BLOG: The No. 24 Rebels will look to rebound from Friday’s late-night letdown today with a 2 p.m. game against No. 4 LSU.
Today’s Western Division showdown will be televised on SportSouth.GETTING THE NOD: Taking the mound for Ole Miss will be sophomore right-hander Mike Mayers.
The Ohioan enters this weekend coming off of back-to-back solid outings against No. 12 Arkansas and at Mississippi State in which he gave up two runs in 11.1 innings combined.
On the season, Mayers is 4-2 with a 3.69 ERA. In 63.1 innings, Mayers has struck out 43 and walked 19. Opponents are hitting .222 off him him.
In his lone relief appearance against at LSU last season, Mayers pitched 2.1 scoreless frames, allowing one hit while striking out two.
LSU will turn to Ryan Eades. The sophomore right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.29 ERA. In 65.2 innings, Eades has struck out 47 and walked 17.
Unlike Mayers, Eades did not fare well in his lone appearance against Ole Miss last season. Eades allowed three earned runs on a single, double and triple, and did not record an out in his relief appearance.
No. 4 LSU TIGERS (37-10 overall, 15-7 SEC)
CF Arby Fields (.259 BA/.304 OBP/.376 SLG)
SS Austin Nola (.299/.416/.439)
RF Mason Katz (.335/.433/569)
LF Raph Rhymes (.500/.538/.622)
1B Tyler Moore (.276/.337/.414)
DH Grant Dozar (.274/.371/.500)
C Ty Ross (.301/.355/.390)
3B Tyler Hanover (.294/.378/368)
2B JaCoby Jones (.249/.298/.356)
RHP RYan Eades (5-2, 3.29 ERA)
No. 24 OLE MISS REBELS (30-17, 10-12)
LF Tanner Mathis (.331/.442/.370)
3B Andrew Mistone (.252/.312/.314)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.403/.448/.559)
1B Matt Snyder (.348/.407/.624)
C Will Allen (.345/.368/.453)
DH Zach Kirksey (.288/.389/.663)
CF Auston Bousfield (.273/.342/.303)
SS Austin Anderson (.220/.349/.297)
RF Will Jamison (.255/.300/.345)
RHP Mike Mayers (4-2, 3.69)
——— SCORING SUMMARY———
OLE MISS 1, LSU 0 (Bottom 1): Left fielder Tanner Mathis led off the frame with an infield single, took second on a wild pitch, was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Andrew Mistone and then scored on a groundout by second baseman Alex Yarbrough.
LSU 4, Ole Miss 1, (Top 4): An RBI-single by first baseman Tyler Moore scored right fielder Mason Katz, and a perfectly executed safety squeeze by designated hitter Grant Dozar scored left fielder Raph Rhymes in the next at-bat to put LSU ahead 2-1. After third baseman Tyler Hanover walked to load the bases, second baseman JaCoby Jones put LSU ahead 4-1 with a single to center field that scored Moore and Dozar.
LSU 4, OLE MISS 4 (Bottom 4): Ole Miss designated hitter Zach Kirksey got the home team back on the scoreboard in the fourth with a one-out solo homer over the 365-foot sign in right-center. The round tripper was Kirksey’s team-leading 12th home run of the season. Like Mayers, Ryan Eades fell apart a bit in the fourth. Following the Kirksey homer, the LSU right-hander walked center fielder Auston Bousfield and then surrendered a single to shortstop Austin Anderson. After right fielder Will Jamison flew out to left field, back-to-back singles by Mathis and Mistone scored Bousfield and Anderson to tie the game.
OLE MISS 5, LSU 4 (Bottom 6): Jamison hit a one-out double to center field and then easily scored on a single to shallow center by Mathis.
OLE MISS 7, LSU 4 (Bottom 7): Bousfield made the most of his first career home run, hitting a two-run shot well off the left field foul pole.
THAT’S A WRAP: Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers was chased after just four innings of work, but Tanner Bailey, Chris Ellis and Brett Huber combined to throw five shutout innings to preserve Ole Miss’ 7-4 victory… Bailey didn’t make record an out last Sunday in his first SEC start, but was very good against LSU. As the first guy out of the pen for Ole Miss, Bailey allowed just two hits in two innings while also striking out two… Huber earned his eighth save of the season and 24th of his career with his two scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth, allowing two base runners on a hit and a walk while also striking out two. With his 24th career save, Huber moves into a tie with Justin Huisman for second in Ole Miss’ career record book. Current Rebel assistant Stephen Head holds the all-time mark with 26 saves… LSU relief pitcher Kurt McCune was hit with the loss after allowing one run on three hits and one walk in 1.2 innings. Bailey improved to 2-1 with the win… Mathis had a team-high three hits and tied Bousfield with a team-best two RBIs.
Taking the mound tomorrow for his first start of the season will be junior left-hander Dylan Chavez. The JUCO transfer is 3-3 on the year with a 3.27 ERA. In 33 innings, Chavez has struck out 35 and walked four. Opponents are hitting .244 against Chavez.
LSU will turn to right-hander Aaron Nola. The freshman is 5-2 on the year with a 3.90 ERA. In 55.1 innings, Chavez has struck out 54 and walked four. (May 5, 2012)