The LSU bullpen had another rough night on the road.
Four relievers allowed 11 runs on six hits and six walks in a disastrous sixth inning as Ole Miss turned a 3-3 ballgame into a 14-3 rout of LSU in taking the series opener at Swayze Field in Oxford on Thursday night.
Zack Hess did what he could to limit the damage on a night when he didn’t have his best stuff. He scattered seven hits and four walks over five innings before leaving with an elevated pitch count having allowed three runs.
LSU meanwhile scratched out three runs against Ole Miss ace Ryan Rollison. Nick Coomes drove in two runs on a pair of running-scoring ground balls and Antoine Duplantis drove in the other run on a RBI groundout.
The game was tied headed to the bottom of the sixth inning when LSU coach Paul Mainieri hooked Hess with a pitch count of 108. His bullpen promptly continued the meltdown it began last weekend at South Carolina.
John Kodros took over. He faced three Rebels and allowed all of them to reach. Matt Beck and continued his own struggles, getting tagged for five earned runs while only recording one out. Taylor Petersen came on and allowed three more runs as things spiraled out of hand.
LSU will look to even the series on Friday night with Ma’Khail Hilliard on the mound. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.