No. 1 MSU rocks LSU|[3/25/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 27, 2006

BATON ROUGE – Top-ranked Mississippi State launched three consecutive homers as part of a four-run second inning, and left-hander Brooks Dunn limited No. 14 LSU to one run as the Tigers fell by a score of 11-1 Friday night.

LSU (18-6, 1-3 SEC) has lost four out of its last six games. The Bulldogs (18-0, 4-0) are off to their best start in school history and still remain as the only undefeated team in the nation.

Game 2 of the series is slated for 1 p.m. today. MSU will send junior right-hander Josh Johnson (4-0, 1.42) to the mound. LSU will counter with Hernando native Clay Dirks (3-2, 2.53).

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Dunn (5-0) maintained his perfect record, limiting LSU to a run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings of work Friday. Right fielder Quinn Stewart and shortstop Michael Hollander each had two of the five hits.

&#8220When you get a little bit of a lead, you have to keep it close because it is hard to put a big inning against him,” Laval said. &#8220He throws downhill, but he’s not a power pitcher. Once he gets the lead, he’s very good. He can throw a 3-2 changeup in the zone and so forth.”

LSU pitchers allowed a season-high 18 hits, four homers and 11 runs, which resulted in its largest margin of defeat since dropping a 15-4 decision to Mississippi State in 2002.

Left-hander Daniel Forrer (1-1) took the loss after allowing six runs and all three homers in the second inning.