Rapid Reaction: LSU 2, Vanderbilt 1 

May, 11, 2012
No. 4 LSU stayed in first place in the SEC Friday thanks to the arm of ace pitcher Kevin Gausman. The big right-hander pitched a five-hitter, out-pitching Vanderbilt's T.J. Pecoraro 2-1 in the first game of the three-game SEC series. LSU (39-11, 17-8) stayed in first place in the SEC with five games to go and clinched at least a share of the SEC West.

Overview: Gausman (8-1) was the story, showing the form that has made him ESPN scout Keith Law's top college prospect in the June draft while throwing his first complete game of the season. Gausman struck out 11, walked just one and would have thrown a shutout if not for one bad play. He failed to touch first base taking the flip on Mike Yastrzemski's ground ball to first base in the third inning. That allowed the Commodores (24-25, 11-14) to score their only run of the night.

LSU also managed just five hits against Pecoraro (0-4), but the Tigers got two runs in the second inning and that was enough to move the Tigers within a win of a 40-win season.

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