Ole Miss baseball slump continues in 7-2 defeat vs LSU for fourth straight series loss

Nick Suss
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Ole Miss baseball picked a bad time to slump.

No. 10 Ole Miss lost 7-2 against LSU Friday night to drop its fourth straight SEC series. The Rebels (27-12, 9-8 SEC) have batted 7-for-35 (.200) with runners on base in two losses against the Tigers, including a 5-4 loss Thursday. This included batting 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position Friday after hitting 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position Thursday.

This is the first time Ole Miss has lost four straight SEC series since 2002. 

Left-handed junior Doug Nikhazy allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings with 11 strikeouts. The Tigers tagged him for both of the runs in the sixth inning on three hits and an error. Nikhazy now owns a 0.86 ERA in five SEC starts with 48 strikeouts.

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The issue for Ole Miss Friday was the offense couldn't help Nikhazy out. Ole Miss put two runners on with no outs in the second and fourth innings but both rallies ended without the Rebels scoring because of double plays. 

LSU tagged Ole Miss for five more runs in the ninth inning with a grand slam and an RBI single off relief pitcher Jackson Kimbrell. Four of the runs from that grand slam were earned, bumping Ole Miss' bullpen ERA to 11.19 in 23⅓ innings in its last eight SEC games. 

Ole Miss and LSU play the third game of this series as Ole Miss will aim to avoid a sweep at noon on Saturday. 

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