Ole Miss

Ole Miss ends 6-game skid against USM with 6-2 win in Pearl

Mike Bianco
Mike Bianco

PEARL -- Ole Miss has recently had trouble in just about every offensive category.

Not scoring runs, not getting the timely hits and striking out too much.

That definitely wasn't the case on Tuesday night as the No. 15-ranked Rebels held off Southern Miss 6-2 in front of an announced crowd of 4,104 at Trustmark Park.

With the win, Ole Miss snapped a six-game losing streak to the Golden Eagles. Ole Miss (22-7) and Southern Miss (22-8) will play each other again on April 13 at Swayze Field in Oxford.

The Rebels scored five of their six runs with two outs.

"I thought the two hits were huge, but also I thought tonight we played with a lot of confidence and played aggressive early," 15-year Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. "We talk a lot about keeping that chain together being aggressive and confident and some guys had a big night because of that."

The two biggest timely hits were by Ryan Olenek and Connor Cloyd.

Olenek's came in the second inning when he delivered a two-out, two-run single to center that gave the Rebels a 3-0 lead.

In the third inning, Cloyd had a two-run single to center that gave Ole Miss a 5-0 lead.

Olenek ended up with three hits, all singles, to lead the Rebels offensively.

"I got moved up to the two-hole so my job is to get on base, so I mainly go up and to get on base," Olenek said. "The two-out hit was big for me tonight because these last couple of games I went up to bat with runners on and didn't get the job done so it feels good getting runs in."

J.B. Woodman, Errol Robinson and Cloyd all had two hits for Ole Miss.

"We had several guys with huge nights for us and you need that to happen consistently," Bianco said. "I think when we were losing five in a row you feel like you hit rock bottom. I'm proud of how we've bounced back these last couple of games because we need to play like we did the first 22 games to be successful in our league."

Rebel starter James McArthur had stellar outing. McArthur (4-0) lasted six innings, scattered four hits, no runs, walked two and struck out five.

Dylan Burdeaux and Hunter Slater each had two hits for Southern Miss.

Former Pascagoula star Tracy Hadley is now playing 3rd base and hitting clean up following the knee injury to Taylor Braley that'll sideline him for the rest of the season.

"We obviously didn't started the game the way we wanted or needed to," said USM coach Scott Berry. "We didn't do well enough to counter their attack on us."