Finale Victory

BATON ROUGE - Ole Miss won the last game of the regular season 11-9 against LSU in another game where the home run was a big key.


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Ole Miss had four round-trippers on the day.

"It was a big win on a lot of levels," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, his team now 36-20 overall and 15-15 in Southeastern Conference play.

The Rebels, seeded sixth, now play Kentucky, the 11th seed, in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. Tuesday.

LSU, now 48-8, 23-7, chose to sit some starters and regulars for this one.

"You start Bobby Wahl on the last day," Bianco said. "They play some non-starters, and you think you're in good shape. But it's a baseball game and anything can happen. I was really proud of the way the guys hung in there and made it happen."

Ole Miss had taken a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run home run by Preston Overbey.

But in the third LSU put up seven runs and chased Bobby Wahl from the game. Six of the runs were attributed to him.

"Bobby just looked exhausted out there," Bianco said. "In the pen he looked terrific. Very hot today. Lot of short rest. Lot of breaking of the routine for Bobby, starting way back a couple of weeks ago. We want him to pitch next week, but we want to get him ready and primed for the (NCAA) Regional. He's a warrior; just wasn't his day today."

As for Wahl in Hoover?

"We'll have to see," Bianco said. "He only threw 60 pitches, so we'll have to see. He wouldn't throw the first couple of days."

Chris Ellis came in and went 2.1 innings.

A three-run homer in the fourth from Austin Anderson pulled Ole Miss back to within striking distance at 7-5.

In the five-run seventh, Overbey's three-run home run and Will Allen's two-run round-tripper accounted for the runs that put Ole Miss ahead 10-9 as the Rebels trailed 9-5 heading into the inning.

"This is the time of year where everybody needs to get hot," said Overbey, with five home runs this season now. "Our offense showed it today the way everybody played."

Tanner Bailey and Matt Denny got the Rebels to the seventh. After there was a Tiger aboard, Brett Huber entered in the seventh and was able to get the final two outs for the score to remain the same.

Ole Miss added a run in the eighth. Stuart Turner singled and eventually scored from third base on a double play ball from Sikes Orvis that allowed him to get home for an 11-9 UM lead.

"Really didn't want to go to him that early," Bianco said of Huber, "and we knew it would take a huge effort from him. He was ready to go and did a terrific job."

Huber admitted quickly how he felt in the ninth inning after ultimately pitching two and two-thirds innings.

"I was tired," he said after getting 12th save of the season. "But you can't give up out here. Coach (Bianco) asks so much for us. We all rely on each other. I wasn't coming out of that game. I was going to finish it. I'm tired but glad we got out of here with a win."

Denny (2-1) got the win. LSU reliever Kevin Berry (4-1) got the loss.

In an offensive day, the Tigers had 15 hits and the Rebels 14.


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