Immediate Release: March 31, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Reigning NCAA champion and fourth-ranked LSU (21-3) needed an eighth-inning rally to push past pesky Binghamton (6-11) 13-7 Wednesday night in front of 10,548 at Alex Box Stadium. The Bearcats were six outs away from a monumental upset before the host Tigers struck for seven runs in the eighth frame to turn a 7-6 deficit into the final six-run margin.
Junior left fielder Corey Taylor had an enormous night at the plate, smacking two home runs - including a grand slam - and driving in six runs. After belting a two-run shot to left field in the third inning, Taylor unloaded on a two-out, 3-2 pitch in the fourth inning and sent it over the right field wall. That shot, Taylor's team-high sixth homer of the young season, gave the Bearcats a 7-5 lead.
LSU got one run back in the fifth inning on a solo home run. In the decisive eighth, the Tigers chipped away at BU's bullpen with five singles and took advantge of two walks and two Bearcat errors to plate the seven runs. The two fielding errors were part of a season-worst four errors BU committed on the night.
The Tigers took the lead with a run in the second inning on a leadoff home run. Taylor's third-inning blast put BU ahead 2-1. LSU countered with four runs in the third - thanks to back-to-back walks and a two-out bases-clearing triple. Dunn had an RBI single in the fourth before Taylor connected on the grand slam.
Both teams exhausted five pitchers. LSU outhit Binghamton 11-9.
The Bearcats stay in the state for a three-game set at Louisiana-Monroe, beginning with a single game Friday night.
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