Trent turns in gem for Ole Miss

Published 12:30 am Sunday, February 23, 2014

Christian Trent turned in the latest dominant pitching performance for Ole Miss, and the Rebels’ bats woke up in the middle innings to power a 9-1 rout of Georgia State on Saturday afternoon.

Trent allowed one run on three hits over seven innings, and struck out six. Josh Laxer finished up with two innings of shutout relief.

Ole Miss (6-0) has allowed a total of four runs in its first six games, posted three shutouts, and not allowed more than two runs in any game.

“Christian was terrific,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “Just a great mix of three pitches and it really kept them off balance. He was super dominant. It was a great performance and another great defensive game. Laxer was tremendous. He pitched as well as he ever has here. He was really dominant today.”

Auston Bousfield and Sikes Orvis powered the offense, which got rolling after a tepid start.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Ole Miss tied it on Bousfield’s solo home run. Four batters later, Orvis belted a three-run homer to right center field and the Rebels never trailed again. Bousfield capped the inning with an RBI single as Ole Miss batted around.

The Rebels added four more runs in the sixth to turn the game into a rout. Preston Overbey tripled in a run and scored on a single by Orvis, and Bousfield had a two-run single.

Bousfield finished 3-for-6 with four RBIs, and Orvis was 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Mississippi State 8, Holy Cross 4

Holy Cross 7, Mississippi State 6

Wes Rea put on a power display for Mississippi State, but it was only good enough to help the Bulldogs get a doubleheader split with Holy Cross.

Rea went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs in game one, as the Bulldogs won 8-4. Freshman Daniel Garner went 4-for-4 and another freshman, Gavin Collins, had a two-run single in the seventh inning.

Rea went deep again in game two, finishing with three hits and four more RBIs. The Bulldogs (4-3), however, gave up three unearned runs in the first inning and let a late lead slip away as Holy Cross rallied to win 7-6.

Anthony Critelli went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to lead Holy Cross (1-2) to the win in game two.

La.-Lafayette 8, Southern Miss 5

La.-Lafayette 9, Southern Miss 5

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Chase Compton delivered a two-run single in the top of the 12th inning Saturday, and the Ragin’ Cajuns went on to beat Southern Miss 8-5 in the first game of a doubleheader in Hattiesburg.

Louisiana-Lafayette (7-1) had loaded the bases on an infield hit, hit batsman, and a throwing error. Compton’s single put ULL ahead 7-5, and Michael Strentz drove in another run with a sacrifice fly two batters later.

Compton finished the game 2-for-5 with four RBIs, and Strentz had two hits and two RBIs.

Dylan Burdeaux doubled and drove in two runs for Southern Miss (2-5), which scored four runs in the bottom of the first but gave up four in the top of the eighth to let ULL tie it. Louisiana-Lafayette scored in the top of the 11th to take the lead, but Southern Miss tied it again in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Burdeaux.

ULL won game two, 9-5, as Strentz hit a two-run homer and Caleb Adams went 4-for-5.

Saturday’s Mississippi college baseball scores

Mississippi St. 8, Holy Cross 4, 1st game

Holy Cross 7, Mississippi St. 6, 2nd game

Hardin-Simmons 7, Miss. College 6

Northwestern 12, Miss. Valley St. 4

Belhaven 6, William Carey 5, 1st game

Belhaven 5, William Carey 4, 2nd game

Delta St. 7, North Alabama 0, 1st game

North Alabama 3, Delta St. 1, 2nd game

Ole Miss 9, Georgia St. 1

Millsaps 13, Blackburn 6

North Park 5, Millsaps 4

Arizona 6, Alcorn St. 0

Florida A&M 8, Jackson St. 6, 1st game

Florida A&M 7, Jackson St. 6, 2nd game

La.-Lafayette 8, Southern Miss 5, 12 innings, 1st game

La.-Lafayette 9, Southern Miss 5, 2nd game