Connor Hale scored on an error by shortstop Errol Robinson to give LSU a 4-3 victory in 13 innings against Ole Miss on Thursday night at Swayze Field in Oxford.
HOW THEY SCORED
Ole Miss second inning - Sikes Orvis hit a leadoff home run over the rightfield fence. OLE MISS 1, LSU 0
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LSU third inning - Hale walked and moved to third on a single by Christian Ibarra. After Kramer Robertson popped out to the first baseman, Hale scored on a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder by Sean McMullen. LSU 1, OLE MISS 1
LSU sixth inning - Alex Bregman began the inning with a single. After Kade Scivicque flied out to the rightfielder, Bregman advanced to third on a single by Tyler Moore. After Andrew Stevenson struck out, Bregman scored when second baseman Preston Overbey made an error on Hale's ground ball. LSU 2, OLE MISS 1
Ole Miss eighth inning - Robinson started the inning with a single. Braxton Lee forced Robinson with a ground ball to the second baseman Robertson. Lee went to second on a single by Auston Bousfield. A walk to Austin Anderson loaded the bases. Lee scored on a ground out to Robertson by Will Allen. LSU 2, OLE MISS 2
LSU 11th inning - Hale singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ibarra. Hale advanced to third on a wild pitch by Josh Laxer and scored on a pinch-hit single by Jake Fraley. LSU 3 OLE MISS 2
Ole Miss 11th inning - Allen singled and went to second on an error by the centerfielder Stevenson. Pinch-runner Cameron Dishon moved to third on a fly out to the rightfielder Laird by Orvis. Dishon scored on a sacrifice fly to Stevenson by J.B. Woodman. LSU 3, OLE MISS 3
LSU 13th inning - With one out, Hale doubled. After a walk to Ibarra, Hale scored when Robinson made an error on Danny Zardon's ground ball. LSU 4, OLE MISS 3
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Seventh inning - With one out, McMullen singled. Singles by Laird and Bregman loaded the bases. Scivicque hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Eighth inning - With two out, Hale singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Chris Ellis. Ibarra struck out.
Ninth inning - Robertson singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Jared Foster. Laird flied out to the centerfielder and Bregman popped out to the first baseman.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Hale, who went hitless in last weekend's series against Arkansas, had three hits and scored three of LSU's four runs. Hale walked and scored on McMullen's sacrifice fly in the third. Hale had a leadoff single in the 11th and scored on Fraley's pinch-hit single. Then, Hale hit a one-out double in the 13th and scored the winning run on an error. The Tigers' second run came across on an error on a ground ball hit by Hale. He also had an eighth-inning single. Hale has five hits in the last two games.
For the third time this season, Aaron Nola was unable to pick up a victory on the road despite delivering a quality start. Nola allowed two runs and eight hits in 7.2 innings. Ole Miss' first run came on Orvis' solo homer in the second. The Rebels' second run came on Allen's infield ground ball in the eighth. In two innings, Nola stranded a runner at second base. He struck out Allen to end the first and got Overbey to fly out to Laird in the seventh. A missed squeeze bunt enabled Nola to escape a jam in the fifth. Nola has no-decisions in starts at Vanderbilt and Ole Miss - games which the Tigers won. He dropped a 2-1 game at Florida.
Joe Broussard was unable to protect a one-run lead in the bottom of the 11th inning. But, a misplay by Stevenson in centerfield on Allen's single led to the Ole Miss run. Broussard entered the game with runners at second and third and two out in the eighth. He preserved a 2-2 tie by getting Orvis to ground out to Robertson. In the tenth, Broussard retired Anderson on a fly ball to leftfielder Jared Foster with the winning run at second and two out. Broussard threw a season-high 3.1 innings. Both Parker Bugg and Kurt McCune threw a perfect inning. Bugg, who picked up his second victory, struck out two batters. McCune, who recorded his second save, got two outs on ground balls in the 13th inning.
Moore was the catcher with Scivicque the designated hitter. Hale started at first base with Robertson at second base. Five reserves were used. Foster pinch-hit for McMullen and stayed in the game in leftfield. Chris Sciambra replaced Scivcique as the designated hitter in the 12th. Chris Chinea batted for Moore in the tenth and took over behind the plate. Fraley batted for Robertson when he collected his RBI single in the 11th. Zardon replaced Robertson at second base. . .McMullen, Laird and Bregman each had two singles. The multiple-hit game was the first for McMullen since April 6 against Mississippi State. McMullen was 2-for-18 since that game against the Bulldogs. . .LSU stranded 14 runners, eight in scoring position. The Tigers were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. . .Ellis, the Rebels' starting pitcher, gave up two runs and eight hits in eight innings. . .Laxer, Ole Miss' closer, was charged with the winning run in the 13th. . .Orvis and Robinson each had two hits for the Rebels. . . LSU played a 13-inning game earlier this season against Georgia. That game ended in a 2-2 tie due to a curfew. . .Two years ago, the Tigers opened their series at Oxford with a 4-3, 13-inning victory against Ole Miss. LSU split the next two games to win the series. . .The Tigers are 29-9-1 overall, 9-6-1 in the SEC. LSU is in third place in the overall conference standings - one game behind Alabama. . .The Rebels are 29-10, 9-7 in the SEC. Ole Miss is in fourth place in the overall league standings. . .The paid attendance was 9, 861.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"I'm extremely proud of the way our team competed in a very tough environment. This was a real test of character and our players came through with a tremendous victory. Ole Miss was undefeated in SEC games at home. What we have to do now is build on the momentum created by the win tonight and continue it through the rest of the series."
LSU will play Ole Miss in the second game of their Southeastern Conference series at Swayze Field in Oxford on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Jared Poche (6-2) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.