Jeff: LSU wins in dramatic fashion to clinch series victory over Ole Miss
Jeff Palermo Reporting
How it happened:Raph Rhymes belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the 8th to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over Ole Miss. It capped off a great night at Alex Box Stadium where they renamed the field after legendary baseball coach Skip Bertman. The come from behind win was poetic as Coach Bertman built a program by inspiring his teams to come through in the clutch
At the plate: Rhymes made ESPN’s Sportscenter with his somersault to cap off an inside-the-park home run on Thursday night. The senior should get some more national attention by hitting a big home run that got over the left field fence. Rhymes’ 4th home run of the season sent the Box into a frenzy.
Mark Laird and Mason Katz each had two hits. Katz scored twice in the game.
On the mound: Kurt McCune got the start for Aaron Nola, who is resting his arm for the postseason. McCune went four innings, allowed three hits and one run. Nick Rumbelow gave up two runs in two innings. Kevin Berry (4-0) was the winning pitcher as he recorded two outs in the 8th inning. Chris Cotton retired the side in order for his 12th save. It was the first time an LSU pitcher has retired the Rebels 1-2-3 in this series.
What it means: It was the Tigers' 48th win, the most ever by an LSU team in a regular season. This will go down as one of the more memorable victories of the season, especially with Skip Bertman and the 1993 national championship team looking on. Ole Miss has not won a series in Baton Rouge since 1982.
Up next: LSU goes for the sweep on Saturday at noon. Junior right-hander Ryan Eades looks to improve to 9-and-1, with a 2.29 ERA. Ole Miss will send its ace to the hill, junior right-hander Bobby Wahl who is 9-and-0 with a 1.43 ERA.