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Tenth ranked Ole Miss powers past No. 7 South Carolina

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 Ole Miss players greets outfielder J.B. Woodman (12) and infielder Errol Robinson (6) who both scored on a double by Henri Lartigue during a college baseball game against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala., Wednesday.
VASHA HUNT/ASSOCIATED PRESS Ole Miss players greets outfielder J.B. Woodman (12) and infielder Errol Robinson (6) who both scored on a double by Henri Lartigue during a college baseball game against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala., Wednesday. AP

HOOVER, Ala. - The rematch with Clarke Schmidt was much better for Ole Miss.

The Rebels got the hits but not the runs against Schmidt in March, his stinginess setting the table for a South Carolina sweep.

No. 7 seed Ole Miss peppered Schmidt with seven runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings and advanced in the winner's bracket with a 10-4 win over the No. 2 seed Gamecocks in a second round SEC tournament game at Regions Park Wednesday.

Ole Miss will face Vanderbilt today at 4:30 in a winner's bracket game. The Rebels have now won two SEC tournament games for the first time since 2010.

The Rebels (42-16) had 12 hits, led by Henri Lartigue's 4-for-5 day. Ole Miss had a comfortable three-run lead in the eighth when Lartigue removed all doubt with a three-run home run.

J.B. Woodman continued his solid tournament with an RBI double in the first among his 2-for-2 day. He also walked three times and scored four runs.

Schmidt limited the Rebels to one run on nine hits in 6 2-3 innings in Oxford on March 24.

"We had some success against him, because we had 11 hits in that game. It was all about the timely hits today," Lartigue said. "We hit with runners on. Last time we had all singles, and we weren't able to push those runners across."

The Gamecocks committed five errors, so only four of Schmidt's runs were earned. He began the day with a 2.72 ERA.

South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said Schmidt lacked the command he's shown in other games, but his players weren't good enough in areas around him.

"We've been known to win our fair share of games 4-2 and 4-3. You can only do that when you pitch and play defense. We didn't do a good job of that today," he said. "You also have to credit Ole Miss. The middle of their lineup was locked in."

Left-handed hitters appeared to see Schmidt's pitches really well. That showed up early when Woodman pulled a pitch to right field for an easy double and had turned toward third when the throw from Carolina's Gene Cone went into the dugout. Woodman was awarded home. Tate Blackman, who started the two-out rally with a basehit, scored ahead of him, and Ole Miss led 2-0.

Lartigue had an RBI single in the Rebels' three-run third that also included two Gamecocks (42-14) errors.

Right-hander Colby Bortles had a two-run double in the fifth, the last batter Schmidt faced.

Ole Miss left-hander David Parkinson was a little wobbly in the third when walked a batter, hit another and gave up a double. He allowed two runs then and no more in his 5 2-3 inning start.

Parkinson was in the bullpen, not the rotation, when South Carolina visited Oxford.

"We were hopeful he would give them a little different look than the last time we faced them with three right-handers," Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. "David was terrific. I thought he was better as the game went on."

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