The Tigers bounced back from a below average performance on Wednesday and defeated Ole Miss 11-2. The Black Bears ran into a no-win situation not only having to face LSU’s ace Kevin Gausman, but the LSU offense turned hot.
Ole Miss simply could not keep LSU runners off base. The Tigers as a team batted .436 and had a .528 on base percentage. Six of the 11 batters recorded two hits, led by Tyler Hanover’s four and Austin Nola’s three hits.
LSU started the scoring off in the top of the first inning, am I the only one that found it odd that LSU was visiting team even though they are the top ranked team, lets get back to the game. Tyler Moore (1-2, 2 RBI, BB) hit a sacrifice fly and Ty Ross (2-5, 2 RBI) drove in the first two runs to take an early 2-0 lead.
Ross drove in his second run in the third inning allowing Mason Katz (2-5, 2 runs, bb) to score giving LSU a 3-1 lead. Ross, who had missed the last few weeks of action, did not show any rust in his first start.
The Tigers went scoreless in the fourth and fifth inning. In the sixth inning, with Tyler Hanover on third base, Grant Dozar (1-3, runs and RBI) hit a successful squeeze bunt to give LSU a 4-1 lead.
Ole Miss would add a final run against Kevin Gausman in the bottom on the sixth bringing the score to 4-2, but that is when things blew up for Ole Miss. The Tigers scored five runs in the eight innings and two in the ninth to help pull away from the Rebels.
The five runs in the seventh were due to seven straight batters reaching base. Austin Nola (3-5, 3 runs, RBI) and Jordy Snikeris (2-2, 2 runs, 4 RBIs) both hit doubles, scoring three of the runs. By the time the inning ended, they led 9-2 and Kevin Gausman’s day was over.
Gausman dominated the Ole Miss batters all day. Limiting Ole Miss to only .259 battering and struck out seven. His seven strikeouts leaves him two behind Chris Stratton for the lead in the conference.
Jordy Snikeris would add a two-run homerun in the ninth to give the Tigers their finale score of 11-2. Besides Rhymes, Snikeris has one of the hottest bats on the team and should replace Dozar as the every day DH.
The win means that the Tigers get to play afternoon baseball on Friday. LSU will matchup once against with Mississippi State at 3:00pm in a elimination game.