers added three more runs in the seventh, and Georgia scored its first run on Massanari’s homer in the eighth. Rich Poythress drove in a run with an RBI single in the ninth before a two-out, two-run blast by Massanari made it 8-4.

Georgia will try to even the series in game two Saturday at 1 p.m. Alex McRee (2-0, 1.80) will start for the Bulldogs while LSU will counter with Austin Ross (4-2, 2.48).