Down to its last out, LSU baseball stuns Ole Miss. Here’s how the Tigers did it.

Down to its last out, LSU baseball stuns Ole Miss. Here's how the Tigers did it.
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OXFORD, Miss. — A lot was working against LSU late in its series finale at Ole Miss on Sunday.

Star slugger Tommy White had exited the game with an injury in the bottom of the second, and LSU found itself down a run and facing its final out in the top of the ninth after leaving 12 baserunners stranded to that point.

But after the Tigers managed to take two free bases, pinch hitter Hayden Travinski knocked a three-run homer down the left-field line off of reliever Mitch Murrell to give LSU a 7-6 victory at Swayze Field. The win earned LSU its first Southeastern Conference series sweep this season.

“It’s only as big (of a situation) as you make it, I had nerves going into the box, but based off his tendencies, I knew there was a high probability that he was going to throw a slider,” Travinski said. “He just happened to leave one up a little bit with two strikes and I got a good swing.” 

Travinski had six home runs last year, and had started at catcher Saturday, but this was his first hit to clear the fence this season, and it came at just the right time. 

“It’s not about me at the end of the day: It’s about this team,” Travinski said. “It’s about us holding a trophy. That’s the stuff that matters. I’m not gonna be talking about, ‘Oh, I didn’t get this at-bat in this inning.’ That doesn’t matter.”

LSU struck first Sunday. After two straight singles by Gavin Dugas and Tre’ Morgan in the first inning, Dylan Crews lined a single up the middle to plate Dugas to make it 1-0. The remaining Tigers struck out in order.

One of those was White, who was pulled from the game with an injury in the bottom of the second. That moved Brayden Jobert to White’s spot at third base and brought Josh Pearson into the game in Jobert’s vacated spot in right.

The Tigers (32-7, 12-5) would miss White as they went on to strand a dozen runners in the contest, going 6 for 24 with runners on.

The Rebels (21-19, 3-15) responded in the bottom of the first with two straight hits by Jacob Gonzalez and Ethan Groff. Gonzalez advanced to third on a flyout and scored on Calvin Harris’ sac fly to tie the game 1-1.

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