Lange tosses 13 strikeouts, not enough as LSU baseball loses to Ole Miss 5-3 in 14 innings
BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU pitchers amassed 22 strikeouts but the Tigers dropped a 5-3, 14-inning decision to Ole Miss 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 at a game apiece.
The game was the longest contest for the Tigers since they played a 16-inning game at Alabama on April 20, 2013.
The 22 strikeouts for the LSU pitchers represented the second-highest single-game total in school history, trailing only the 24 strikeouts recorded by the Tigers' Butch Mixon in a win over Southwestern Louisiana in 1959.
The Tigers return to action for the final game of the series Sunday at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network, and it will be broadcast live on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live audio of the game through the GeauxZone.
Freshman right-hander 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 on April 11 of last season.
"Alex Lange was phenomenal, his outing was really one for the ages," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "It's a shame that we couldn't put together the offense we needed to win the game. We had our opportunities and we hit some balls hard, but ultimately we could only score in one inning (a three-run fourth inning). Give credit to Ole Miss for battling back after losing the first game of the series; now it's our turn to see how we respond to adversity."
Ole Miss grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning, as the Rebels scored with a double steal and a sacrifice fly by third baseman Will Golsan.
The Tigers responded 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 followed 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. LSU closer Jesse Stallings entered the game and gave up a walk and single. Ole Miss first baseman Sikes Orvis then tied the game with a single through the right side.
Ole Miss took control of the game in the top of the 14th inning against reliever Kyle Bouman. After walking J.B. Woodman, Bouman gave up a double to Orvis for the go-ahead run. Shortstop Errol Robinson then hit a two-out RBI single off of freshman pitcher Austin Bain to make it a 5-3 game.
Bouman (0-1) was charged the loss after giving up a walk, single and two runs. Reliever Wyatt Short (3-1) earned the win for Ole Miss, working 2.2 innings and allowing three hits. Will Stokes earned his third save of the season as he pitched the final 0.2 inning with one strikeout.
Ole Miss starter Brady Bramlett worked the first seven innings, limiting the Tigers to three unearned runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.