It was all Hotty Toddy on Sunday in Hoover, Ala., as Ole Miss dominated LSU in the SEC Tournament final 9-1 to clinch the championship behind a wonderful display of pitching and timely hitting.
Sophomore right-hander Houston Roth turned in a good start for the Rebels, going 4⅓ innings while giving up just 1 run on 4 hits. The bullpen combination of Will Stokes, Ryan Rolison and Greer Holston did the rest, shutting down the Tigers the rest of the way.
A big seventh inning at the plate put the game away, with Ole Miss exploding for 4 runs, including a 2-run home run for Tim Rowe.
4 that mattered
Nick Fortes — The catcher was 4 for 4 on the day, scoring 2 runs with 1 RBI.
Will Golsan — The senior was dominant, going 3 for 5, driving in 2 runs and scoring twice. He also had a stolen base.
Houston Roth — Needing a big start to spare the bullpen, Roth provided just that for coach Mike Bianco, stretching his start into the fifth inning and keeping the Tigers to just 1 run.
Devin Fontenot — The Rebels jumped all over the LSU reliever for 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk in just ⅓ of an inning.
Did you know?
This is Ole Miss’ third SEC Tournament championship, with the previous two coming in 2006 and 1977.
The Rebels will be a national seed in the NCAA Tournament and host a regional in Oxford, Miss., during the upcoming weekend.