No. 7 Tigers blank Ole Miss to win series

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU's Aaron Nola delivers a pitch last season. LSU defeated Ole Miss 2-0 on Saturday to rebound from a 5-1 loss Friday after opening the series with a 4-3 win. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

OXFORD, Miss. – Four LSU pitchers combined to fire the Tigers’ 12th shutout of the season Saturday, as the seventh-ranked Tigers blanked No. 10 Ole Miss 2-0 in front of 9,741 fans at Swayze Field.

LSU, which won an SEC series over Ole Miss for the fourth straight season, improved to 30-10-1 overall and 10-7-1 in the SEC.

The Tigers have won three straight SEC series and 10 of their last 12 games.

LSU pitchers Alden Cartwright, Hunter Devall, Parker Bugg and Kurt McCune combined to limit Ole Miss, the SEC’s top-hitting team entering the series, to no runs on six hits.

Cartwright retired the first 10 Rebel batters he faced. Devall (1-0) was credited win the win.

Conner Hale led off the eighth inning with a solo home run, the first of his career, finishing with five hits in the series while scoring five of the seven runs LSU tallied in the three games.

Ole Miss centerfielder Auston Bousfield was 4-for-4 at the plate on Friday night, including a solo homer and three RBI, to lead the Rebels' 10-hit output in a 5-1 victory

LSU starter Jared  Poche' (6-3) was charged with the loss as he allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

Hale collected three hits and scored three runs Thursday night to lead LSU to a 4-3 13-inning win.

Hale was 3-for-5 at the plate, including a double, and scored the winning run for the Tigers in the top of the 13th.

McCune earned his second save of the season, as he retired the side in order in the bottom of the 13th.

LSU starter Aaron Nola worked seven 2/3 innings for the Tigers, allowing two runs on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Bugg (2-1) was credited with the victory after firing a scoreless 12th with two strikeouts.