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Ole Miss came back after Thursday night's nationally televised loss to LSU and evened the series up with a 5-1 victory.

Ole Miss junior center fielder Auston Bousfield

Thursday night's 4-3 LSU win went 13 innings and nearly five hours. Friday night's contest took considerably less time.

Game three is at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Quotes from Friday night

* Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco on Rebel starter Christian Trent, who went seven innings with only one unearned run, five strikeouts, two walks: "Terrific. Really proud of him. I thought he pitched similar to the way he has nine weeks. Very efficient and attacks the strike zone. You gotta hit him. He doesn't walk you. His changeup was excellent. He threw it in the zone. He threw it for strikes and it was a difference maker for him."

* Bianco on Auston Bousfield, who was 4-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, which was off his solo home run to left field that made it a final of 5-1: "Boz had a terrific night with the four hits. None bigger than the bases loaded two strike hit (in the fourth inning) where it looked like we were going to squander an opportunity there. But he got the big two-out hit, and that's what it's all about. His home run extended it a little more, which was big."

* Bianco on reliever Scott Weathersby, who went two innings, faced six batters, and got four strikeouts: "Proud of him. To come in in front of 10,000 with a runner on and face the middle of the lineup, the four hole guy, I thought he did a great job. Just mixes up the pitches, not just throwing strikes. It was a dominant two innings."

Auston Bousfield was 4-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI
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* Bianco on coming back from last night's tough loss: "We talked about being ourselves again, being aggressive and executing. Last night we weren't ourselves. And so many times this year in this stadium especially when the game was on the line, we executed. Last night we didn't. Tonight I thought it was more us and we played like we have the last nine weeks."

* LSU head coach Paul Mainieri on Christian Trent, who was on the LSU team as a freshman redshirt before leaving for Delgado CC in New Orleans: "He mixes his pitches well. I changed my lineup some to get some left-handers in there. (Some of our players) have had some success against left-handed pitching."

The Game

Ole Miss, now 30-10 on the season and 10-7 in Southeastern Conference play, opened the game with three singles in a row for Braxton Lee, Auston Bousfield, and Austin Anderson but produced just one run in the bottom of the first inning.

After LSU got a run in the third, the Rebels answered. Lee and Bousfield singled, then Anderson with a groundout to second gets the runners to second and third. Will Allen grounded out to second to get Lee home and a 2-1 lead for Ole Miss.

The Rebels added two runs in the fourth. Once again it was Bousfield with a two-RBI single up the middle to make it 4-1.

Bousfield added the solo shot in the seventh to wrap up the scoring.

LSU fell to 29-10-1 overall and 9-7-1 in SEC play.

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