By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
BATON ROUGE, La. — Bed times were missed all over south Louisiana as the Ole Miss Rebels and No. 4 LSU Tigers decided to play five extra innings in the second matchup of their three-game series.
Just before Saturday night turned Sunday morning, the Rebels were able to close out the Tigers, winning 5-3 in 14 innings. It was the longest game since 2007 for the Rebels, who played a 14-inning affair with the Tigers at Oxford-University Stadium in 2014.
Sikes Orvis was the hero for the Rebels on offense, collecting three hits, two going for doubles, and driving in two runs. He tied the game with a single in the top of the ninth and then put the Rebels (10-8 overall, 1-1 SEC) ahead for good in the top of the 14th with a double off the sixth LSU pitcher, Kyle Bouman.
Ole Miss only had five hits through 13 innings, and seven overall in the game. The Rebels struck out 22 times against five different pitchers. Ole Miss also struggled to score runners in scoring position, going 2-for-11, with the two success coming off the bat of Orvis. Still, the Rebels never gave in, competing to the end like Mike Bianco asked them to.
Will Stokes earned his third save of the season, coming on to get the final outs, the first with runners in scoring position, and then the final one with the bases loaded. The Ole Miss bullpen was as key to the victory as Orvis’ bat. Scott Weathersby and Wyatt Short didn’t allow a run in 6.1 innings of work.
LSU starter Alex Lange struck out 13 batters in his eight innings of work, a career high.
Ole Miss has a chance to earn a series win over the Tigers (17-2) today, and win a series in Alex Box for the first time since 1982. Sunday’s game can be seen on the SEC Network at 3.
Here are Bianco, Orvis, Short and Brady Bramlett, who started the game for the Rebels, following the contest.