OXFORD--On Sunday at Swayze Field, No. 21 Ole Miss claimed the weekend series over No. 2 Louisville with a 4-2 victory in the rubber match. The Rebels (6-1) used a three-run rally, courtesy of four straight hits and a sacrifice fly, in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead and keep it for the remainder of the contest.
"Obviously, this was a big weekend against a really good team - we got challenged in a lot of areas this week," said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. "It was nice to play well here and finish off the weekend on a positive note."
Sean Johnson (2-0) picked up his second straight win. David Parkinson added 1.2 scoreless innings of relief after Johnson's day was completed, and closer Wyatt Short (3) tallied his third save. Short's career saves total has now reached 16, which puts him tied for fifth in Ole Miss Baseball history.
Will Golsan hit his first career home run with a solo shot to left field and ended the day with two RBI. Tate Blackman increased his hitting streak to seven games, and Cameron Dishon put together a multi-hit game at the bottom of the lineup. Ole Miss scored all four runs off Louisville starting pitcher Drew Harrington (1-1).
Mississippi State 8, Nicholls 0: Former Poplarville High standout Zac Houston struck out 10 batters and allowed three hits in six innings pitched as the Bulldogs prevailed. Brent Rooker had two hits and three RBI for the Bulldogs. Jacob Robson scored three runs.
"This was a good weekend," MSU coach John Cohen said. "Playing four games really tests your kids mentally. We knew our starters had to come out and perform better this weekend. Each one of them made some adjustments, and you could tell the type of stuff that each one has."