Baton Rouge, La. The top-ranked Louisiana State baseball team needed a two-out, seventh-inning home run from Blake Dean to slip past Kansas University, 4-2, on Saturday.
The Jayhawks got two hits apiece from outfielder Casey Lytle and shortstop Brandon Macias, and six strong innings from Brett Bollman, but fell to 10-4. KU handed LSU its first loss of the season Friday night, and the rubber match of the three-game series will be at 1 p.m. today.
Much like Friday night, Kansas broke out to an early lead, but could not add to it. Sophomore catcher Chris Manship collected an RBI single in the first, while James Stanfield delivered a sacrifice fly, giving KU a 2-0 lead after one. That was all the offense the Jayhawks could muster, however.
Bollman, a senior, pitched 62⁄3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts. It was Bollman’s second quality start of the season.
Dean’s deciding home run came on a changeup off relief pitcher Wally Marciel with a man on to give LSU its first lead of the series at 4-2. The shot landed in the right-field bleachers.