Bombs Away!

No. 11 Ole Miss put it all together in the series opener at No. 2 LSU, winning 7-4 with excellent starting and relief pitching, solid defense, and four home runs. Read more inside.

With his team leading by four runs at 7-3 in Baton Rouge, La., Friday night, Jake Morgan came in and basically looked like he did last Saturday when he mowed down Alabama hitters to get a save.

In the Rebels' 7-4 series-opening win at LSU, Morgan had six strikeouts in the final two innings to lead his team to victory once again.

Drew Pomeranz (2-0) started and pitched seven innings of six-hit baseball, allowing only three runs with three walks and five strikeouts.

The first three batters Pomeranz faced got hits. He settled down and only gave up one run in the opening frame.

"I was a little too pumped up I guess," Pomeranz said. "I was leaving my fast ball up and not getting ahead with my curve ball. I was making things real hard on me. I just had to settle down after those first hits and fill up the zone. I was able to get out of that first inning."

Three Rebels combined to hit four home runs, with Matt Smith and Jeremy Travis belting solo shots and Matt Snyder with two round-trippers.

Snyder went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored as his second-inning solo homer tied the game 1-1. He then launched a three-run home run in the sixth to extend the Rebel lead to 5-1 at the time. The true freshman has now hit at least one home run in three consecutive games.

"It was an awesome night," Snyder said. "You can see how we can hit the ball, and we can do this any day of the week. We were just crushing the ball tonight, and it felt really good. Hopefully we can just keep that going."

Pomeranz said the hitters obviously helped the pitchers on this night.

"The offense did really, really great tonight," he said. "That was the difference in the game."

Anthony Ranaudo (2-2) got the loss for the Tigers, working 6.2 innings and allowing six runs on six hits with four walks and nine strikeouts.

"If you're going to do well in this league, then you have to win on Friday night," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, his team now having won each of its Friday night games the first three weekends of league play.

Ole Miss improved to 16-6 overall and 5-2 in SEC play. LSU fell to 19-6 and 4-3.

Game two of the series is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.

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