BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 2 LSU (47-7, 22-6 SEC) launched four home runs in a 7-1 victory over No. 14 Ole Miss (35-19, 14-14 SEC) Thursday night at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU tied its school record for most SEC victories in a season, matching the 22 wins collected by the 1986 and 1997 squads. The Tigers’ 47 overall regular-season victories equals the mark set by the 1986 team, which won 47 of 59 regular-season games prior to the NCAA instituting a 56-game maximum in 1992.
The Tigers and Rebels face off again Friday at 7 p.m. Prior to Friday’s game LSU will honor its 1993 national championship team and designate the diamond at Alex Box Stadium as “Skip Bertman Field.”
Sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn (6-2) earned the win on the mound for the Tigers, allowing one run on eight hits while striking out two.
“I thought Cody Glenn was the real key to the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He just seems to get better with every outing, and I really admire the way he works his way out of jams. He keeps his composure and makes big pitches at the right time to keep the opponent off the scoreboard.”
Ole Miss right-hander Mike Mayers (4-5) suffered the defeat, giving up five runs on seven hits and one walk while fanning seven.
“We beat a very good pitcher tonight,” Mainieri said. “Mayers has had a lot of success against us over the years, and we really respect his ability. I liked our approach at the plate – we got off to a great start in the first inning and swung the bats well throughout the game.”
Shortstop Alex Bregman and leftfielder Raph Rhymes gave the Tigers a 2-0 advantage in the first inning Thursday night with RBI hits.
In the fourth inning, LSU delivered a pair of solo blasts into the left field seats off the bats of first baseman Mason Katz (his 14th homer) and third baseman Christian Ibarra (his sixth). Katz’s long ball was his first since March 31 at Missouri.
Rhymes delivered his third long ball of the season on a thrilling inside-the-park home run that included a somersault over Ole Miss catcher Stuart Turner at the plate. The inside-the-park homer was LSU’s first since March 20, 2012 when Tyler Moore produced one against Southern in Alex Box Stadium.
In the following inning, designated hitter Sean McMullen launched a rocket of his own over the right-field wall, putting the Tigers in front 6-1.
First baseman Tyler Moore gave the Tigers an insurance run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly to center.