Ole Miss hit four home runs and came from behind to beat LSU 11-9 on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Alex Box Stadium.
Preston Overbey hit two homers and Austin Anderson and Will Allen hit one each as the Rebels avoided a sweep in the three-game series.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri rested several key players and even left the game early to attend his son Tommy’s graduation from Catholic High School.
The outcome had no practical significance as the Tigers (48-8 and 23-7 in the Southeastern Conference) were locked in as the No. 2 seed in the SEC tourney and already had guaranteed themselves the best regular-season record in school history. They will play their tourney opener against an opponent to be determined Wednesday afternoon in Hoover, Ala.
The Rebels are 36-20 and 15-15.
Ole Miss scored five runs in the seventh to take a 10-9 lead. With one out, Kevin Berry gave up a single to Andrew Mistone and a walk to Sikes Orvis. Kevin Berry relived and gave up a three-run homer to Overbey, who had homered in the second inning.
Will Jamison doubled ahead of Allen’s homer that put the Rebels ahead. That was the fourth homer allowed by the Tigers, who had allowed just one multi-homer game previously — when Alcorn State hit two.
LSU threatened to tie the score in the bottom half as Nate Fury led off with a double and Chris Sciambra sacrificed him to third. Rebels closer Brett Huber came in and got Alex Edward to roll out to third as Fury held. After intentionally walking Tyler Moore, Huber struck out Chris Chinea.
The Rebels added a run in the eighth on Orvis’ double-play grounder.
Ole Miss led 2-0 when Casey Yocom started a seven-run rally in the third for LSU with a leadoff single. Andrew Stevenson singled him to third before starter Bobby Wahl struck out Fury.
Sciambra, Edward and Moore had consecutive RBI single to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Chinea’s sacrifice fly made it 4-2 before Wahl walked Michael Barash and Chris Ellis relieved. Jared Foster doubled in a run and Yocom hit a two-run single to make it 7-2.
Ole Miss fought back in the fourth as Tanner Mathis and Auston Bousfield drew back-to-back walks and Anderson hit his third homer of the season to make it 7-5.
LSU starter Ryan Eades, who had allowed just one homer coming in, got the final two outs before being replaced by Brent Bonvillain to start the fifth. It was the third poor outing by Eades in 14 starts. In all three he has allowed five runs in four innings.
LSU increased the lead to 9-5 in the sixth on Foster’s RBI grounder and Yocom’s RBI single.
The Rebels took a 2-0 lead against Eades in the second when Mistone led off with a single and one out later Overbey hit his fourth home run of the season.