No. 2 LSU Uses Longball In 15-7 Win Over No. 3 Sun Devil Baseball

March 3, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Louisiana State University first baseman Bryan Moore had a career day at the plate going 5-for-5 with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI to lead the No. 2 Tigers to a 15-7 victory over the No. 3 Arizona State University Sun Devils Saturday afternoon in front of a packed crowd of 6,457 fans at Packard Stadium.

Despite the loss, Saturday was a special day at Packard Stadium as ASU celebrated the coaching career of Bobby Winkles by naming the field after him, Bobby Winkles Field. A 20-minute ceremony preceded Saturday's game with ASU Athletic Director Gene Smith, ASU president Lattie Coor and Winkles giving speeches. Around 90 of Winkles players also came back and lined the foul lines to pay homage to their former coach. Winkles was ASU's first varsity baseball coach (1959-71) and compiled a 524-173 record and led ASU to three national championships during his tenure.

The Tigers ninth straight victory improved their season record to 12-2. LSU is now 4-1 all-time vs. the Sun Devils after opening the three-game series with consecutive wins. The Sun Devils lost consecutive games for the first time this year and stand at 13-4 for 2001.

Moore's career day almost single-handedly would have beaten the Devils. The first baseman tallied a double in his first at-bat, a towering two-run home run in the fourth, another two-run shot in the fifth, and then two more doubles in the sixth and ninth frames.

LSU climbed on the board with a single tally in the third, but ASU struck back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 2-1. Junior second baseman Brooks Conrad plated the first run with a single up the middle and then senior catcher Casey Myers scored another with a double to left-center field.

The brief 2-1 lead would be the closest the Sun Devils would get, as the Tigers exploded for 10 of their 15 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Designated hitter Zeph Zinsman led off the fourth with a solo home run and then Moore followed two batters later with his first round-tripper of the day. With a 7-2 lead, University of Washington transfer Todd Linden added insult to injury with a grand slam home run off ASU reliever Jered Liebeck.

The Devils showed signs of life in the bottom of the eighth when Myers delivered a run-scoring single and freshman first baseman Jeremy West produced his team-leading third home run of the year. Myers finished the day 2-for-4 and with two RBI is now only 47 shy of tying the Pac-10 and ASU career record. Junior outfielder Chris Duffy tabbed his second consecutive multi-hit game and shortstop Dennis Wyrick upped his season batting average to .400 with two hits. The Sun Devil offense left a season-high 15 runners on base.

LSU starter Shane Youman improved to 3-0 with a strong, three-run, 6.2 inning outing. Sun Devil starter Andy Torres was dealt his first loss of the year giving up five runs and seven hits in 3.1 innings. The Sun Devils used a season-high eight pitchers.

ASU and LSU will meet for the final game of the three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Left-handed pitcher Lane Mestapey (2-0, 5.17) will take to the hill for the Tigers. Arizona State will start redshirt freshman Mike Esposito. The hard-throwing right-hander will be making his first start in over a year after recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 5.0 innings out of the bullpen this year, Esposito has been solid and is slated to be a weekend starter for ASU when Pac-10 play begins.

LSU 15, Arizona State 7 (Mar 03, 2001 at Tempe, Ariz.)----------------------------------------------------------------------LSU................. 001 424 013  - 15 17  3      (12-2)Arizona State....... 002 001 031  -  7 12  1      (13-4)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: LSU - Youman, Brian(7), Scobie(8).Arizona State - Torres, Friedberg(4), Schroyer(6),Liebeck(6), Johnson(6), Jackson(7), Gutierrez(9), Ramirez(9).Win-Youman(3-0)  Loss-Torres(5-1)  T-3:54  A-6457HR LSU - Zinsman (7), Linden (3), Moore 2 (4). HR ASU - West (3).
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