Rebels rally to beat back Arkansas St.

Published 11:30 am Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ole Miss got back to its winning ways Wednesday night.

Dalton Dulin singled in the tying run in the seventh inning, then scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by Braxton Lee to lift the Rebels to a 4-3 win over Arkansas State. The victory snapped Ole Miss’ first losing streak of the season at two games.

Scott Weathersby struck out five batters in 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. He didn’t allow a hit or a walk. Josh Laxer worked the ninth for his second save of the season.

Weathersby’s performance helped settle things down after starter Jeremy Massie and reliever Cheyne Bickel allowed three runs on seven hits in the first five innings. Weathersby, Hawtin Buchanan and Laxer combined to allow one hit and strike out eight batters in the last 41⁄3 innings.

“Weathersby was terrific,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “We got the arm that we needed when Scott came in there. We got the game back and the momentum back in our dugout. It was a big-time performance.”

Arkansas State (11-9) took the lead on an RBI single by Kevin Fitzpatrick in the fourth inning, and added another run in the fifth to go up 3-1. Will Allen’s RBI single cut the Rebels’ deficit in half in the sixth inning, then they took the lead for good in the seventh.

J.B. Woodman started Ole Miss’ rally with an infield hit and eventually scored on Dulin’s single. Dulin moved up to second on the throw home, then went to third on a base hit by Auston Bousfield. Dulin then raced home on Lee’s squeeze bunt for the go-ahead run.

Lee went 1-for-2 with a pair of stolen bases and two runs scored for the Rebels (18-4), and Austin Anderson had two hits.

 LSU 9, South Alabama 0

Jared Foster’s three-run pinch-hit double highlighted a seven-run seventh inning for LSU (18-4), and the Tigers went on to beat South Alabama (10-9).

Kade Scivicque went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored for LSU. He hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, then had an RBI single in the seventh.

LSU used nine pitchers in the midweek game, none of whom threw more than two innings. The Tigers’ staff allowed just five hits — three by starter Cody Glenn — and two walks, and combined for six strikeouts. Henri Faucheux, the third pitcher used, threw 11⁄3 scoreless innings for the win.

 Alabama 12, Alcorn State 0

Georgie Salem went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and Alabama (14-6) routed Alcorn State (1-22) for the second straight day. Alcorn has lost 13 consecutive games.

Alabama had 15 hits in the game, including three extra base hits in the first inning that helped it sprint out to a 4-0 lead.

Alabama pitcher Tucker Hawley allowed three hits and one walk, and struck out seven in seven shutout innings.Ole Miss got back to its winning ways Wednesday night.

Dalton Dulin singled in the tying run in the seventh inning, then scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by Braxton Lee to lift the Rebels to a 4-3 win over Arkansas State. The victory snapped Ole Miss’ first losing streak of the season at two games.

Scott Weathersby struck out five batters in 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. He didn’t allow a hit or a walk. Josh Laxer worked the ninth for his second save of the season.

Weathersby’s performance helped settle things down after starter Jeremy Massie and reliever Cheyne Bickel allowed three runs on seven hits in the first five innings. Weathersby, Hawtin Buchanan and Laxer combined to allow one hit and strike out eight batters in the last 41⁄3 innings.

“Weathersby was terrific,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “We got the arm that we needed when Scott came in there. We got the game back and the momentum back in our dugout. It was a big-time performance.”

Arkansas State (11-9) took the lead on an RBI single by Kevin Fitzpatrick in the fourth inning, and added another run in the fifth to go up 3-1. Will Allen’s RBI single cut the Rebels’ deficit in half in the sixth inning, then they took the lead for good in the seventh.

J.B. Woodman started Ole Miss’ rally with an infield hit and eventually scored on Dulin’s single. Dulin moved up to second on the throw home, then went to third on a base hit by Auston Bousfield. Dulin then raced home on Lee’s squeeze bunt for the go-ahead run.

Lee went 1-for-2 with a pair of stolen bases and two runs scored for the Rebels (18-4), and Austin Anderson had two hits.

 LSU 9, South Alabama 0

Jared Foster’s three-run pinch-hit double highlighted a seven-run seventh inning for LSU (18-4), and the Tigers went on to beat South Alabama (10-9).

Kade Scivicque went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored for LSU. He hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, then had an RBI single in the seventh.

LSU used nine pitchers in the midweek game, none of whom threw more than two innings. The Tigers’ staff allowed just five hits — three by starter Cody Glenn — and two walks, and combined for six strikeouts. Henri Faucheux, the third pitcher used, threw 11⁄3 scoreless innings for the win.

 Alabama 12, Alcorn State 0

Georgie Salem went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and Alabama (14-6) routed Alcorn State (1-22) for the second straight day. Alcorn has lost 13 consecutive games.

Alabama had 15 hits in the game, including three extra base hits in the first inning that helped it sprint out to a 4-0 lead.

Alabama pitcher Tucker Hawley allowed three hits and one walk, and struck out seven in seven shutout innings.