Last One Standing

Ole Miss and LSU played nearly five hours Thursday night. And it came down to which team's mistakes cost them less. Advantage LSU, which won 4-3 in 13 innings.


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It might not have been as simple as this, because there are a lot of plays in any one game, and certainly one that lasts that many innings.

But Ole Miss made two errors and LSU scored both innings when that happened. And Ole Miss scored only once when LSU made its two errors.

The game was a battle between two heavyweights, both with stellar starting pitchers. Aaron Nola for LSU and Chris Ellis for Ole Miss.

The Rebels got on the scoreboard first with a solo home run by Sikes Orvis into the visiting bullpen in the bottom of the second inning.

LSU tied the game in the third inning at 1-1. Conner Hale walked and Christian Ibarra singled to left on a hit and run. With runners at the corners, Kramer Robertson popped up foul to Orvis. Sean McMullen drove one to the left field wall that was caught by Braxton Lee. But Hale scored from third. The leadoff walk had come back to haunt the Rebels.

LSU went up 2-1 in the sixth inning after Preston Overbey at second base let a ball hit by Hale go under his glove and into right field. Alex Bregman had already reached on a single and moved to third on a Tyler Moore base hit. That's when Hale hit one to Overbey that got past him allowed Bregman to score.

Ole Miss tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Errol Robinson led off with a single up the middle. Braxton Lee reached on a fielder's choice as Robinson was out at second. Auston Bousfield then singled into center field to put runners at first and third. After Austin Anderson walked, Will Allen grounded out to score Lee and tie the game 2-2.

It was in the 11th that both teams scored runs to move it to the 12th inning tied 3-3.

In the 13th, Robinson let a ball hit by Danny Zardon get past his glove and into the outfield, which got Hale home after he had doubled.

Ole Miss couldn't get anything across in the bottom of the frame, and that was that.

The game's two starting pitchers had almost identical stat lines when it was all over.

Ole Miss starter Chris Ellis went eight innings allowing two runs, only one earned, on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks.


Sikes Orvis, Will Jamison
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LSU starter Aaron Nola went seven and two-thirds innings allowing two earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Quotes

* Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco: "I don't think either team played great tonight. Not that either one of us played poorly. It was almost like we were just exchanging blows, waiting on someone to land the big one. Unfortunately it wasn't us that did tonight."

* Bianco on where his pitching is after using Ellis, Wyatt Short for 2.1 innings, Josh Laxer for 2.0 innings, and Jeremy Massie for two-thirds of an inning: "Some other guys have got to pick up the slack. Both Wyatt and Josh threw about as much as you would want them to. We didn't over-extend them. I think they were both around 30 pitches which is one of the reasons we went to the bullpen. To leave those guys out there that much is not fair."

* Bianco on starters Ellis and Nola: "I thought both guys pitched terrific. For Chris it might have been his best outing of the year. I thought he did a great job. Nola is so good. But one of the ways you beat him is you don't let them score. You keep the score low. If you do scratch a run or two, that will put you ahead or tie it up and get him out of the game."

* Bianco on not getting it done when his team had opportunities: "That's it. We had opportunities. We've been on the right side of it several times. Today it just didn't happen. We didn't get the big hit. We didn't make the big pitch. We didn't make the play in the field. And they did."

* Sikes Orvis: "Baseball's a funny game. You get kicked in the teeth a lot playing it. We'll bounce back tomorrow and be alright."

Game Notes

The third of four LSU pitchers, Parker Bugg, got the win (2-1). The loss went to the Rebels' third of four pitchers as well – Josh Laxer (2-2).

Ole Miss reliever Aaron Greenwood is not available this weekend because of an abdominal pull. The hope is to have him back for Kentucky in a week.

Orvis' homer was his ninth of the season.

LSU had 13 hits in the 13 innings while Ole Miss had nine hits.

Friday's game is at 6:30 p.m.


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