Coleman, Dean Lead No. 2 Baseball to 6-5 Win
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- LSU starter Louis Coleman’s career-high 10 strikeouts and designated hitter Blake Dean’s four RBI led second-ranked LSU to a 6-5 victory over No. 11 Ole Miss on a chilly Saturday afternoon in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (20-6, 5-3) will go for their seventh straight SEC series victory, dating back to last season, in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. The Rebels (16-7, 5-3) look to capture their third straight SEC series win of the season.
Coleman (6-1) threw a brilliant seven innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out ten. Coleman leads the SEC in wins with six.
Dean led all LSU hitters in the game, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI. His four hits and four RBI tied his season-highs in both categories.
Also contributing for LSU offensively was left fielder Jared Mitchell, who went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. He also scored twice.
“I was so excited about some of the early clutch hits we had,” Mainieri said. “We got four big hits today and that looked like it would be enough because of the outstanding performance by Louis Coleman.”
LSU went up 1-0 in the third inning when Mitchell singled home third baseman Tyler Hanover, who singled two batters earlier and reached second on a wild pitch.
Dean made the score 2-0 when he laced a single through the right side to score Mitchell, who stole his SEC-leading 22nd base of the season when he took second a few pitches earlier.
The Tigers added to their lead in the fifth when Dean doubled and later scored on a single by Ryan Schimpf to make the score 3-0 LSU.
Ole Miss cut the LSU lead to 3-1 when first baseman Matt Smith singled in leftfielder Logan Power, who walked and got to third on a passed ball. The run was unearned.
The Tigers took a 6-1 lead in the sixth when Dean delivered a two-out, base-clearing single with the bases loaded.
The Rebels responded in the eighth when right fielder Jeremy Travis singled to the right side to score center fielder Jordan Henry to make the score 6-2.
Junior right-hander Paul Bertuccini entered the game in relief for Coleman after Travis’ single and struck out the first two batters he faced before freshman reliever Matty Ott came in with the bases loaded. Ott retired second baseman Zach Miller on a ground out to end the inning.
Ole Miss threatened in the ninth when it cut the deficit to 6-4 on a Jeremy Travis single that scored Henry and pinch runner Tim Ferguson. The Rebels made the score 6-5 when Smith singled to right, scoring Logan Power.
Ott struck out the next batter, Evan Button, to end the Rebels’ threat and collect his fourth save of the year.
LSU will start sophomore right-hander Austin Ross (3-2, 2.86 ERA) on Sunday, while Ole Miss will counter with senior right-hander Scott Bittle (1-2, 5.06 ERA).
LSU 6, Ole Miss 5 (Mar 28, 2009 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Ole Miss............ 000 001 013 - 5 9 0 (16-7, 5-3 SEC)
LSU................... 002 013 00X - 6 12 2 (20-6, 5-3 SEC)
Pitchers: Ole Miss - Phillip Irwin; Nathan Baker(6).
LSU - Louis Coleman; Paul Bertuccini(8); Matty Ott(8).
Win-Louis Coleman(6-1) Save-Matty Ott(4) Loss-Phillip Irwin(4-1) T-3:26 A-10025
Actual Attendance: 6,774
Coleman faced 3 batters in the 8th.