Six-run fifth inning powers Tigers past Owls, 12-9

June, 5, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The momentum changed in favor of LSU with its six-run fifth inning, and the Tigers never looked back. The pressure is now on the Rice Owls, whose less-than-stellar bullpen was exposed in the 12-9 loss.

The difference between the two teams was pitching, with LSU's Anthony Ranaudo turning in a solid effort for the Tigers. The sophomore gave up five hits, five runs and one earned run and struck out nine batters in 7 2/3 innings.

The crowd of 9,375 set a record at Alex Box Stadium, and Tigers fans no doubt came alive in the fifth, when LSU's bats caught fire. But the Tigers gave Rice a few gifts with four uncharacteristic errors. Both teams will have to step it up a notch when they meet here again at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN360) on Saturday.



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