LSU’S 10-1 VICTORY SENDS REBELS TUMBLING TO 1-16 IN SEC PLAY
By Chris Burrows
OXFORD Just when you think it can’t get any worse for the Ole Miss Rebels think again.
This time LSU didn’t leave it in suspense, roaring past the Rebels 10-1 Saturday before a season-high crowd of 3,438 in Oxford-University Stadium.
The loss came on the heels of a 6-5, 13-inning heartbreaker defeat on Friday and dropped the Rebels to an incredible 1-16 in the SEC, 16-19 overall.
The Tigers improved to 12-5 in the SEC, guaranteeing themselves no worse than a tie for the SEC Western Division lead pending Saturday’s result between co-leader Alabama and Mississippi State, who trailed the co-leaders by a single game.
“Some days just aren’t much fun at the yard,” said Ole Miss coach Don Kessinger, whose frustration was topped only by his amazement at a 1-16 league mark. “This wasn’t like last night (Friday). Today, they were better.”
Mike Koerner popped a pair of two-run homers, with Nathan Dunn and Eddy Furniss adding a homer apiece. Pitcher Kevin Shipp, a transfer from Meridian Community College, limited the Rebels to only three hits by masterfully mixing his off-speed pitches.
“Our effort was good, but it just doesn’t look like you’re playing hard when you can’t get anybody on base,” Kessinger said. “But we didn’t adjust well to Shipp and you’ve got to give them credit for that.”
The Rebels avoided the shutout in the bottom of the eighth inning when John Knight tripled and scored on Iuka product Richy Harrelson’s infield single. The game’s only other hit was registered by Tupelo’s Brad Henderson, a one-out single in the second inning.
Mickey Callaway took the loss, as LSU gradually pulled away after ringing up three runs in the first inning. The Tigers added a run in the fourth and sixth innings before a four-spot in the seventh inning erased any doubts.
The third game of the weekend series is scheduled for 2 p.m. today, weather permitting. The Rebels hit the road for a week with a series at Southern Miss and Alabama.
“We’ve got to come back tomorrow (Sunday) with our heads up, because it’s a new game,” Kessinger said. “Obviously we’re frustrated about what’s happening to us in the SEC. But one thing is certain, we’re not going to let our effort and enthusiasm slide.”
LSU 10, OLE MISS 1
LSU 300 101 401 – 10 14 0
Ole Miss 000 000 010 – 1 3 1
WP – Kevin Shipp (2-2). LP – Mickey Callaway (3-6). Multiple hits – (LSU) Mike Koerner 2, Nathan Dunn 3, Justin Bowles 2, Trey McClure 2. 2B – (LSU) Justin Bowles 2, Chad Cooley, Trey McClure, Jason Williams. 3B – (OM) John Knight. HR – (LSU) Dunn, Eddy Furniss, Mike Koerner 2. Records: Ole Miss 16-19, 1-16. LSU 32-8, 12-5. Attendance: 3,438. Time: 2:05.
Notes: The third game of the series will be played today at 2 p.m. …Tupelo’s Brad Henderson had one of the three hits for the Rebels, while Iuka’s Richy Harrelson drove in the game’s only run with an infield hit in the eighth inning. …The crowd of 3,438 was the eighth-largest in Oxford-University Stadium history. …LSU leads the SEC with 79 homers.