Ole Miss scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn a thrilling comeback victory over Auburn Sunday at Swayze Field. The Rebels (31-10, 10-8 SEC) rallied from five runs down, scoring six in the last two innings to win 6-5 and complete the series sweep of the Tigers (18-22, 5-13 SEC).
Ryan Olenek belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth before Henri Lartigue delivered the game-winning hit for the walkoff victory. It was only fitting that Lartigue drove in the winning run. The junior catcher was the Rebels' leading hitter all afternoon, going 4-for-5 to tie his career high in hits. Colby Bortles started the comeback with a two-run homer in the eighth, his fifth blast of the season.
Right-handed pitcher James McArthur saw his first appearance in SEC play, and did not disappoint in a lengthy relief outing. McArthur tossed 4 2/3 innings and allowed only two hits while striking out four Auburn batters. Andy Pagnozzi (6-2) earned the win after retiring all three batters in the top of the ninth.
Auburn used a big second inning to take their first lead of the weekend. The Tigers scored four runs on four hits to force Ole Miss starter Sean Johnson out of the ball game. With one out, McArthur entered the game and cleaned up the situation, posting back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
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Later in the eighth inning, the Rebels fought back. J.B. Woodman reached first on a fielder's choice as Tate Blackman was called out at second. With one out and a runner on first, Bortles stepped up to the dish and slammed a two-run home run over the right field wall, cutting the Auburn lead to 5-2.
LSU 11, Mississippi State 8: In the final game of its SEC series Sunday at Alex Box Stadium, LSU outlasted Mississippi State. MSU won its first series from LSU since 2006.
MSU fell to 27-13-1 overall and 10-8 in league play, while LSU moved to 27-13 and 10-8. MSU, LSU and Ole Miss are in a three-way tie for second place in the Western Division standings -- two games behind Texas A&M.
Jake Mangum had three hits and two RBIs for the Bulldogs, while extending his hitting streak to eight-straight games, tying a career high. Brent Rooker, Lowe, Gavin Collins, Ryan Gridley and Hunter Stovall each added multiple hits. Humphreys had three RBIs.
The Bulldogs took the first lead for a third straight game by scoring three times in the third inning. Rooker had an RBI-double, while Humphreys had a sacrifice fly and Lowe had an RBI double.
LSU then grabbed its first lead of the series by scoring four times in the fourth inning. An MSU error tied the game and Cole Freeman gave the Tigers the lead with an RBI single.
MSU starter Konnor Pilkington (1-1), a former East Central standout, was lifted with one out during the fourth inning. Eight Bulldog hurlers would follow. The longest relief stint belonged to Keegan James, who threw two innings.