LSU’s skid continues as Tigers drop two to Florida

Published 12:33 am Sunday, May 2, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida freshman right-hander Hudson Randall limited ninth-ranked LSU to one run on seven hits in eight innings Saturday to lead the No. 6 Gators to a 7-3 victory at McKethan Stadium.

Florida then posted an 8-5 win over the Tigers in the completion of Friday night’s game that was suspended due to heavy rain. The Gators held a 7-0 lead when the game resumed in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Florida improved to 30-11 overall, 14-6 in the SEC. LSU is 32-12 overall and 11-9 in conference play.

The teams will meet in Game 3 of the series at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in a contest televised by ESPN.

“I was proud of the way we came back in the suspended game and actually brought the tying run to the plate,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “This is a tough place to win, but I know players will give everything they have to win the game tomorrow. There are still a lot of games to be played, and my concern is that we are playing our best once we get into the postseason. We certainly have the ability to get things headed in a positive direction.”

LSU rightfielder Mikie Mahtook hit the first pitch of the game from Randall over the left-centerfield fence, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

However, Randall (5-3) was in control the rest of the way, allowing just one run on seven hits in eight innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.

LSU starter Chris Matulis (5-2) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered seven runs on nine hits in four innings with five walks and one strikeout.

Florida tied the game in the second inning against Matulis on a sacrifice fly by leftfielder Jonathan Pigott.