Rebs roll as Orvis stays hot

Published 10:26 am Wednesday, May 13, 2015

As his college career winds down, Sikes Orvis is on quite the farewell tour.

The senior first baseman hit two home runs and finished with a career-high eight RBIs to lead Ole Miss to a 17-3 rout of Arkansas State on Tuesday night.

Orvis was 3-for-3 and had his second straight multi-homer game and third in the last five games. He hit a grand slam in the first inning and a three-run shot in the second before adding an RBI double in the seventh.

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“I was just trying to drive guys in,” Orvis said. “As a middle of the order guy, my job is to knock guys in and get RBI.”

Orvis wasn’t the only Rebel swinging a hot bat Tuesday. Errol Robinson went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, while freshmen Will Golsan and Kyle Watson had two hits apiece.

Golsan and Watson scored three runs apiece, and the Rebels finished with 15 hits.

“Looking down the box score tonight with multiple hits, that’s huge,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said.

Orvis’ two early home runs staked the Rebels (29-24) to an 8-0 lead. After Arkansas State (23-27) scored twice in the bottom of the second inning, the Rebels added single runs in the third and fifth innings and then plated seven in the seventh.

The game ended after seven innings via the mercy rule.

Ole Miss won its fifth consecutive game. It’ll finish the regular season by hosting a three-game series against No. 8 Texas A&M beginning Thursday night.

LSU 9, New Orleans 0

Michael Papierski went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, Grayson Byrd was 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored, and top-ranked LSU (44-8) hammered New Orleans (14-37).

Seven LSU pitchers combined to hold New Orleans to four hits and shut out the Privateers until the ninth inning. Starter Hunter Devall (2-0) struck out three batters while pitching the first three innings and got the win.