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GAMETHREAD: Ole Miss (21-13) @ LSU (24-11), 7:00 p.m., SECN+

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Tigers to honor Todd Walker, take series from Rebels

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LSU crushed Ole Miss Thursday night to win Game 1 by a score of 15-2 and they look to take the series tonight at 7.

Before the game, LSU will retire Todd Walker’s number. His 12 will join the likes of Eddy Furniss’ 36, Ben McDonald’s 19, and Skip Bertman’s 15. Walker was a two time first-team All American for the Tigers and 1993 SEC Player of the year, leading the Tigers to their second national championship in 1993, hitting the walkoff single in the College World Series final. He posted a career batting average of .396 and stands as the SEC all-time leader in hits (234), RBI (246), and total bases (557).

Walker had a 12 year career in the majors, coming up through the Twins organization where he played for five years before getting traded in the middle of 2000 to the Rockies and again to the Reds. In Cincinnati he had arguably his best season in 2002, batting .299/.353/.431 with 64 RBIs and 11 home runs, posting a WAR of 2.3

With a win, LSU can extend to their streak of series victories over Ole Miss to 19. The last time the Rebels won a series in Baton Rouge was 1982, when Walker was nine years old.

Starters

Ole Miss: David Parkinson (2.85 ERA, 47.1 IP, 4.00 K/BB [48/12])

LSU: Jared Poche’ (2.32 ERA, 50.1 IP, 2.75 K/BB [33/21])