No. 4 LSU's Grant Dozar drove home the winning run with an infield single in the top of the 13th inning Friday night as the Tigers won their ninth one-run Southeastern Conference game of the season, 4-3 over No. 25 Ole Miss at Oxford, Miss.
LSU improved to 37-10 and at 15-7 in the SEC remained in a first-place tie in conference with No. 3 South Carolina, which beat Arkansas 8-6 in 10 innings Friday night.
Overview: Dozar proved to be the nemesis to Ole Miss reliever R.J. Hively (5-3). Dozar's solo home run in the eighth inning off Hively tied it at 3-3. Then in the 13, Raph Rhymes walked, moved to third on a single by Tyler Moore, then scored on Dozar's one-out, infield hit to the left side.
Hively pitched well in relief of Rebels ace Bobby Wahl, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six in six innings. But he could not outperform a superb LSU bullpen, which saw five pitchers combine for 5 1/3 shutout innings in relief of ace Kevin Gausman.
Turning Point: Dozar's eighth-inning home run ended the momentum Ole Miss (30-17, 10-12) built after the Rebels rallied for two runs in the seventh against Gausman to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Snyder led the inning off with his 12th home run of the year.
Key Player: Goes to the collective LSU bullpen. Chris Cotton (1 2/3 innings), Nick Rumbelow (1/3 inning), Brent Bonvillain (1 1/3 innings), Joey Bourgeois (one inning to improve to 3-2) and Nick Goody (one inning for his ninth save) each took turns slamming the door on the Rebels batters.
Key Stat: Two, the number of home runs hit by the increasingly powerful Tigers at the plate. Aside from Dozar's fourth home run, Moore also hit his fourth, off Wahl in the second inning. ... Wahl and Hively combined to strike out 12 Tigers. ... Rhymes went 2-for-5 and finished the day still batting .500.
Next: 2 p.m. Saturday with LSU right-hander Ryan Eades (5-2, 3.29) facing Ole Miss righty Mike Mayers (4-2, 3.69).