March 4, 2006
BATON ROUGE - LSU starter Derik Olvey pitched seven shutout innings to help lead the eighth-ranked Tigers to a 7-0 win over the University of Houston baseball on Saturday in the second game of a non-conference series at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU (12-2) scored five runs in the first two innings and never looked back in splitting the first two games of the series. A day after pounding out a season-high 14 hits against the Tigers, the Cougars managed only three hits courtesy of Matt Weston, Brad Lincoln and Luis Flores.
UH starter Matt Farrington collected the loss and dropped to 1-3 after giving up five runs (three earned) off six hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Quinn Stewart led the Tigers, going 4-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and a home run, while Bruce Sprowl finished the day 2-for-4 with a run and triple.
The Cougars wrap up the series at 1 p.m., Sunday. The game can be heard live on www.UHCougars.com with former letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow live stats by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
Freshman righthander Luis Flores will make his second consecutive start in the series finale against the Tigers. This season, he has pitched to a 1-1 record with 15 strikeouts and a 3.18 ERA in 11.1 innings of work.
LSU southpaw Daniel Forrer is scheduled to take the hill for the Tigers. This season, Forrer has compiled a 1-0 record with 19 strikeouts and a 4.20 ERA in 15.0 innings of work.
LSU put its mark on the scoreboard first when Quinn Stewart's RBI-single into center field plated J.T. Wise, who reached on a two-out, infield error. Two batters later, Matt Liuzza scored Stewart with an RBI-single into right center.
In the second inning, the Tigers took advantage of a UH infield error and four hits to take a 5-0 lead. Stewart and Wise rapped out back-to-back RBI-singles, while Michael Hollander chipped in with an RBI double to take control of the game.
LSU pushed its lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning after Bruce Sprowl led off with a triple down the right-field line and later took advantage of the Cougars' third error of the day to score. Two batters later, Stewart blasted a home run over the left-field wall for the final margin of victory.