Series Lost

LSU won the series, at least in part, because Ole Miss wasn't its usual self the past three days. That was even more apparent in the finale as LSU shutout the Rebels 2-0.

Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco talks about the LSU series

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It was the first time this season Ole Miss hadn't scored a run in a game. It's been an offense that's been among the best in the Southeastern Conference.

Ole Miss fell to 30-11 overall and 10-8 in the SEC. LSU improved to 30-10-1 and 10-7-1.

The Rebels have now lost three series in SEC play, all teams that could potentially host NCAA Regionals at season's end – South Carolina, Alabama, and now LSU.

"Just a bad day offensively. That's not like us," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco after his team's most recent defeat. "I really felt like this weekend wasn't like us."

Ole Miss had only six hits on Saturday, but that was one more than LSU's five. LSU pitching no-hit Ole Miss until the fourth inning when Auston Bousfield had a one-out single to right. Austin Anderson followed with a single to center to put runners on first and second. But Will Allen hit into a double play to end things there.

That was the kind of day it was for the Rebels.

"They were just coming straight at us and attacking us," catcher Will Allen said. "Early on we hit a lot of good balls that weren't finding holes. That's baseball. But we're a better offense than that. Today just wasn't our day."

LSU scored in the third inning when Connor Hale came home from third on a single by Andrew Stevenson. Hale reached on a single and moved to second on a passed ball. A sac bunt moved him to third and set up the score on the hit by Stevenson.

Braxton Lee ended what could have been an even worse inning for the Rebels. A double to left from Mark Laird put two in scoring position as Stevenson went first-to-third on the play. Jake Fraley flew out to left and Lee gunned Stevenson out at home for a double play to end the frame and keep it a 1-0 game.

LSU's other score was a solo home run in the eighth by Hale.

Starter Sam Smith, as usual, gave Ole Miss a chance. Smith (5-3) worked 7.1 innings and allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeout. Left-hander Wyatt Short closed out the final 1.2 innings with a walk and three strikeouts without allowing a hit to keep the Rebels in striking distance.

Hunter Devall (1-0) picked up the win for the Tigers, working 2.2 innings in relief of starter Alden Cartwright, who went 4.0 innings on the afternoon. Four LSU pitchers combined to hold the Rebels scoreless with six hits, four strikeouts and one walk.

"It was one of those bad offensive days. It happens in baseball," Bianco said. "It happens over 56 games. We really couldn't mount anything. Really didn't threaten at all. Rarely if ever got the leadoff guy on. Disappointing offensively."

Late in the game, Ole Miss third base coach Cliff Godwin was ejected by the home plate umpire for saying too much. Bianco then took over coaching at third base. It was the first time since he was an assistant coach at LSU that he had coached third base.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State play in Pearl Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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