Baseball takes two at No. 14 LSU
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Waking up to a 4-2 lead, Ole Miss won a pair Saturday at Alex Box Stadium, earning a second straight series win at No. 14 LSU. It’s the first time since 1964 and 1965 that the Rebels have claimed back-to-back series in Baton Rouge.
GAME ONE | Ole Miss 5, LSU 3
Ole Miss started the day with a 4-2 lead over the action the night before. Having already thrown 38 pitches the day before, Dylan DeLucia came back and twirled a jewel for his fifth victory. The junior went over seven, allowing three total hits on three hits, tying his career high of nine strikeouts.
In relief of DeLucia was Rebel closer Brandon Johnsonstriking out four batters to lock in his eighth save.
After suspending play the day before with two strikes on the board, DeLucia picked up where he left off, pumping a fastball past Callier Cranford for a strikeout. The right-hander would retire the next batter, Gavin Dugas, on three pitches.
Meanwhile, Tim Elco nailed another insurance for DeLucia in the fifth, hammering a solo bomb into the left-field landing section to make it a 5-2 lead for the Rebels. It was Elko’s 18and of the season and 40and of his career, tying Brad Henderson for fourth all-time at Ole Miss.
A solo home run by Jordan Thompson ended a 13-game batting out streak by DeLucia. After a single, the junior came out in favor of Johnson, who escaped the jam with a fly out and consecutive strikeouts to keep the lead intact.
Johnson came back for the ninth and slammed the door shutting down two more in a 1-2-3 frame to lock in the series-opening victory for the Rebels.
GAME TWO | Ole Miss 11, LSU 1
With the momentum on his side, Ole Miss continued the good vibes in Game 2 of the afternoon, attacking the Tigers early and earning a series win at Alex Box Stadium.
Matching DeLucia’s electric outing, Elliott has been giving the Tiger hitters trouble all day. The true freshman went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, tying his career high with nine strikeouts. josh mallitz did the rest, removing three in 2.1 frames.
The Rebels fought their way to a rapid advance in the first, with Elko and Kevin Graham hammering back-to-back solo shots to give Ole Miss a two-point lead. Elko’s line-drive dinger was 41st of his career, moving the senior slugger to par with Matt Smith and Matt Snyder for second place all-time in program history.
Hayden Dunhurst doubled the advantage in the second, tossing a two-point bomb into right field to make it a four-point lead.
After Elliott left riders in the corners on third, Ole Miss blew things up on fourth. Jacob Gonzalez started things off with a single in the middle, bringing home Peyton Chatagnier. Elko then reached on an error, scoring Bench from third.
After a few points, the Rebels made the Tigers pay for the error. Alderman of Kemp spanked a one-liner just inside the left foul line, bringing Gonzalez and Elko, and TJ McCants finished things off with a right-hand single, tackling Alderman to put the Rebs firmly in control until 9-0.
After fabricating runs on the previous frame, Ole Miss returned to the long ball to add to the fifth. With two outs on the board, Bench took a bullet the other way into the right-hand bleachers, a solo job to increase the lead to 10-0.
The Tigers threatened to cut the lead late in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. However, Elliott pulled himself out of trouble, allowing only one race to pass.
The Rebels took advantage of another Tiger error in the eighth to salvage the point and regain the 10-point lead. Having reached earlier in the inning on a pitch error, Gonzalez headed home easily on by Kevin Graham third hit of the day, a sharp single to right field.
It was more than enough as the rebel arms continued to mow down the Tiger lineup to complete the second win of the day to win the series.
Ole Miss will look to wipe the slate clean on Sunday, returning to Alex Box Stadium for a first pitch at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network+ and the call can be heard via the Ole Miss radio network.
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