Ole Miss

Ole Miss downs Arkansas, Southern Miss takes C-USA lead

 Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco.
OLE MISS Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco.

OXFORD-- Behind seven scoreless innings from ace Brady Bramlett, No. 14 Ole Miss won its third straight game by taking the series opener over No. 21 Arkansas 7-3 Friday night in front of 9,051 at Swayze Field. Bramlett tied his career high with 12 strikeouts in a season-long outing for the Rebels (23-7, 4-6 SEC).

Bramlett's 12 strikeouts marked the fourth time in his career the redshirt junior has reached double digits. Bramlett allowed only three Razorback hits and issued one walk, retiring 16 batters in a row at one point.

Ole Miss also had a successful night at the plate, chalking up 11 hits. Seven of the Rebels hits occurred with runners in scoring position. Three hitters earned multi-hit games, including Henri Lartigue, Colby Bortles and Errol Robinson. Lartigue went 3-for-4 on the evening, tallying one run and one RBI. Bortles and Robinson had two hits apiece. Both of Bortles hits were doubles, bringing his season total to a team-leading 13. Robinson continued his hot hitting by recording his third straight multi-hit game.

After a scoreless first inning, the Rebels broke out the bats for back-to-back three-run innings. In the second, Bortles got things rolling with a double to left field before Lartigue followed with a single to right, putting runners on the corners. Michael Fitzsimmons stepped up to the dish for a standup double that sent Bortles across for the first run of the game. Will Golsan's sacrifice fly to center field scored Lartigue before Robinson's single to center plated Fitzsimmons for the third run.

Bramlett posted another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third before Ole Miss tacked on another three runs in the bottom of the frame. J.B. Woodman walked, followed by a single to left field by Ryan Olenek. Tate Blackman added a sacrifice fly to score a run, making it a 4-0 ballgame. Bortles then ripped his second double of the game as Olenek crossed the plate. An RBI single by Lartigue extended the Rebel lead to 6-0.

Ole Miss tallied one more run in the bottom of the fourth. Robinson reached first on a single to left field. After advancing to second on a stolen base, Robinson scored on a RBI hit by Blackman. The run gave Ole Miss a 7-0 cushion over the Razorbacks.

Bramlett held strong on the mound, retiring 16 batters in a row until the Razorback center fielder Clark Eagan singled in the sixth. Nonetheless, he continued to keep Arkansas scoreless and exited the ballgame after seven complete frames.

After Bramlett's night concluded, Arkansas took advantage of the pitching change by scoring three runs in the eighth. A leadoff double by senior catcher Tucker Pennell started the inning before a sacrifice fly to center made the score 7-1. Gassaway's double to the wall was good enough for two RBI, cutting the margin to four runs. Freshman right-handed pitcher Dallas Woolfolk entered the game to get the final out of the inning.

Southern Miss 6, MTSU 4: - Right-hander Cord Cockrell went six strong innings as Southern Miss took a 6-4 Conference USA victory before 2,826 at Pete Taylor Park.Southern Miss (23-8, 9-1 C-USA) picked up its 19th win in its last 20 conference games as the Golden Eagles improved to 8-0 in weekend series openers.

With Florida Atlantic's loss to Charlotte Friday night, Southern Miss stands alone atop the conference standings, a game ahead of both No. 12 FAU and No. 25 Rice.

Shortstop Nick Dawson, designated hitter Daniel Keating, left fielder Hunter and right fielder Dylan Burdeaux each had two of the Golden Eagles' 11 hits as Southern Miss picked up a win against the reigning C-USA Pitcher of the Week for a second consecutive home series.

Southern Miss took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning off Hoffman when third baseman Tracy Hadley singled and scored on a double off the center field wall by designated hitter Daniel Keating.

MT (14-16, 2-8) tied it in the third off Cockrell (6-0) when second baseman Kevin Sullivan scored on the back end of a delayed double steal.

The Golden Eagles grabbed a 2-1 in the fourth when Keating's two-out, bloop double into shallow center scored left fielder Hunter Slater from first base.

Southern Miss tacked on three runs in the fifth on right fielder Dylan Burdeaux's double, center fielder Jake Sandlin's single and two throwing errors by the Blue Raiders.

Nick Sandlin relieved Winston, and allowed another run on another infield single. But he logged his fourth save of the season by getting a game-ending ground out.

No. 1 Florida 8, No. 5 Mississippi State 2: A five-run fifth inning was the difference as No. 10 Mississippi State fell to No. 1 Florida i at McKethan Stadium. MSU fell in a series opener for the first time this season, while dropping to 21-9-1 overall and 6-4 in league play.

The Bulldogs actually built a 2-0 lead with a pair of scores in the second inning. Elih Marrero started things with a one-out triple. Brent Rooker was then hit by a pitch. John Holland hit a ground ball which brought home Marrero, while Ryan Gridley singled to score Rooker.

Florida took advantage of some shaky defense to score in the third inning. A two-out error was followed by a base hit, walk and wild pitch for the Gators' first run.The Bulldogs then failed to convert on a chance to expand the lead in the fifth inning. Jake Mangum had a leadoff single and Nathaniel Lowe had a one-out single.

However, Florida ace Logan Shore came back with a strikeout and flyout to end the threat.

MSU ace Hudson was not nearly as fortune in the home half of the fifth inning when Florida struck for five runs on seven base hits. The first six Gators reached safely in that at-bat with a two-run single by J.J. Schwarz being the big blow in that inning. That hit gave the hosts a 5-2 lead.

Hudson (4-2) threw five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs (five earned), with three strikeouts and two walks. Jacob Billingsley, Keegan James and Ethan Small pitched in relief.

Shore (6-0) threw 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and two runs (both earned), with no walks and four strikeouts.

MSU finished with 11 hits. Mangum had three hits. Rooker and Gridley had multiple hits. The Bulldogs stranded 10 base runners.