Longhorns cut LSU lead in half in third inning

June, 24, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. -- Texas cut LSU's lead to 4-2 with two runs in the bottom of the third inning in the deciding game of the CWS championship series at Rosenblatt Stadium.

After the Longhorns loaded the bases with two outs, LSU starter Anthony Ranaudo walked left fielder Preston Clark on a 10-pitch at-bat. Brandon Belt scored to make it 4-2.

Ranaudo got out of the bases-loaded jam when shortstop Brandon Loy grounded out to short with two outs.

The Longhorns made it 4-1 when Travis Tucker scored on catcher Cameron Rupp's grounder to short with one out.

Ranaudo walked four batters in the inning. The sophomore threw 43 pitches in the inning, putting his pitch count at 77 through three innings.

LSU freshman Mikie Mahtook, who had the game-winning hit in LSU's 7-6 win on Monday night, saved what could have been two runs in the inning with a running catch in deep center field. With runners at first and second, Texas DH Russell Moldenhauer hit a screaming liner in the left-center gap. Mahtook ran to his left and leaped to make the catch.

The Longhorns have stranded seven runners in the first three innings, leaving the bases loaded in the first and third.



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