Baseball Loses Close Game at No. 18 Ole Miss, 2-1
OXFORD, Miss. — Catcher Brett Basham launched a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night to break a 1-1 tie and lift #18 Ole Miss to a 2-1 victory over LSU at Swayze Field.
Ole Miss improved to 23-11 overall and 8-5 in the SEC. The Rebels are in first place in the SEC West, two games ahead of Auburn (6-7). LSU fell to 21-12 overall, 5-8 in league play. The Tigers are in fourth place in the West, three games behind the Rebels.
Game 2 of the LSU-Ole Miss series is set for 4 p.m. Saturday. Left-hander Blake Martin will start on the mound for LSU against Ole Miss southpaw Drew Pomeranz.
Friday’s game was tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth when Basham led off the inning with a homer against LSU reliever Daniel Bradshaw. Basham’s dinger was his second of the season.
Designated hitter Fuller Smith followed Basham’s homer with a double, and Bradshaw walked leftfielder Logan Power. Bradshaw exited the game in favor of reliever Paul Bertuccini, who hit third baseman Cody Overbeck with a pitch to load the bases.
However, first baseman Matt Smith lined into a double play at third base, and centerfielder Michael Guerrero flied to center the end the inning.
Ole Miss starter Lance Lynn (5-0) earned the win, as he limited LSU to one run on two hits with no walks and a career-best 12 strikeouts. Lynn engaged in a pitchers’ duel with LSU starter Jordan Brown, who delivered the best performance of his career as a Tiger.
Brown worked seven innings ? his longest outing of the season ? and limited the Rebels to one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
“Tonight’s game featured a great effort by Jordan Brown,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I thought he did an excellent job of staying ahead of the hitters and shutting down a very good Ole Miss club. Unfortunately, we couldn’t generate enough offense against their pitchers. Those guys are legitimate first-round draft picks.
“I thought we competed hard tonight in an intense atmosphere, and we’re looking forward to the chance to even the series (Saturday).”
LSU opened the scoring with a solo homer by Schimpf ? his sixth of the year — in the top of the third, but the Rebels answered in the bottom of the frame when Smith and Power hit consecutive doubles to tie the game at 1-1.
Saturday’s game can heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network and in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net. It will also be broadcast on XM Satellite Radio Ch. 199.
Ole Miss 2, LSU 1 (Apr 11, 2008 at Oxford, Miss.)
LSU……………….. 001 000 000 – 1 3 0 (21-12, 5-8 SEC)
Ole Miss………… 001 000 01X – 2 8 1 (23-11, 8-5 SEC)
Pitchers: LSU – Jordan Brown; Daniel Bradshaw(8); Paul Bertuccini(8). Ole Miss – Lance Lynn; Scott Bittle(9).
Win-Lance Lynn(5-0) Save-Scott Bittle(3) Loss-Daniel Bradshaw(1-4) T-2:40 A-5518
HR LSU – Ryan Schimpf (6).
HR OM – Brett Basham (2).
Bradshaw faced 3 batters in the 8th.