HOOVER, Ala. - It was another night of first's for the Rebels on Thursday as No. 15 Ole Miss (38-20) picked up its first-ever Southeastern Conference Tournament win over LSU (35-23) with a 12-1 run-rule victory over the Tigers.
The win also marked the first time the Rebels have opened the SEC Tournament with two victories in two starts since the event began in 1977.
The game also marked the first ever loss by run-rule for the Tigers in the Tournament.
Brett Bukvich (6-5) picked up the win as he pitched his second complete game of the season in the shortened game. Bukvich worked 7.0 innings, allowing only one run on four hits as he walked three and struck out seven.
Mark Wright led the Rebels at the plate with 5 RBI as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored. It continued a trend of success at the plate for the Rebels against the Tigers as Ole Miss has pounded out 44 runs on 55 hits in four games against LSU this season.
LSU starter Louis Coleman (5-6) suffered the loss for LSU as he gave up seven runs, six of them earned, on five hits. Coleman walked four and struck out none on the night. The Tigers only struck out one batter on the evening, despite walking eight Rebels.
Ole Miss got on the board in the bottom half of the inning, as Justin Henry scored from second on a sacrifice bunt attempt from Zack Cozart that saw everyone advance safely as the throw from the third baseman was off the mark, allowing Henry to advance home while Coghlan moved to third and Cozart reached base safely and moved to second. Henry drew a walk to open the game, before Coghlan singled up the middle. Alex Presley then drew a walk on four straight pitches, loading the bases with no outs. Ketchum then grounded out to first, advancing the runners as Coghlan came home and scored.
Power then notched an infield single, pushing Cozart across as Presley moved to third. A walk of Justin Brashear loaded the bases again for the Rebels with one out on the board and a 3-0 lead. The Tigers got out of the jam with a pop out and a groundout, leaving the bases loaded but with the Rebels holding a three run lead.
With one out in the top of the second, Will Harris doubled to left center to put a runner in scoring position for LSU. Bukvich ended the threat for the Rebels as he got the next two batters to line out and strikeout, keeping the Rebels in the lead.
Coghlan notched his third home run of the season with one out in the second, crushing the ball over the second fence in right field and deep into the trees to give the Rebels a 4-0 lead. The hit set a career-high for Coghlan for runs in a season (67) and tied him with David Dellucci for second on the all-time list for runs scored in a season.
Bruce Sprowl doubled to right center and advanced to third on a fielding error by Presley with two outs on the board in the third, putting a runner in scoring position for the Tigers for the second straight inning. But, Bukvich got the next batter to ground out to short, ending the threat.
Ketchum doubled down the right field line to open the bottom half of the third before Power singled up the middle to put runners at the corners. A Brashear walk loaded the bases for the third time on the night for the Rebels with no outs. LSU then pulled starter Louis Coleman in favor of reliever Edgar Ramirez. Mark Wright took the second pitch through the left side, driving in two runs and pushing Ole Miss ahead 6-0.
A ground-out from Evan Button advanced Wright and Brashear to second and third with one out on the board. Henry singled over the shortstop to drive in both base-runners as the Rebels moved ahead 8-0.
Jordan Mayer led off the fourth with a walk for the Tigers, but again Bukvich got the Rebels out of the inning with no damage as he retired the next three batters with a strike out and two groundouts.
A double to right from Presley led off the bottom half of the fourth. Presley then moved to third on a groundout to first from Ketchum. Presley then scored on a wild pitch. Power then drew a walk to reach base for the third time on the night, advancing to second on a ground out from Brashear. Power then scored on a single through the right side, pushing Ole Miss ahead 10-0.
The Tigers then pulled Ramirez in favor of Jonathan Wilhite with Wright on first and two outs on the board. Wilhite got the Tigers out of the jam as he got the final Rebel batter to fly out, ending the inning.
With two outs on the board and Hollander on first from a walk, the Tigers put a second runner on when Sprowl struck out, but reached on a wild pitch. Both runners then advanced on another wild pitch, putting runners at second and third. A walk of Matt Liuzza loaded the bases for LSU, but yet another fly out got the Rebels out of the inning with no damage.
Quinn Stewart homered down the left field line to open the sixth inning, putting the Tigers on the board.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth and runners at first and second, Wright doubled to the wall in straight-away center field, driving in two runs and putting the Rebels up 12-1.
The Rebels closed out the game as Bukvich retired the side in order with a groundout, line out and strikeout to seal the win for Ole Miss Ole Miss will have Friday off before returning to action on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Rebels will take on the winner of tomorrow's game between eighth-seeded LSU and top-seeded Alabama. The Tigers and Crimson Tide will play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday to determine who advances to Saturday's game.
Ole Miss rolls past LSU 12-1
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