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Rebels clinch SEC West championship

Published 12:30 am Saturday, May 17, 2014

On Friday night, Ole Miss staged what it hopes will be the first of several championship celebrations this season.

The Rebels clinched the SEC West Division championship and the No. 2 overall seed in next week’s league tournament by beating Texas A&M 4-2.

Ole Miss (40-15, 19-10 Southeastern Conference) has a one-game lead over Mississippi State with one to play. Although the teams can still tie for the division title, Ole Miss’ win in the season series will make it the division champ.

The Rebels also clinched the weekend series and posted a 40-win season for the first time since 2009. They can set the school record for regular-season wins by finishing the sweep of the Aggies this afternoon.

“I’m really proud of our team and our effort tonight and this season,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “It’s our first championship in five years since we won the league in 2009. I’m proud we went out and won things on our terms.”

USM 7, Charlotte 2

Charlotte 8, USM 0

Matt Durst went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and five RBIs to lead Southern Miss to a 7-2 win over Charlotte in the first game of a doubleheader Friday.

Mason Robbins was also 3-for-5 with three runs scored for the Golden Eagles (31-23, 18-11 Conference USA), and Breck Kline had three hits.

In game two, Mikal Hill homered and finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored as Charlotte (19-30-1, 10-18) salvaged the split with an 8-0 victory.