LSU head coach Paul Mainieri is ready to lead his team tonight against UL-Lafayette. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:44 PMBATON ROUGE — LSU never really gave itself much of a chance to complete a sweep of Arkansas Sunday.
The Razorbacks got a grand slam before LSU recorded its second out, and Arkansas salvaged the final game of the series with a 10-4 beatdown of the Tigers.
“Obviously just not our day,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “One of those days when nothing went right.”
It seems to happen to the Tigers a lot on Sunday — or the final game of an SEC series — where they’ve won only once in five tries with a frustrating tie thrown into the mix.
“It’s something we’ve got to get an answer for,” Mainieri said after starting pitcher Kyle Bouman lasted only one inning in his second start back from a severe ankle sprain.
Mainieri took little consolation that the Tigers (27-9-1, 8-6-1 SEC) completed an 8-game homestand 7-1 and still took the series from Arkansas (22-15, 7-8).
“I still don’t feel good about today,” he said. “It’s hard to sweep a series in this league. The teams are all good and they don’t feel sorry for themselves.They (Arkansas) lost two tough ballgames and came out and played hard on Sunday.
“There’s no such thing as momentum. Momentum is your starting pitcher.”
Bouman (3-2) didn’t have it Sunday, although Mainieri said his ankle was no longer a concern.
“He just didn’t pitch well,” Mainieri said. “He’s not overpowering. He has to keep the ball down in the zone, particularly with the way the wind was blowing out.”
Bouman opened the game allowing a double, single and a walk before getting his first out, where Mainieri said he was fortunate to get a popup on a bad pitch up in the zone.
But Blake Baxendale then launched a towering grand slam over the leftfield bleachers for a quick 4-0 Razorback lead and a big LSU hole.
“You can’t hit-and-run, you can’t steal bases,” Mainieri said of the early deficit. “You’ve got to hit your way back into the game.”
LSU managed only four hits off of Arkansas starter Chris Oliver (4-3), although he did walk seven and hit two others to give the Tigers plenty of baserunners.
“We just didn’t take advantage of it like they did,” Mainieri said. “One of the keys to the game, we walked four batters early and they all scord.”
Reliver Cody Glenn gave the Tigers three decent innings and LSU got with striking distance on Jake Fraley’s 2-run single in the second to cut the gap to 4-2.
But Glenn’s throwing error on a potential double-play ball gave Arkansas a single run in the fourth and the Razorbacks put the game away with four more in the fifth for a 9-2 lead.
Glenn was lifted after walking the first two batters in the fifth, and Brady Domangue gave up a sacrifice fly and a RBI double before Eric Fisher lined a 2-run shot to right, his third home run of the series —and his only three hits for the weekend.
LSU eventually used eight pitchers.