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May 16, 2013

Rewind: LSU 7, Ole Miss 1

Both Mason Katz and Raph Rhymes had three hits, including home runs, to lead LSU to a 7-1 victory against Ole Miss on Thursday night at The Box.

LSU first inning - With one out, Mark Laird doubled. Alex Bregman singled home Laird. Katz doubled down the leftfield line, but Bregman was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Austin Anderson. Katz scored on a double by Rhymes. LSU 2, OLE MISS 0

LSU fourth inning - Katz hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. After Rhymes grounded out to first, Christian Ibarra hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 4, OLE MISS 0

LSU sixth inning - With one out, Rhymes hit an inside-the-park home run to centerfield. LSU 5, OLE MISS 0

Ole Miss seventh inning - With two out, Tanner Mathis and Anderson singled. Mathis scored on a single by Stuart Turner. LSU 5, OLE MISS 1

LSU seventh inning - With one out, Sean McMullen hit a home run over the rightfield fence. LSU 6, OLE Miss 1

LSU eighth inning - Katz doubled and moved to third on a single by Rhymes. After Ibarra walked, Katz scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Tyler Moore. LSU 7, OLE MISS 1

The two seniors - Katz and Rhymes - had big nights at the plate. Katz had two doubles and his 14th home run of the season. He also scored three runs. Katz is now tied for tenth place on LSU's all-time career rankings in doubles with 50 and runs batted in with 174. He is tied with Aaron Hill in doubles and Ryan Patterson in RBIs. Rhymes had a single, a double and an inside-the-park home run. His double in the first drove in Katz. Rhymes was flipped by the catcher Turner as he tried to score on his inside-the-park homer. Ole Miss centerfielder Auston Bousfield tried to make a diving catch on Rhymes' line drive which resulted in the home run.

Cody Glenn delivered his fourth straight solid start as he allowed one run in seven innings. Glenn scattered eight hits and struck out two. Five of the eight hits allowed by Glenn came with two out. Glenn lost his shutout when Ole Miss put together three straight singles with two out in the seventh. He pitched out of two-on, two-out trouble twice. In the second, Glenn got Will Allen to pop out to Katz at second base. In the sixth, he got Preston Overbey to ground out to the mound. The victory was the sixth of the season for Glenn, who has allowed only four earned runs in his last 28.1 innings.

Joey Bourgeois and Will LaMarche each threw an inning in relief of Glenn. Bourgeois, who gave up a two-out single, struck out one. LaMarche gave up two hits and hit a batter in the ninth. He retired Bousfield on a fly ball to centerfielder Andrew Stevenson to end the game.

JaCoby Jones injured his left hand in an accident in his apartment. He will be available only as a pinch-runner in the series against Ole Miss. Katz, normally a first baseman, made his second start of the season replacing Jones at second base. Tyler Moore took over for Katz at first base. Katz handled five chances without an error. Moore was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. . .Laird and Katz extended hitting streaks to four games with first-inning doubles. . .Katz' home run in the fourth was his first in 109 plate appearances. His last homer came against Missouri on March 31. Katz has 14 home runs this year - the most in a season for him. . .Ibarra's homer was his sixth of the season. Only Katz has more home runs. . .Rhymes' homer was his third of the year. . .McMullen's homer was his second of the season. . .The last time LSU had two homers in a game was April 20 at Alabama. The Tigers matched their season-high with four homers in a game. They hit four on March 30 at Missouri. . .LSU had not hit more than two home runs in a home game this season. . .The Tigers were 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position. . .Ole Miss starting pitcher Michael Mayers allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. Mathis, who played at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, had four of the Rebels' 11 hits. LSU is 47-7 overall, 22-6 in the SEC. The 47 victories tie the school record for most regular-season wins. The 1986 team had a 47-12 regular-season record. The 22 SEC victories tie the school record for conference wins. The 1986 team had a 22-5 SEC record, while the 1997 team had a 22-7 league mark. . .Ole Miss is 35-19 overall, 14-14 in the SEC. The Rebels are tied with Florida for sixth place in the overall SEC standings. . .The actual crowd was 7,741.

Coach Paul Mainieri

"It's mind-numbing when you keep hearing all the things this team has done. Anytime you do something here which hasn't been done before with all the great teams LSU has had, it is newsworthy. We faced a real tough pitcher (Mayers) tonight. Our kids had a great approach against him in the first inning. The next couple of innings we hit the ball on the nose and line drives all over the place even though we didn't score."

(on Mason Katz ending his home run drought): "I was watching Mason take batting practice today. It was the best batting practice session he had in a month. He looked so confident. He hit the ball hard four times tonight. If Mason gets locked in like he was earlier in the year, he can put the team on his back."

(on Cody Glenn's performance): "Cody was the key to the game. He did a terrific job. He made the big pitch when he had to. It was an outing reminiscent of a Ryan Eades outing. Base-runners don't count. The idea is not to let the runners score. Both Glenn and Eades have the ability to stop the bleeding."

(on JaCoby Jones' injury): "Before the UNO game, he was flexing his (left) wrist. He told me that he had tweaked it the other night. He went out there and swung the bat really well Tuesday. He was squeezing his glove when he was fielding ground balls at practice Wednesday. Our trainer noticed it. We took JaCoby to a hand specialist. There was no fracture. The MRI showed some irregularity. His hand is sore. We decided to rest him and get all the soreness out of his hand before he gets back in there. We'll re-evaluate him after the weekend."

Mason Katz
"I knew the next home run was going to come. I felt it was going to happen this weekend. I swung the bat well against UNO. My batting practices have been much better recently. Coach (Mainieri) told me I was going to hit one today after watching me in batting practice."
(on playing second base): "I love second base. It's a fun little thing to do. I don't mind it at all. Playing next to Alex Bregman is great. He is a great communicator. Alex is so smart. That play in the first inning (covered third base to complete a double play on a bunt) shows how smart he is."

Raph Rhymes
(on his inside-the-park homer): "I knew for sure I had a triple when the ball got past the outfielder. When I saw (third base) coach (Will) Davis wave me home, I had to turn it on. Inside-the-park homers are rare. I saw (the catcher) Turner come up the line. I went up and he went up at the same time. I ended up flipping. I was trying to land on my back or on my feet."

Cody Glenn
"I had more up and down movement on my pitches. It's harder to hit my pitches when I have depth on them. I'm throwing with a lot more confidence now. I had far too many mistake pitches tonight. Fortunately, they just got singles and I was able to pitch around them."

LSU will play Ole Miss at The Box on Friday at 7:15 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies, including the naming of Skip Bertman Field and recognition of the 1993 national championship team, will begin at 6:55 p.m. Kurt McCune (3-1, 3.38 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.



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