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May 18, 2013Raph Rhymes hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give LSU a 5-4 victory against Ole Miss at Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field on Friday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Ole Miss first inning - With one out Austin Anderson doubled. After Stuart Turner grounded out to third baseman Christian Ibarra, Anderson scored on a single by Andrew Mistone. OLE MISS 1, LSU 0
LSU fourth inning - Alex Bregman beat out an infield hit and moved to third on a single by Mason Katz. A sacrifice fly by Rhymes drove in Bregman. After Ibarra walked, an infield single by Tyler Moore loaded the bases. Katz scored on a walk to Ty Ross. LSU 2, OLE MISS 1
LSU fifth inning - Mark Laird tripled and scored on Bregman's ground out to second base. LSU 3, OLE MISS 1
Ole Miss seventh inning - Will Jamison singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch by Nick Rumbelow. After Tanner Mathis walked, Anderson singled home Jamison. Both Mathis and Anderson moved up a base on Turner's ground out to Moore at first base. Mathis scored on Mistone's ground out to Ibarra. OLE MISS 3, LSU 3
Ole Miss eighth inning - Sikes Orvis walked. Pinch-runner Cameron Dishon moved to second on a wild pitch by Joey Bourgeois. Holt Perdzock struck out on a pitch in the dirt. Dishon advanced to third on the catcher Ross' throw to first base. Dishon scored when Moore made a wild throw to third base. OLE MISS 4, LSU 3
LSU eighth inning - With one out, Katz singled. Rhymes hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 5, OLE MISS 4
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
First inning - With one out, Laird singled. Laird moved to second base when Bregman grounded out to third. Laird was stranded at second as Katz grounded out to shortstop.
LSU HITTING STAR
Rhymes had just one hit, but it was a big one - a two-run homer in the eighth inning which turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead. The home run was the fourth of the year for Rhymes, who had an inside-the-park homer in the first game of the series. The four homers match the most hit by Rhymes in a season. He also hit four home runs in 2012. Rhymes now has 11 career homers. Rhymes drove in the Tigers' first run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Kurt McCune worked a season-high four innings in which he allowed one run and three hits. McCune walked one and hit two batters with two strikeouts. McCune permitted just runner to get past first base in his last three innings. With Mathis on third base and two out in the third, McCune got Mistone to pop out to the first baseman Moore.
Nate Fury pitched out of trouble in his one inning. After allowing a single and hitting a batter, Fury uncorked a wild pitch. With two out, Fury retired Mistone on a ground ball to Katz at second base. Rumbelow had no problem in the sixth, but allowed two runs in the seventh. The first three batters reached on two singles sandwiched around a walk. Rumbelow stranded the go-ahead run at second by getting Auston Bousfield to ground out to Ibarra. A four-pitch walk and wild pitch by Bourgeois led to an Ole Miss run in the eighth. The run scored on a throwing error by Moore. Kevin Berry replaced Bourgeois as soon as the Rebels took the lead. Berry got into trouble when he yielded a two-out double to Jamison. After intentionally walking Mathis, Berry retired Anderson on a fly ball to centerfielder Andrew Stevenson. Chris Cotton worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 12th save of the season.
Todd Walker was the representative of the 1993 LSU national championship team to speak during the pre-game ceremonies. Walker was one of five former major league baseball players from the 1993 team who were present at the stadium Friday. The other four were Russ Johnson, Brett Laxton, Warren Morris and Mike Sirotka. . .LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva handled the ceremonies in which Skip Bertman Field was dedicated. Bertman addressed the crowd for about seven minutes. . .Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco was an assistant coach under Bertman on the 1993 team. . .LSU used the exact same lineup for the second straight day. Katz was at second base with Moore at first base. Katz handled seven chances without an error. . .Laird extended his hitting streak to five games with an infield single in the first. Katz extended his hitting streak to five games with a single in the fourth. . .McMullen went 0-for-4 and had his hitting streak end at four games. . .Ole Miss starting pitcher Sam Smith, who played at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, allowed two runs and four hits in 3.1 innings. . .Rebels reliever Aaron Greenwood had retired 12 of 13 batters before allowing the single by Katz and the homer by Rhymes in the eighth. . .Mathis, who is also from Barbe, has reached base in all ten plate appearances in the series. He has six singles, two walks and two hit-by-pitches. . .The Tigers were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. . .LSU is 48-7 overall, 23-6 in the SEC. The 48 victories are the most in the regular season in school history. The 23 conference victories are the most in school history. . .Ole Miss is 35-20 overall, 14-15 in the SEC. The Rebels are tied with Florida for seventh place in the overall SEC standings. . .The actual crowd was 10,015.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Paul Mainieri
"I can't tell you how proud I am of this team. We have won games in all kinds of ways this year. We have won by big scores and we've won tight games. We have won games where we have come from behind and we have won games where we have to hold on."
(on the winning rally): "Rhymes stayed right through that pitch. When it left the bat, it was a no-doubter. But, the big at-bat was the one by Katz. He fought back from a 0-2 count to get that hit. He fouled off some tough pitches and he took some good pitches."
"I wanted to find a way to get on. At the start of the inning, I told Bregman to do anything to get on base and I would get him in. He didn't get on base. I got down 0-2. But, I battled back and fouled off some pitches. Luckily, I found a hole and then turned it over to Raph. I had a good feeling when he hit it."
"I was really just trying to put the ball in play. I wasn't really looking for anything. I got a good pitch to hit (hanging breaking ball). (Greenwood) did a good job keeping us off balance. He was throwing both of his pitches for strikes. That win was for Skip (Bertman)."
LSU will play Ole Miss at The Box on Saturday at noon. Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.29 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.