LSU pounds Arizona State, 20-3

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2005

BATON ROUGE – Fifth-ranked LSU used a memorable 12-run fourth inning, highlighted by four consecutive home runs from Blake Gill, Ryan Patterson, Clay Harris and Nick Stavinoha to overpower Arizona State en route to a 20-3 victory at Alex Box Stadium on Sunday.

Gill, who finished the game with five RBI, started the fourth-inning barrage with his second career grand slam, drilling a first pitch fastball from Jason Urquidez off of the “Intimidator” billboard in right field. It was the first grand slam by LSU since Will Harris’ slam nearly a year ago to the day, on March 12, 2004 versus Southeastern Louisiana.

Patterson collected his second two-homer game in as many days when he followed Gill and delivered a solo shot into the left field bleachers. The senior outfielder got the Tigers on the board in the first with a three-run blast. Patterson finished the weekend 7-for-12 with four homers, eight runs scored and seven RBI.

Clay Harris and Stavinoha followed with solo homers of their own in the fourth inning, as LSU launched four consecutive home runs, the first time that feat was accomplished in the program’s history.

LSU had produced three consecutive homers in a game before, on May 23, 1998, against Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA Regional in Alex Box Stadium.

The power display continued over the Tigers’ final four innings when they reached the 20-run plateau in the eighth on Rhett Buteau’s RBI triple.