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Auburn loses another; LSU edges Tide in 9th

The Associated Press

Cody Overbeck's two-run homer in the fourth inning helped No. 13 Ole Miss pull off a 4-2 win over Auburn on Friday in the first game of a three-game set.

Overbeck and Brett Basham, who had an RBI groundout in the seventh inning, handed Auburn pitcher Paul Burnside his first loss of the season in what was the longest outing of his career.

Burnside gave the Tigers (19-10, 0-7 SEC) seven innings of very good baseball before Overbeck and Basham came to bat, striking out a career-high nine while walking just two.

The Rebels (20-8, 4-3 SEC) added an insurance run in the ninth with Logan Power's solo shot off of Brett Butts.

Auburn, which out-hit Ole Miss 6-4, got all of its runs courtesy of Mike Bianucci's eighth home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth.

Will Kline went the distance for Ole Miss, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out 11.

The two teams return to the field on Saturday at 2 p.m.

LSU 5, Alabama 4: Michael Hollander launched a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift LSU over No. 25 Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

LSU improved to 16-11-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the SEC. Alabama fell to 17-11 and 3-4. The teams meet in the second game of the series at 6 p.m. Saturday.

LSU trailed 4-2 entering the ninth inning before the Tigers staged a dramatic rally. Alabama reliever Tommy Hunter walked third baseman J.T. Wise and pinch hitter Ryan Schimpf to start the inning.

Center fielder Jared Mitchell fouled out to third base for the first out before second baseman Chris McGhee grounded out to second base, advancing the runners to second and third.

Hollander then drove Hunter's 1-2 pitch just beyond the right-centerfield wall to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

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