OXFORD--A pair of two-run blasts to deep center field by team captain J.B. Woodman put the icing on a monster weekend for the junior as No. 9 Ole Miss cruised past No. 8 LSU 8-2 Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field. With the victory over the Tigers (28-16, 11-10 SEC), the Rebels (33-12, 12-9 SEC) claimed their second series over a top-10 team this season.
Woodman extended his home run count to a team-leading eight after becoming the first Rebel to homer twice in one game since former slugger Sikes Orvis (May 3, 2015 at Missouri). Woodman went 2-for-4 on the day with four RBI and scored three runs, capping off a weekend where he hit three home runs, drove in eight runs and threw three runners out at the plate.
The Ole Miss bats played a huge role in the game with 13 total hits on the day against the Tigers. Four Rebels had multi-hit games including Tate Blackman, Woodman, Colby Bortles and Cameron Dishon. The middle of the lineup (3-5 hitters) went a combined 8-for-12 with seven runs and six RBI. Bortles and Blackman had three hits apiece while Woodman and Dishon each had two. Bortles also ripped a solo home run, completing back-to-back blasts for the Rebels in the first inning.
Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week James McArthur made his first start on the mound against a conference opponent. The right hander lasted 3.1 innings without allowing a run as he had to deal with two rain delays lasting nearly one hour. Fellow freshman Andy Pagnozzi (7-2) entered the win in relief with 3.2 scoreless innings in the weekend finale. The win was Pagnozzi's seventh of the season, including his sixth in relief, which leads the Ole Miss pitching staff. Right-handed closer Will Stokes helped to shut down any chance the Tigers had, tossing two scoreless innings and surrendering only one LSU hit.
Chris Reid paced LSU in the loss, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate. On the mound, John Valek III (6-2) suffered just his second loss of the season as Ole Miss put up four run on four hits in just 1.1 innings off the starter.
No. 17 Florida Atlantic 9, No. 14 Southern Miss 4: CJ Chatham posted five hits and drove in five runs to lead Florida Atlantic past No. 14 Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles (30-14 overall, 14-6 C-USA) fell a half game behind Rice for the league lead - who defeated Charlotte at home 12-4 on Saturday - and currently is tied with FAU (30-11, 14-6) for second place. The two teams finish the set with a 10 a.m. CT contest Sunday.
Southern Miss collected three solo home runs in the game by Jake Sandlin, Dylan Burdeaux and Tim Lynch to give the squad 52 homers and the fifth-straight game that they have hit a long ball.
The Owls, though, collected 16 hits and scored in six different innings in the victory off of six Southern Miss pitchers, despite leaving 16 runners stranded on base.
Golden Eagle starter Nick Johnson fell to 2-1 as the loser by allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Alabama 4, No. 3 Mississippi State 3: The Crimson Tide upset the Bulldogs in nine innings, the first half of a doubleheader.