#1 LSU Too Much For Gents in 9-3 Victory
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Shreveport—After letting the Centenary Gents stay with them for six innings, the top-ranked LSU Tigers exploded in the final three innings to take a 9-3 victory Tuesday night in front of 4,178 fans at Fair Grounds Field.

In the top of the seventh inning, Will Harris led off with a single, followed by a walk by Dustin Weaver. J.C. Holt laced a double to left-center field to score Harris and Weaver, and Ryan Patterson hit the next pitch over the wall for a two-run home run to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.

Centenary loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, but LSU reliever Jordan Faircloth struck out Tony Cardone and forced Jacob Willett to ground out, ending the threat.

Holt continued his solid play at Fair Grounds Field, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base. In last year’s game against the Gents, Holt went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, and a home run.

Centenary (8-12) was able to earn 11 hits off of the LSU pitching staff, led by Bobby Gilliam’s 3-for-5 effort. Cardone and Blake Adkison each earned two hits, with Adkison hitting his third home run of the season in the second inning.

LSU (19-3) jumped on the board in the first inning, when Holt led off the game with a double to the gap in left-center field. Holt advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Blake Gill.

The Gents tied the game in the bottom of the third thanks to an infield single by Gilliam and two balks by LSU starter Jason Determann.

The Tigers used the long ball to regain the lead, as Weaver hit a two-out home run to left field in the fourth inning to give LSU a 3-2 lead. The Gents tied the game again in the fifth inning, as Jared Vincent reached on an infield single and scored on a single to center field by Gilliam.

Michael Bonura (2-0) pitched two innings of relief to earn the victory for the Tigers after Determann, normally a reliever, pitched the first four innings. Kevin Cassidy (2-4) threw over 100 pitches for the Gents, picking up the loss after giving up all four runs in the seventh inning.

The Gents return to Shehee Stadium to play a four-game series against IPFW. The series will consist of back-to-back doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, with action on both days beginning at 4 p.m.