OXFORD-- The pitching staff turned in another dominant performance as Ole Miss defeated Stetson 11-1 to claim the weekend series.
Christian Trent (1-0) led another solid outing by Rebel pitchers, working six innings and allowing one run on three hits with six strikeouts. Trent did not walk a batter and worked a perfect 3.2 innings before Stetson would get its first base runner of the game with a hit batter.
Austin Anderson led the Rebels (2-0) at the plate, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored on the afternoon as the Ole Miss offense pounded out 11 runs on 18 hits. Fellow senior Will Allen went 2-for-3 with five RBI and a run scored while adding a walk.
"Christian Trent was really good for us today," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "All three of his pitches were working and he was throwing a lot of early strikes. He really kept them off balance. I'm proud of him for his first outing.
Missouri 4, Southern Miss 2: Southern Miss scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but could not hold off a late Missouri rally as the Tigers scored in three-straight frames late to beat the Golden Eagles at Cowboy Diamond.
The loss for Southern Miss ruined a solid starting effort from senior Cameron Giannini (Danville, Va.), who allowed just one run on one hit over 5 2/3 with a career-high nine strikeouts and just two walks. In his first career start for the Golden Eagles, Giannini retired 14 batters in a row at one point, including five consecutive strikeouts during the stretch. The Golden Eagles jumped out to with a pair of runs in the first: Mason Robbins' RBI single and Matt Durst's RBI double.
Mississippi State 6, Western Carolina 1: Mississippi State picked up its first win of the college baseball season with a victory over Western Carolina at Dudy Noble Field.
Trevor Fitts picked up the squad's first quality start of the season as junior right-hander allowed seven hits and one run, with a career-high 11 strikeouts and two walks. Jacob Lindgren, Preston Brown and Jonathan Holder followed. Holder, a Gulfport native, faced four batters and struck out two for his first save of the season.
MSU (1-1) scored three runs in both the fourth and eighth innings.
In the fourth inning, Biloxi's Cody Brown had an RBI-triple. After a pair of walks, Jake Vickerson added a two-run single. Wes Rea of Harrison Central added a two-run single and C.T. Bradford drew a bases-loaded walk.
MSU finished with nine hits, including multi-hit games by Alex Detz and Pirtle. Detz has now reached base safely in 25 straight games dating back to last season.
No. 2 LSU 7, UNO 4: LSU overcame freshman reliever Parker Bugg's wild ninth inning and held off the Privateers at Zephyr Field before 7,071 in the 2014 Urban Invitational.
Designated hitter Sean McMullen led the Tigers (2-0) with a 3-for-4 performance with two RBIs. Shortstop Alex Bregman was 3 of 5 with an RBI and second baseman Conner Hale added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.