Errors, walks give Ole Miss easy win over LSU

LSU committed two costly errors in the ninth inning of its series finale against Vanderbilt, leading to a 9-8 come-from-behind win for the Commodores. In their first Southeastern Conference road game, the Tigers got their mistakes out of the way early and allowed Ole Miss to cruise to a 9-3 win Friday night at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.

 The Tigers (14-10, 1-3 SEC) committed three errors and allowed a season-high nine walks to drop their fourth game in a row. Heading into the second game of the series, LSU looked to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since the week of Feb. 20, 2000, when they were swept by Houston, loss to McNeese State and fell in the first game of their series at Arizona State.

Ole Miss (15-6, 1-3) scored three runs in each of the first two innings to build a lead LSU would not be able to surmount. The Rebels bats were responsible for the first three, and Tiger errors led to a 6-1 lead for the home team.

The Rebels loaded the bases against LSU starter Bo Petit (L, 2-3) with one out on a single from Burney Hutchinson and walks to Shane Smith and Bryce Morrison. Chad Sterbens drove in two runs with a single, and Josh Christian came up with a two-out double for a 3-0 Ole Miss lead.

LSU produced with a single run in the top of the second inning after Matt Heath led off with a walk. With one out, Heath stole third and scored when catcher Charlie Waite's throw went into the outfield.

Waite redeemed himself with a single to lead of the bottom of the second, and Clint Farrar followed with a double. Pettit issued a walk to Hutchinson to load the bases again.

It looked like the Tigers would soften the blow when Smith hit a double-play grounder to Aaron Hill at short, but Hill couldn't control the ball and allowed everyone to remain safe and Ole Miss to take a 4-1 lead. Pettit retired the next two batters but Drew Rogers drove in two unearned runs on a single to right center.

Ole Miss got two more unearned runs in the fourth after Wally Pontiff mishandled a grounder to third, setting up Christian for his second two-run double of the game.

Pettit left the game after 4 1/3 innings having allowed a career-high eight walks an.

LSU's only damage against Ole Miss starter J.R. Pickens (W, 4-1) came in the ninth inning when J.C. Holt tripled to left center. Pickens logged his first career complete game with eight strikeouts and one earned run.

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