Second baseman Tate Blackman collected three RBI Thursday night and centerfielder J.B. Woodman drove in two runs to lead ninth-ranked Ole Miss to a 7-6 win over No. 8 LSU at Swayze Field.
Ole Miss improved to 32-11 overall and 11-8 in the SEC, while LSU dropped to 27-15 overall and 10-9 in conference play.
Game 2 of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday, and it may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
Ole Miss reliever Brad Feigl (4-0) was credited with the win, recording two outs in the sixth inning after LSU had taken a 5-4 lead. LSU reliever Parker Bugg (0-2), who entered the game in the fifth inning with the score tied 4-4, was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on two hits in in two innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
Ole Miss starting pitcher Brady Bramlett was lifted in the fourth inning after LSU touched him for four runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
LSU starter Jared Poche’ worked four innings and was charged with four runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
“I thought we did a tremendous job against one of the best pitchers in the league (Bramlett),” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our hitters scored two in the first inning and then we scored two more in the third. We ran his pitch count up. I thought we just did a tremendous job against him. Unfortunately, they were able to get a few hits off of Jared and were able to fight back. They are a good ball club and they showed why.
“Jared was out there competing as hard as he could. He obviously didn’t have his ace stuff tonight. He got us through four innings. I thought Parker (Bugg) threw well and I thought (Russell) Reynolds threw well. We had an inning there where we just had a few plays we could have made but didn’t. It was just the story of the game. I thought it was a great ball game. It was exciting, and our kids played so hard. The difference was very slight between what we did and what they did tonight.”
LSU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as rightfielder Antoine Duplantis singled, moved to second on centerfielder Jake Fraley’s single, stole third base and scored when catcher Henri Lartigue’s throw sailed into left field. Fraley later scored from third on a sacrifice fly by catcher Jordan Romero to give the Tigers the early two-run advantage.
The Rebels tied the game in the bottom of the first as rightfielder Ryan Olenik doubled and scored on second baseman Tate Blackman’ single, and Blackman scored on a double by centerfielder J.B. Woodman.
LSU regained the lead in the top of third when Romero belted a two-run double to score Fraley and shortstop Kramer Robertson, who had opened the inning with back-to-back singles.
Ole Miss tied the contest again in the bottom of the third on run-scoring doubles by Blackman and Woodman.
LSU scored an unearned run in the sixth, when the Tigers were aided by an error at second base by Blackman. Duplantis delivered an RBI groundout to score second baseman Cole Freeman with the go-ahead run.
Ole Miss, however, scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against reliever Parker Bugg to take a 7-5 lead. Shortstop Errol Robinson lined an RBI triple and later scored from third when Bugg’s throw to the plate on Olenik’s ground ball sailed over Romero’s head. Blackman’s sacrifice fly gave the Rebels a two-run advantage.
LSU narrowed the deficit to 7-6 in the top of the seventh when Robertson scored from third on a grounder by first baseman Greg Deichmann.
The Tigers had an opportunity to tie the game in the eighth, but Woodman threw out pinch runner Brennan Breaux at the plate after a base hit by Duplantis against Ole Miss closer Wyatt Short. It was the second outfield assist of the game for Woodman, who threw out Freeman at the plate in the fourth inning.
Short earned his seventh save of the season after retiring LSU in order to the top of the ninth.