Ole Miss kept things interesting early, but a five-run eighth shut the door, as LSU beat the Rebels 11-2 Thursday at Hoover, Ala.
The loss eliminated Ole Miss from the SEC Tournament.
As the game wore on, the 2nd-ranked nationally ranked Tigers started to destroy the Rebel pitching. The Tigers recorded 17 hits on the day while the Rebels had eight.
The future for the Rebels is unclear, as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned.
Inconsistent play by the Rebels have fans concerned, but the poor play of late could hurt their chances of making a regional. Then again, maybe Wednesday's victory against the No. 25 Arkansas Razorbacks helped secure a postseason berth.
The Rebels will have to wait until the conference championships finish up before they learn the fate of their season.
Ole Miss (35-24) started junior Tanner Bailey. Bailey entered the game with a record of 2-1 and an ERA of 3.54. Bailey’s record dropped to 2-2 with the loss on the day.
The Tigers (43-15) started their ace Kevin Gausman.
Gausman entered the game with an ERA of 2.86, with 118 strikeouts and a record of 9-1. Gausman earned the win, upgrading his record to 10-1, while tacking on seven more strikeouts, changing his total to 125 on the season.
The Tigers started the game crushing the baseball. In the top of the first, the Tigers scored two runs on four hits.
The Rebels scored their first run in the bottom of the second. With freshman Austin Bousfield on third, sophomore Will Allen stroked the ball to center field, advancing Bousfield home. The Rebels failed to score any more runs in the inning, but narrowed the gap 2-1.
The Tigers grabbed another run in the top of the third on a sacrifice hit to second, scoring Mason Katz from third.
The Tigers would extend the lead in the sixth, adding a run on one hit. Tigers’ Grant Dozar bunted the ball back to the pitcher, scoring Tyler Hanover from third. The Tigers lead 4-1 after the top of the sixth.
The Rebels fought back in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the Tiger lead 4-2. Bousfield turned on a pitch, sending the ball deep. The ball hit in front of the left field wall before bouncing over, giving Bousfield a ground rule double and scoring senior Zach Kirksey from second. Bousfield advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the Rebels failed to bring him home.
Neither team scored in the seventh.
The eighth and ninth innings were brutal for the Rebels, as they allowed seven runs on eight hits in the final two innings combined.
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