BATON ROUGE, La. — Freshman Alex Meyer made his first career Southeastern Conference start and held LSU to a season-low two hits, but Ryan Schimpf belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning to break a tie and lift the No. 4 Tigers to a 3-1 series-clinching win over Kentucky Sunday in front of 9,185 fans at Alex Box Stadium.
The Cats won Sunday's first game 5-2 behind starter Chris Rusin and catcher Marcus Nidiffer. Rusin pitched a seven-inning complete game, giving up two runs and striking out six for the win. Nidiffer was 3-for-3 with a home run and a double.
Meyer, a 6-foot-8, 205-pounder, got the start in the second game of the doubleheader.
Meyer, rated as the second-best freshman in the nation by Baseball America in the pre-season, struck out five batters and had not given up a hit before Schimpf's one-out homer in the fourth. Meyer exited after five innings, giving up two hits and three earned runs. He also had six strikeouts and five walks.
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"He looked like he was throwing the ball 100 mph," LSU Coach Paul Mainieri said of Meyer. "Kentucky's three starters (James Paxton, Rusin and Meyer) presented as great of a challenge as any we've ever faced. If every team in the league has three arms as good as those, it's going to be a long year."
The doubleheader consisted of two seven-inning games.