Game One Win

It wasn't how anybody would have imagined, this game one of the Ole Miss-LSU series. Both aces were knocked out of the game early, and a run fest was the order of the contest.

But it was Ole Miss that prevailed 11-9 in the first game of a doubleheader, which came about after storms knocked out the scheduled start of the series on Friday night.

The contest featured two of the nation's finest pitchers in starters Drew Pomeranz for Ole Miss and Anthony Renaudo for LSU.

Brett Huber came in and closed the door on the Tigers in the ninth with the Rebels leading by two runs. A ground out followed by two strikeouts ended the game as Huber faced just three batters.

Huber got his fifth save of the season, as Rebel reliever Rory McKean (3-1) got the win and Anthony Renaudo (2-1) got the loss. The Rebs outhit the Tigers 15-8.

LSU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run Blake Dean home run after Austin Nola had walked, the first of nine free passes given out by the Rebel ace.

Miles Hamblin

But the Rebels answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Tim Ferguson singled and Miles Hamblin sent one out. After an out, Matt Snyder's hit left the park and it was 3-2 UM. Hitting them out, especially early, was easier than usual with a strong wind aiding the hitters.

Pomeranz was able to get out of the second inning with no damage, even though he walked two Tigers. In the bottom of the frame, the Rebels got a bunch.

Ole Miss scored six runs on five hits, the big bash a grand slam by Snyder. The other two runs scored came via a Ferguson single prior to the home run that scored Taylor Hightower after the Rebel catcher had doubled. And an Alex Yarbrough double to score Kevin Mort who had singled.

That made it 9-2 and Renaudo's day was done. He went 1.2 innings and allowed nine runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

Drew Pomeranz

With a seven-run lead to work with, Pomeranz continued to struggle, and the Tigers began to chip away at the UM lead. LSU got two in the third and when Pomeranz walked the first two batters, his day was done. He went 3.0 innings with four earned runs on one hit with three strikeouts and an unbelievable nine walks.

Rory McKean came in and was solid until he gave up a three-run homer to DH Matt Gaudet with two outs in the top of the sixth. That cut the Ole Miss lead to 9-8.

Ferguson's solo home run to the home bullpen in left gave the Rebs a bit of cushion as he led off the bottom of the sixth. The score stayed 10-8 until Gaudet sent another one out of the park, this time a solo shot in the top of the eighth off Matt Tracy, who had relieved McKean in the seventh.

The Rebels added to the lead in the in the eighth on a Matt Snyder single to shallow center that scored Hightower who had walked.

In came Huber and the Rebs were about to win a big one. Ole Miss is now 26-13 overall and 9-7 in SEC play. LSU fell to 32-7 and 11-5.


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