Ole Miss rallies to beat No. 3 LSU in 14 innings despite 22 strikeouts
BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 3 LSU pitchers amassed 22 strikeouts but it wasn’t enough as Ole Miss evened the series 5-3 in 14 innings Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU dropped to 17-2 and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss (10-8, 1-1 SEC) halted the Tigers' 14-game winning streak to even the series.
Alex Lange pitched a gem for the Tigers. Lange went eight innings and gave up just one earned run on three hits. The freshman also struck out 13 batters, the most for an LSU pitcher since Aaron Nola did it against Arkansas last season.
LSU found themselves in 0-2 hole after three innings. The Rebels got on board with a double steal and a sacrifice fly by third baseman Will Golsan.
The Tigers returned in the bottom of the fifth inning and did damage with two outs. After Chris Chinea reached on a fielding error and Conner Hale singled through the left side, Kade Scivicque singled to center field to score Chinea and put LSU on the board. Second baseman Jared Foster with a bases-clearing triple to give LSU a 3-2 lead.
Ole Miss pushed the game to extra innings in the top of the ninth inning. Jessee Stallings entered the game and gave up a walk and single. Sikes Orvis then tied the game with a single through the right side of the field.
Ole Miss took control of the game in the top of the 14th inning against reliever Kyle Bouman. After walking J.B. Wood, Bouman gave up a double to Sikes Orvis for the leading run. Errol Robinson then hit a two-out RBI single off of freshman pitcher Austin Bain to make it a 5-2 game.
Bouman (0-1) was charged the loss after giving up a walk, single and two runs. Wyatt Short (3-1) earned the win for Ole Miss. Short went 2.2 innings and gave up only three hits. Will Stokes earned his third save of the season as he walked one batter and struck out the other in the bottom of the 14th.
LSU catcher Kade Scivicque also had a school-record 22 putouts in the game.