Tigers hold off Ole Miss comeback

LSU watched a 4-0 lead fall by the wayside against Ole Miss and had to stave off a ninth-inning comeback in order to win the second game of the series between the two schools, 6-5, at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss. The win stopped a four-game losing streak for the Tigers.

Lane Mestepey threw his second complete game of the season, holding off the Rebels in the bottom of the ninth after they put the tying and go-ahead runs on base with no outs. A night after Bo Pettit posted a career-high nine walks, Mestepey issued the most walks he's ever allowed in a game – five – but was able to improve to 4-2.

LSU (15-10, 2-3 SEC) broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning with a RBI single from Blake Gill. The eventual winning run came on Aaron Hill's two-out double down the left field line in the eighth that drove in David Raymer.

A sacrifice fly from Josh Christian in the bottom of the eighth got Ole Miss (15-7, 1-4) back within a run, but the ninth inning comeback was not to be for the Rebels.

The Tigers plated two runs in first inning thanks to three singles in a row from J.C. Holt, Aaron Hill and Wally Pontiff. Holt scored on Pontiff's base hit, and Hill came home on a passed ball charged to Ole Miss catcher Charlie Waite.

The same three-single formula produced another run for LSU in the second inning, as Chris Phillips, David Raymer and Holt logged base hits to produce the Tigers' third run.

Sean Barker led off the third with a double left and scored on another double to left from Blake Gill with one out to make the score 4-0.

A two-run home run from Burney Hutchinson in the bottom of the third – just the second Ole Miss hit off Mestepey - cut LSU's lead in half. After a bases-loaded walk drew Ole Miss to within one run in the fourth inning, the Rebels tied the game in a fifth inning field with some out-of-the-ordinary defense.

After Ole Miss put runners on the corners with one out, LSU recorded the second out using the hidden ball trick. Wally Pontiff tagged the unknowing Hutchinson as he took his lead off third bases.

The Tigers then caught Jonathan Swearingen lingering off first and had him in a rundown for what should have been the third out, but Hill failed to apply the tag and allowed Swearingen to slide safely back into first. Seth Smith followed with a double to left field that Matt Heath had trouble getting out of his glove. Swearingen took advantage of the bobble and kept going past third to tie the game.

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