On a gorgeous April Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field fans came out in full force to see No. 10 Ole Miss take on No. 7 LSU.
The rubber game in the series proved to be a test of two top-ten teams battling it out for a series win. LSU was able to shutout the Rebels by a score of 2-0 in wrapping up the series victory.
No. 10 Ole Miss (30-11, 10-8 SEC) got no runs on six hits. In was the first shutout of the year suffered by the Rebels.
The stadium was a sea of red and blue with a few spots of purple and gold sprinkled in on the first base side. The cheer of GEAUX Tigers was echoed by the Hotty Toddy cheer.
The whole weekend Rebel fans showed up in huge numbers in support of their team. In Thursday’s game, the attendance was 9,861; Friday brought out a crowd of 10,061; and Saturday 9,741 fans rocked Swayze. That gave the Rebels a new three-day attendance record of 29,663 fans at Swayze Field.
Coach Mike Bianco discussed the tough loss after the game:
“It was a frustrating game and you have to tip your hats to them,” said Bianco. “We just could not mount any thing against them today.
“We are so thankful for the fans that support us,” he added.
The Tigers scored the first run of the game in the third inning. Conner Hale came into score off of a single by Andrew Stevenson.
Ole Miss starter Sam Smith worked a total of 7.1 innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and struck out three Tiger batters. Smith took the loss.
Coach Bianco called on the arm of Wyatt Short to come in relief of Smith.
The Rebels broke up Tigers starter Alden Cartwright’s no-hitter in the fourth inning with back-to-back singles by Auston Bousfield and Austin Anderson.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sikes Orvis delivered a two-out double to right center.
Hale then hit the game-winning solo home run in the eighth inning that pushed the Tigers lead to 2 to 0.
The Rebels will take on Mississippi State on Tuesday night in the annual Governors Cup game at 6:30 p.m. The game ill be played at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.
–Adam Brown, sports editor of HottyToddy.com
Photos by Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics
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