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Rebels wipe out ASU; LSU earns 27-0 win

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ole Miss scored early, then often, against Arkansas State Tuesday night.

The Rebels scored at least four runs in three innings, had 15 hits — 10 of them for extra bases — and pummeled Arkansas State 16-9 in their last midweek game of the season.

Colby Bortles hit a grand slam in the seventh inning — his first home run of the year — and Preston Overbey went 2-for-6 with a double, homer, three RBIs, and two runs scored.

“I’m really proud of the guys and the offense for showing that toughness and coming out and getting those runs early,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “I was glad to get those runs and then to see the grand slam from Colby. You’re happy to see a kid hit his first home run, but then as the game went on it was an important one.”

Ole Miss (38-15) scored four runs in the top of the first, then five in the fifth and four more in the seventh on Bortles’ slam to take a 14-2 lead.

Arkansas State (29-23) got two runs back in the seventh and five in the eighth — the latter coming with two outs — but never really threatened to get back in it.

Ole Miss hit six doubles, two triples and two home runs in the game. Braxton Lee went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases and three runs scored.

LSU 27, Northwestern State 0

Tyler Moore and shortstop Alex Bregman each hit a grand slam and had eight RBIs, and five pitchers combined on a six-inning no-hitter as No. 8 LSU (37-14-1) blanked Northwestern State (30-22).

The no-hitter was the first for LSU since March 14, 1979, when Bobby Landry fired a seven-inning no-hitter against Southern Miss.

The 27-run margin of victory was the largest in school history, and the last time LSU scored 27 runs in a game was in 1998.