Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco who spent 7 years as a player and coach under LSU coach Skip Bertman returned to Baton Rouge Friday night with his Rebels tied with the Tigers atop the SEC West Division. Before the night was over, the teacher, Skip Bertman led his Tigers past the pupil 15 to 2.
Ole Miss (26-11-1) starter Pete Montrenes (7-3), a transfer from Southern Cal who pitched against LSU (26-9-1) in the NCAA regionals last year, couldn't find home plate. The Tigers plated 6 runs in the bottom of the 5th thanks to 5 walks, three that plated runs.
LSU starter Jason Scobie had his game in high gear going 8 innings giving up 6 hits, 2 runs on 2 walks and tossed 5 strikeouts. The second ranked Tigers would add 3 runs in the 6th, 2 in the 7th and 3 in the 8th on a three run blast off the bat of Sean Barker.
The 22nd ranked Rebels drop into a second place tie in the SEC West Division with Alabama (10-6). LSU moves into sole possession of first place with 11 wins and 5 losses. The Rebels and Tigers clash 3:00 p.m. Saturday, game two of the three game weekend series.