Tiger baseball beats Rebels 5-4 in dramatic fashion
For the second night in a row LSU Tiger senior Raph Rhymes' home run provided the spark to lift his team to victory.
Trailing by a run in the eight inning, Rhymes belted a two run home run to left center field to give his Tigers a 5-4 lead over the Ole Miss Rebels. Tiger closer Chris Cotton came in and shut down the Rebs and secure the 48th win of the season for LSU.
The Tigers and Rebels meet in the series finale Saturday at Noon. The game will air on the CBS Sports Network and the LSU Sports Radio Network.
LSU's 48 regular-season victories are the most in school history, and its 23 league wins are the most in Fighting Tiger annals.
"This certainly wasn't one of the best games we played this season," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, "and it looked pretty grim when Ole Miss took the lead in the eighth inning, but our players continued to believe we bounce back. (LSU first baseman) Mason Katz battled after being down two strikes in the count and came up with a big base hit, and then Raph followed with a blast to give us the lead. I knew as soon as it left his bat it was gone; I didn't even watch it to see exactly where it landed."
Senior right-hander Kevin Berry (4-0) -- the fifth of six LSU pitchers -- earned the victory, allowing one hit and one walk in two thirds of an inning.
Ole Miss reliever Aaron Greenwood (3-4) suffered the defeat, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out five in 4.2 innings of work.