Tigers lose rubber match to Gamecocks, 4-0

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No. 2 LSU (39-6, 16-5 SEC) lost its first series of the season Sunday, falling to No. 10 South Carolina (33-12, 13-8 SEC) by a score of 4-0 at Alex Box Stadium.

The paid attendance figure for the LSU-South Carolina series totaled 35,257, a new all-time high at Alex Box Stadium for a three-game series.

LSU continues its eight-game homestand against McNeese State Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net and LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

"It's really very simple, South Carolina just outplayed us this weekend," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the other team, and South Carolina played nearly perfect games over the past two days. Our players are giving everything that they have, and I know they're disappointed right now, but we're going to rebound from this. We've put ourselves in a great position up this point, and I know we're going to come back strong beginning on Tuesday against McNeese."

The Gamecocks seized a 2-0 lead in the first inning against LSU starter Kurt McCune with an RBI double from first baseman LB Dantzler and an RBI single off the bat of second baseman Max Schrock.

A sacrifice fly from third baseman Chase Vergason extended the Gamecocks' lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Another sacrifice fly in the ninth inning gave the Gamecocks an insurance run.

LSU collected six hits throughout the game, including doubles from designated hitter Sean McMullen and first baseman Mason Katz. However, the Gamecock pitching staff kept the Tigers in check, led by starting left-hander Jack Wynkoop (6-2), who allowed five hits in seven innings of work while striking out one.

McCune (3-1) suffered the defeat, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks in 2.2 innings.

LSU left-hander Brent Bonvillain provided four innings of solid relief, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two.

South Carolina closer Tyler Webb earned his 14th save of the season, blanking the Tigers over the final 1.1 innings.