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May 18, 2013Seventh-inning home runs by Preston Overbey and Will Allen enabled Ole Miss to rally for an 11-9 victory against LSU at The Box in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
Ole Miss second inning - Andrew Mistone singled. After Sikes Orvis grounded out to first baseman Chris Chinea, Overbey hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. OLE MISS 2, LSU 0
LSU third inning - Casey Yocom singled and went to third on a hit-and-run single by Andrew Stevenson. After Nate Fury struck out, Chris Sciambra drove in Yocom with a hit-and-run single. Alex Edward singled in Stevenson. A hit-and-run single by Tyler Moore brought in Sciambra. Edward, who went to third on Moore's hit, scored on a sacrifice fly by Chinea. After a walk to Michael Barash, Jared Foster doubled home Moore. Casey Yocom singled home Barash and Foster. LSU 7, OLE MISS 2
Ole Miss fourth inning - With one out, Tanner Mathis and Auston Bousfield walked. Austin Anderson hit a three-run homer over the rightfield fence. LSU 7, OLE MISS 5
LSU sixth inning - With one out Moore walked and Chinea singled. Barash walked to load the bases. Moore scored when Foster forced Barash with a ground ball to the second baseman. Yocom singled home Chinea. LSU 9, OLE MISS 5
Ole Miss seventh inning - With one out, Mistone singled and Orvis walked. Overbey hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. Will Jamison doubled and stole third base. Allen hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. OLE MISS 10, LSU 9
Ole Miss eighth inning - Stuart Turner singled and advanced to third on a single by Mistone. Turner scored when Orvis hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Fifth inning - With one out, Yocom singled. Stevenson bunted Yocom to second base. After Fury walked, Sciambra grounded out to first base.
Ninth inning - Fury singled. After Sciambra flied out to centerfield and Edward flied out to rightfield, Moore walked. Chinea grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
LSU HITTING STAR
On a day in which numerous LSU reserves stood out at the plate, no one was better than Yocom. Making his second start of the year, Yocom had four singles and drove in three runs - both career highs. Yocom was the sixth Tigers player to get four hits in a game. The others were Alex Bregman, Mark Laird, Sean McMullen, Raph Rhymes and Sciambra. Laird had two four-hit games this season. Yocom had a two-run single to complete a seven-run third inning and a RBI single in the sixth.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Ryan Eades had his first poor outing since April 20 at Alabama. Eades lasted four innings and allowed five runs and seven hits. Eades had given up five runs and eight hits in four innings against both Arkansas and Alabama. All of Ole Miss' runs came on homers - a two-run shot by Overbey in the second and a three-run blast by Anderson in the fourth. Arkansas' Jake Wise was the only player to have homered off Eades before Saturday. Eades, who walked three and struck out two, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third by getting Jamison to fly out to Stevenson in centerfield.
Brent Bonvillain had two easy innings in the fifth and sixth as he retired six of seven batters. With one out in the seventh, Bonvillain gave up a single and a walk. Kevin Berry took over for Bonvillain and blew LSU's four-run lead in a span of three batters - homers by Overbey and Allen sandwiched around a double by Jamison. Berry, who got the victory Friday, took the loss Saturday. Hunter Newman made his SEC pitching debut and allowed one run and two hits in two innings.
LSU lost for the first time this season when scoring at least five runs in a game. The Tigers were 39-0 prior to Saturday when scoring at least five runs. . .Coach Paul Mainieri left the game in the eighth inning so he could attend his son Tommy's high school graduation which started at 4 p.m. . .All four senior position players were in the starting lineup - Rhymes in leftfield, Yocom at shortstop, Mason Katz at second base and Edward at designated hitter. Rhymes and Katz, who batted first and second in the lineup, were lifted after the first inning. . .Moore started for a third straight game - this time at third base. Four other reserves were in the starting lineup - Sciambra in centerfield, Chinea at first base, Barash at catcher and Foster in rightfield. . .Stevenson went in for Rhymes. He played his normal centerfield position with Sciambra shifting to leftfield. Fury replaced Katz at second base. . . After Rhymes and Katz were removed from the game, no one in the LSU lineup had as many as 90 official at-bats this season. . .Yocom's last multiple-hit game came against Alcorn State on April 2. Yocom was 1-for-14 since that game against Alcorn. Yocom had five hits all year before Saturday. Yocom, who had a two-run single in the third, had never driven in more than one run in a game in his career. . .Edward had his first two-hit game since the Alcorn game. Edward was 3-for-14 since that game. . .Moore had his first multiple-hit game since March 1 against Brown. Moore was 11-for-47 since that game against Brown. . .Chinea had his second two-hit game of the season. He had two hits on February 22 against Southeastern Louisiana. Chinea was 8-for-37 since that game against SLU. . .Fury's double in the seventh was his first hit of the season. Fury also singled in the ninth. He had no at-bats before Saturday's game. Normally a pitcher, Fury did play infield during high school. . .The Tigers were 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position. . .Ole Miss starter Bobby Wahl allowed six runs and six hits in 2.2 innings. The most runs Wahl had allowed in a game this season was four against Florida International. . .Brett Huber registered his 12th save of the season by throwing 2.2 innings of shutout relief. . .Eades had allowed just one home run this year before Saturday's game. Overbey and Anderson hit homers for the Rebels. . .Home plate umpire Danny Everett had to leave the game after being hit in the fask mask twice on foul balls in a one-inning span. Second base umpire Randy Watkins moved behind the plate for the rest of the game. . .Former LSU pitcher Paul Byrd was the analyst on the CBS Sports Network broadcast of the game. . .The actual crowd was 8,167. The total actual attendance for the series was 25,923. For the year, the paid attendance is now 413,588 - a school record. LSU finished the regular season with a 48-8 record and a 23-7 SEC record. Both victory totals were school highs. Ole Miss ended the regular season with a 36-20 overall record, 15-15 in the SEC. The Rebels finished sixth in the overall SEC standings.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Pitching coach Alan Dunn
"Today was a tough grinding day for both teams. Ryan didn't have his 'A' game. He has pitched very good for us this year. This was just one of those days when he got himself in counts where he didn't execute pitches. Baseball is a humbling game. You have to have a short memory. (Pitchers) made some mistakes today with pitches in the strike zone. Ole Miss didn't quit and we didn't execute pitches. But, we are not going to dwell on it. Our goals are ahead of us."
"It was a special day for me getting to start with the other seniors. It was really a special day for me. I just tried to keep it simple and have fun. You could see how loose everyone was today. We didn't put pressure on ourselves. We competed against a first-round draft pick (Bobby Wahl). This game gives me a lot of confidence going into the postseason if I have to fill in for JaCoby (Jones) or (Alex) Bregman or (Christian) Ibarra. I assured the coaches that I can get the job done."
"It is always great when you see it pay off in games (for the bench players). We haven't played in a while. Today was a great opportunity. To see what we did today speaks to our depth. It also shows how good our starting lineup is. This game gives (reserves) confidence going into the postseason."
LSU will play the winner of the Alabama-Auburn game on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Southeastern Conference tournament at Hoover (Ala.) Metropolitan Stadium. Aaron Nola (10-0, 1.99 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.