LSU rolls past the Rebels to take game 1 of the series
Jeff Palermo Reporting
How it happened: On a warm spring night at Alex Box Stadium, the LSU Tigers hit four home runs, including an inside the park homer by Raph Rhymes, in a 7-1 win over Ole Miss. Sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn was sensational as he improved his record to 6-2.
At the plate: For the first time in about a month, LSU hit more than one home run in a game. Mason Katz launched his career-high 14th home run of the season in the 4th inning. It was Katz's first home run since March 31st. Katz also had two doubles on the night.
Rhymes' had an inside the park home run in the 6th inning. He hit a line-drive that center fielder Auston Bousfield tried to make a diving catch on. The ball got past Bousfield and Rhymes was off the races. Rhymes would do a somersault as he got to home plate when he collided with the catcher. But Rhymes was okay and touched the plate for his 3rd home run of the season.
Christian Ibarra and Sean McMullen also homered. It's the first time the Tigers have hit four home runs in a game since March 31st against Missouri.
On the mound: Glenn pitched seven strong innings allowing one run on eight hits, all of them were singles. Glenn was also hit two batters, but did not give up until the 7th inning.
No Jacoby Jones: Junior second baseman Jacoby Jones will only be available to pinch run in this series, because of an injured left hand. Jones suffered the injury while carrying a box outside of his apartment. He apparently tripped and used his left hand to break his fall. Jones is expected to be able to play in the field and hit in next week's SEC Tournament.
Up next: LSU and Ole Miss continue their series on Friday night at 7:15. Kurt McCune will get his second SEC start as Aaron Nola is not pitching to rest his arm for the postseason. McCune is 3-and-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Ole Miss will counter with sophomore right-hander Sam Smith, who is 3-and-0 with a 3.15 ERA.
Before the game, LSU will officially name the field after legendary coach Skip Bertman and they'll recognize the 1993 national championship team.