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LSU takes series from Rebels

Anne McDaniel | Special to The Democrat — LSU base runner Mikie Mahtook gets caught in a rundown trying to steal third base as Ole Miss second baseman Alex Yarbrough prepares to throw to third baseman Preston Overbey during the 5th inning of play in Sunday’s game in Baton Rouge. LSU won the game 8-2.

BATON ROUGE — LSU senior Ben Alsup fired eight strong innings, and centerfielder Mikie Mahtook and second baseman JaCoby Jones each delivered two hits and two RBI to lead the 16th-ranked Tigers (20-8, 3-6 SEC) to an 8-2 victory over Ole Miss in the rubber match Sunday.

Ole Miss dropped to 19-10 overall and 4-5 in Southeastern Conference play with the loss.

Alsup’s eight-inning effort was a career-high game total as the right-hander improved to 4-3 on the season. He limited the Rebels to only two runs off eight hits and two walks and struck out four.

In addition to recording two hits and two RBI, Mahtook and Jones each scored a pair of runs and drew a walk. Mahtook also notched his third triple of the season and raised his season average to .404. Shortstop Austin Nola contributed two RBI as well, and designated hitter Raph Rhymes provided a pair of hits and runs out of the lead-off spot.

“Ben Alsup gave us a masterful performance today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He made some extraordinarily good pitches in tough situations, and he displayed the poise of a seasoned veteran.”

LSU capitalized on some Ole Miss defensive miscues in the bottom of the first inning to score three runs and take an early 3-0 lead.

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