By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
OXFORD, MS: LSU would travel to Oxford hoping to take a SEC road series against the 12th ranked Ole Miss Rebels, as they continue to fight and battle to stay in NCAA postseason consideration. On Thursday night they took a step in the right direction as they upset the Rebels with a 5-4 comeback victory. Landon Marceaux, Garrett Edwards, and Devin Fontenot pitched very well for the Tigers, while at the plate, the timely hit happened when it was needed. It was a great, much needed team win.....
Below is our game recap.....
The Tigers would strike early, taking advantage of three Ole Miss throwing errors in the top of the 1st inning to plate two runs. LSU would end up leaving two runners stranded taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 1st, as Ole Miss starting pitcher Derek Diamond did a great job of getting out of the error nightmare inning with no more damage being done.
Landon Marceaux would get the first two Rebel hitters to ground out as it looked like it would be a three up-three down inning. However, Kevin Graham would step up and rocket a solo homerun over the left center field wall. Marceaux would issue a base on balls to the next hitter up, but get the final out without allowing anymore noise from the Rebels. We head to the 2nd with the score LSU 2, Ole Miss 1....
Both pitchers would flex their muscles as Diamond would face the minimum with a three up-three down 2nd, while Marceaux would give up a leadoff single but the Tigers would play solid defense to keep the Rebels off the board in the inning.
For the second straight inning LSU would go down quickly and quietly, as Diamond would ring up the Tigers in order in the 3rd.
Marceaux would record his second and third strike outs of the contest as Ole Miss would leave two base runners stranded for the second inning in a row, as we would head to the 4th with LSU still leading 2-1.
LSU would once again go three up-three down as Diamond would have retired his 10th straight Tiger hitter in a row to end the top of the 4th.
Hayden Leatherwood would leadoff with a solo homerun over the right center field fence to tie the score 2-2. Marceuax would allow a couple of base runners, but would strike out Kevin Graham for the final out to get the Tigers out of the inning, keeping the game all evened up at 2-2 after four played.
LSU would manage to get two on base with only one out as Milazzo would get hit by a pitch, followed by a single by Tre' Morgan, but the Tigers would be unable to bring them home leaving them stranded...
Marceaux would face four Rebel hitters in the 5th, allowing a single, but retiring the other three for a silent Ole Miss at bat.
Derek Diamond would continue to pitch a solid game as he would once again get the LSU hitters out in order. Three up-three down...
Cael Baker would leadoff the Ole Miss 6th with a single. Two batter later, Jacob Gonzalez would give the Rebels their first lead of the game with a two run homer over the right field fence.
The home run would chase Marceaux as Paul Mainieri would choose to go to the bull pen, bringing Garrett Edwards into the game to pitch. Edwards and the Tiger defense would record the final two outs to send us to the 7th with Ole Miss leading 4-2.
The Tigers would respond with some fight as Giovanni DiGiacomo would leadoff the 7th with a stand up double down the left field line. Mike Bianco would go to his bull pen, replacing Diamond with his top closer, Taylor Broadway in to try and get the final nine outs without allowing a score.
Broadway would do his job getting the next two LSU hitters out as Drew Bianco would fly out to deep right field, followed by a Mitchell Sanford strike out.
Tre' Morgan would step to the plate and get the big timely hit, as he would single to right field scoring DiGiacomo to cut the lead to one, 4-3.
Dylan Crews would be up next in the lineup and would blast a pitch to deep left field over the fence for a two run homerun, giving the Tigers the lead back, 5-4. Cade Doughty would fly out to end the top of the 7th.
Devin Fontenot would take the mound to try and protect the LSU lead. The Rebels would go quietly in the 7th inning, leaving a man on 1st base. We would head to the 8th with LSU leading 5-4.
The Tigers would try to add some insurance runs, but would strand two runners on base as we would head to the bottom of the inning.
For the second inning in a row Fontenot would issue a base on balls, but would easily retire the needed three outs to take us to the 9th inning of the contest.
Morgan would leadoff the inning with a single to right center field, followed by a Crews taking a base on balls. But Broadway would step up and retire the next three LSU hitters to end the threat.
Mainieri would have no one warming up in the LSU bull pen, leaving it Devin Fontenot's game to win or lose. Hayden Dunhurst would draw a leadoff walk. Justin Bench would then step up and hit a single to right field putting two on base with no outs for the Rebels.
Fontenot would dig down and strike out the next two Ole Miss hitters, bringing Baker up to hit. Baker would single to third base. A great play by Cade Doughty to keep the ball in the infield saved the winning run from scoring, leaving the bases loaded with two outs. Calvin Harris would step to the plate and strike out swinging as Fontenot would get the job done, saving the 5-4 LSU come back win.
With the win LSU is now 23-14 overall, 5-11 in SEC play. Garrett Edwards would get the win for the Tigers, improving his record to 2-2 on the season, while Devin Fontenot would earn his third save of the year.
Next up LSU will battle #10 Ole Miss in game two of their three game series in Oxford on Friday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm.