Mason Katz ended a 25-game home run drought to trigger a four-homer game by LSU as the Tigers beat Ole Miss 7-1 in the opener of a three-game series Thursday night at Alex Box Stadium.
He moved from first base to start at second because JaCoby Jones was sidelined by an undisclosed injury to his left hand and Tyler Moore took Katz’s usual position.
Katz hit a double and scored during a two-run first-inning, led off the fourth with the first of the Tigers’ four home runs and doubled again in the eighth.
Christian Ibarra, Raph Rhymes and Sean McMullen also homered as LSU had its first multi-homer game since April 20, its first four-homer game since March 30 and its home game with more than two homers this season.
That provided plenty of offense for Cody Glenn (6-2), who pitched seven innings and allowed eight hits and one run.
The Tigers, 47-7 and 22-6 in the Southeastern Conference, and the Rebels, 35-19 and 14-14, meet at 7 p.m. Friday.
LSU hit Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers (4-5) hard after one was out in the first. Mark Laird ripped a double to right and Alex Bregman followed with an RBI single.
Katz lined a double down the third-base line, but Bregman was thrown out at the plate. Rhymes followed with another double down the line, sending Katz home for a 2-0 lead.
Mayers got the Tigers in order in the second and third before getting hit hard again in the fourth. Katz led off with his career-high 14th home run and after Rhymes went out on a hard grounder to first, Ibarra hit his sixth homer of the season for a 4-0 lead.
Rhymes hit a line drive to right-center with one out in the sixth and center fielder Auston Bousfield tried to make a diving catch but missed the ball. Rhymes circled the bases and scored after catcher Stuart Turner flipped him a collision as Turner went up the third-base line to try and field shortstop Austin Anderson’s relay throw home.
McMullen hit his second homer of the season with one out in the seventh and Moore’s sacrifice fly drove in the final run in the eighth.
Glenn didn’t have a clean inning the whole night, but he kept Ole Miss from scoring until the seventh. Tanner Mathis led off the game with a single and Anderson sacrificed, but Moore threw out Mathis trying to reach third on the bunt.
Andrew Mistone led off the second with s single and Preston Overbey singled him to third with two out, but Glenn stranded both.
Glenn got the leadoff hitter for the first time in the third, then hit Mathis before getting the next two batters.
Mistone led off the fourth with a single, but Glenn retired the next three in a row.
Glenn got the first two batters for the first time in the fifth, then yielded a single to Mathis before getting the third out.
Mistone was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth and Bousfield reached when Bregman misplayed his grounder to short for an error. Sikes Orvis followed with a grounder to Katz, who mishandled it then grabbed the ball and threw to first for the out. Glenn then got Overbey to ground out.
Glenn got the first two outs in the seventh before consecutive singles by Mathis, Anderson and Turner produced a run before Glenn go the final out.
Joey Bourgeois pitched a scoreless eighth and Will LaMarche pitched a scoreless ninth.