The #1 LSU Tigers jumped on the #2 Kentucky Wildcats first again, getting a big two-out RBI double by Raph Rhymes in the top of the first. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the offense didn't continue as the Wildcats roared back for a big 8-1 victory at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington.
Kentucky scratched for two runs in the bottom of the first against LSU's Ryan Eades, before the Wildcats erupted for four runs in the bottom of the 4th and then two more in the 7th for a big 8-1 lead. Eades, who's been outstanding most of the season, clearly didn't have his best stuff, being yanked after just 3 1/3 innings pitched allowing six runs on nine hits.
Kentucky got much more mileage out of their starting pitcher Jerad Grundy, who handcuffed LSU for just that one run in his six innings of work. Grundy scattered just six hits.
Kentucky's Austin Cousino, who had a dreadful day at the plate Friday in a 5-4 loss to LSU with five strike outs, smashed a 3-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. He also led off Kentucky's first inning with a double and then scored the Wildcats' first run on an RBI fly-out by catcher Luke Maile. Maile also delivered some more thunder for the Wildcats in the 7th, pounding a 2-run bomb out of the park.
The two teams will square off again Sunday in the rubber match of the huge series. Unlike the first two games of the set, there is no television scheduled for the affair, but watch WAFB during our 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts for all of your highlights.