LSU drops game 3 to Ole Miss, 11-9

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No.2 LSU (48-8, 23-7 SEC) fell to No. 14 Ole Miss (36-20, 15-15 SEC) by a score of 11-9 in Game 3 of the series Saturday at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The Tigers took the first two games of the series, setting a school record for most wins in a regular season. The Rebels have not won a series in Baton Rouge since 1982. In addition, LSU set a new high for a single-season paid attendance figure at 413,588.

LSU now moves on to the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. to face either Auburn or Alabama at approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

LSU's 48 regular-season wins and its 23 SEC victories are the most in school history.

LSU rested most of its regular starting position players on the final day of the regular season. A lineup composed of back-up players collected nine runs on 15 hits against the Ole Miss staff.

"Our guys fought hard until the very last out," said LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn, who spoke to the media after the game so head coach Paul Mainieri could attend his son's high school graduation ceremony. "We played a lot of guys who normally don't get an opportunity in SEC games, and they gave us a tremendous effort. Our team has talent throughout the roster and great chemistry, and that was in evidence today."

Ole Miss second baseman Preston Overbey gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run home run.

The Fighting Tigers responded in the third inning with seven runs off of RBI singles from outfielder Chris Sciambra, designated hitter Alex Edward, third baseman Tyler Moore and shortstop Casey Yocom. Rightfielder Jared Foster added an RBI double, while catcher Chris Chinea provided another run on a sacrifice fly, pulling LSU ahead 7-2.

The Rebels answered with a three-run blast to right off the bat of shortstop Austin Anderson.

LSU got two more runs in the sixth off of a fielder's choice and another RBI single from Yocom, who finished 4-for-5 on the day. However, Ole Miss would counter again with a pair of home runs from Overbey and designated hitter Will Allen.

Yocom finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBI to lead the Tigers' offensive attack.

Rebel left-hander Matt Denny (2-1) – the fourth of five Ole Miss pitchers -- earned the win, giving up one hit in two-thirds of an inning.

Right-hander Kevin Berry (4-1) – the third of four LSU pitchers -- suffered the defeat, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning of work.

Ole Miss closer Brett Huber allowed no runs on one hit over the final 2.2 innings to earn his 12th save of the season.

LSU starter Ryan Eades worked the first four innings, and he allowed five runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Ole Miss starter Bobby Wahl, the ace of the Rebels' staff, surrendered six runs on six hits in just 2.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.