College Sports

No. 14 Ole Miss blasts Memphis

Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco
Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco

Three home runs combined with a masterful performance by freshman starting pitcher James McArthur led No. 14 Ole Miss to a 7-0 victory over Memphis Tuesday evening at AutoZone Park. McArthur pitched a career-high seven scoreless innings, while the Rebel bats did the rest to earn the midweek victory.

Will Golsan and Michael Fitzsimmons hit back-to-back homers as part of a four-run sixth inning. It was the third home run this season by each Rebel as the duo became the first Ole Miss sluggers to go back-to-back since Sikes Orvis and Colby Bortles accomplished the feat versus UT Martin, April 15, 2015. Colby Bortles also left the yard in the eighth inning for his fourth home run of the season. Along with the three homers, the Rebels (27-10) racked up 10 hits throughout the night. Bortles, Errol Robinson and J.B. Woodman also recorded two hits apiece.

McArthur (5-0) tied his career high with seven strikeouts to earn his fifth victory in his last six starts. The freshman allowed just four hits and two walks during the career-long outing of seven scoreless frames. The combination of McArthur and Brady Feigl gave Ole Miss its second consecutive shutout in the last two victories.

For Memphis (13-24), six Tigers recorded a hit. On the mound, starter Jonathan Bowlan (1-4) allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through 6.0 innings.

Ole Miss took advantage of a Memphis miscue to plate the first run of the contest. In the top of the second, Golsan reached base on an error by the second baseman to keep the inning alive. After Fitzsimmons walked, DJ Miller smacked a hard single to left field that brought Golsan around third and into home for the freshman's first career RBI. Following a pair of hits to begin the bottom half of the frame, McArthur prevented Memphis from scoring; the freshman recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat and keep the Rebels in front, 1-0.

With McArthur holding Memphis scoreless, the Rebels used the long ball to tally four runs in the sixth. Woodman singled and stole second base before scoring on a two-out single by Bortles. Golsan doubled the 2-0 advantage with a two-run blast to left field, and Fitzsimmons followed with a solo shot of his own. The back-to-back jacks completed the big inning and gave Ole Miss a 5-0 cushion.

McArthur finished out his phenomenal night by retiring eight of the final 11 batters he faced, putting together the longest outing of his Ole Miss career and placing seven zeroes in the Memphis scoring column.

In the eighth, Bortles' home run cleared the Ole Miss bullpen in left center and increased the lead to six runs. As Feigl entered out of the bullpen, Memphis threatened to score for the first time. With two on and two outs, a single up the middle looked as if the hope of a shutout was all but lost; however, Woodman unleashed a cannon and nailed the runner at the plate to hold the score at 6-0.

Ole Miss added another run in the ninth, scoring on a passed ball. Feigl came back out to finish the game, sending Memphis down in order to preserve the shutout.

Tulane 12, Southern Miss 0: Tulane scored four times in the first inning and limited Southern Miss to two hits in cruising to a 12-0 victory over the 19th-ranked Golden Eagles at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium Tuesday night.

Southern Miss (27-11) dropped its third game over the last four contests, but look to rebound this weekend as they play host to fellow Conference USA leader, Rice, in a three-game set at Pete Taylor Park.

J.P. France limited the Golden Eagles to one hit over six innings with four walks and seven strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 3-1 on the season. Four Green Wave hurlers combined to limit Southern Miss to a season-low tying two hits, a pair of singles by Tim Lynch in the first and eighth innings, while also fanning 11 Golden Eagles, which tied a Southern Miss season high.

Stephen Alemais led off the first inning with a double and, after a sacrifice bunt, Southern Miss starter Stevie Powers walked the next two batters before hitting Lex Kaplan with a pitch to drive in the game's first run. Hunter Williams, who led the Green Wave with four RBI, doubled the bases clean to give the home squad a 4-0 advantage after one frame.

Tulane extended the lead in the second to 6-0 on a two-run homer by Hunter Hope, his 10th of the year, and Powers night ended not much later, as he suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. Powers allowed six runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout over 1 2/3 innings.

The Green Wave then added a solo run in the fourth and then tallied three more in the sixth and two more in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Seven Southern Miss pitchers combined to allow a season-high tying 12 walks as eight of the Green Wave runs that scored either reach via a walk or hit by pitch.

Tulane (23-13) swept the two-game season series with the Golden Eagles.