Jones, Nolas Lead Baseball to Series Win, 12-3

LSU's Aaron Nola
LSU's Aaron Nola
Hilary Scheinuk
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

OXFORD, Miss. - LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones drove in five runs Sunday, and right-hander Aaron Nola worked seven strong innings to lead fourth-ranked LSU to a 12-3 win over No. 24 Ole Miss at Swayze Field.

LSU, which won the series over the Rebels two games to one, improved to 38-11 overall and 16-8 in the SEC. The Tigers are tied with South Carolina for first place in the overall league race, and LSU has a four-game lead over Arkansas and Mississippi State in the Western Division standings.

Ole Miss dropped to 31-18 overall and 11-13 in the league with Sunday's loss.

LSU returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when the Tigers play host to Vanderbilt in Alex Box Stadium in Game 1 of a three-game series.

Jones, playing in his home state of Mississippi, was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, a homer and a career-best five RBI. Shortstop Austin Nola contributed a three-run homer, and rightfielder Mason Katz and catcher Ty Ross each unloaded solo shots.

The Tigers' four homers were the most by LSU in a single contest since May 20, 2010 when it hit four dingers against Mississippi State in Alex Box Stadium.

Aaron Nola (6-2) limited the Rebels to three runs on seven hits in seven innings with two walks and two strikeouts. 

SEC Baseball Standings
Eastern Division SEC Overall 
South Carolina 16-8 36-12
Kentucky 15-9 37-11
Florida 14-10 35-13
Georgia 12-12 28-20
Vanderbilt 11-13 23-24
Tennessee 8-16 23-24
Western Division SEC Overall 
LSU 16-8 38-11
Arkansas 12-12 34-15
Mississippi St. 12-12 29-18
Ole Miss 11-13 31-18
Auburn 10-14 25-22
Alabama 7-17 18-30

"I was very confident in the ability of Aaron Nola to pitch in this environment with great success," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "He's a young man with an inordinate amount of poise, and he gave us a tremendous outing today. We swung the bats with a lot of authority, and we earned a very important win. This is a tough place to play, and I'm extremely proud of this team for an outstanding effort all weekend. We've got a big week ahead with final exams, and then we'll begin to focus on Vanderbilt for next weekend."

Ole Miss starter Dylan Chavez (3-4) was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on four hits in three innings with one walk and one strikeout.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Jones lined a two-run double off of Chavez with the bases loaded.

Ole Miss tied the game in the third on a two-run single by first baseman Matt Snyder, but LSU regained the lead in the top of the fourth with a five-run outburst.

Catcher Ty Ross opened the LSU fourth with a home run, his third of the year, to give the Tigers a 3-2 advantage. LSU expanded the lead to 7-2 as Austin Nola launched a three-run homer and Ross picked up his second RBI of the frame with a bases-loaded walk.

LSU posted another five-run rally in the sixth to increase the margin to 12-2. Katz unloaded a solo homer - his ninth of the year - to start the frame, Ross delivered a sacrifice fly and Jones launched a three-run homer, his third dinger of the year.

LSU 12, Ole Miss 3 (May 06, 2012 at Oxford, Miss.)

LSU................... 020 505 000  - 12 13  1     (38-11, 16-8 SEC)
Ole Miss............ 002 000 100  -  3 10  0      (31-18, 11-13 SEC)

Pitchers: LSU - Aaron Nola; Joey Bourgeois(8); Nick Goody(9) and Ty Ross.
Ole Miss - Dylan Chavez; Josh Laxer(4); Aaron Greenwood(4); Hawtin Buchanan(6); Casey Mulholland(8) and
Will Allen; Austin Knight.
Win-Aaron Nola(6-2)  Loss-Dylan Chavez(3-4)  T-2:53  A-7650
HR LSU - Austin Nola (4); Mason Katz (9); Ty Ross (3); JaCoby Jones (3).
HR OM - Auston Bousfield (2).
D. Chavez faced 1 batter in the 4th.




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