Rebels start road trip with victory

Published 12:32 am Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ole Miss wandered away from the friendly confines of Swayze Field, but still had the same happy result Friday.

Colby Bortles and Cameron Dishon both homered, and the Rebels used a pair of three-run innings to beat Ball State 7-3 in the Chanticleer Classic in Conway, S.C.

Ole Miss (8-1) scored seven runs on nine hits. Henri Lartigue went 3-for-3, while Bortles and Will Golsan had two hits apiece.

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Dishon led off the third inning with a solo home run, and Bortles added a two-run shot later in the inning.

“It was our best offensive day in a while,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “I was proud of our guys. I thought we were very business-like. With a long trip here, two flights, going to practice and lifting, dealing with the time change and early morning. I thought our guys responded well.”

On the mound, Brady Bramlett (3-0) earned his third win in as many starts. The redshirt junior went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out five. Freshman Dallas Woolfolk pitched the remainder of the game to earn the rare three-inning save.

Ole Miss will play tournament host Coastal Carolina Saturday at 2 p.m., and finish its weekend in South Carolina by playing Cincinnati on Sunday morning.


USM 2, Michigan St. 0

Cord Cockrell registered a career-high eight strikeouts and blanked Michigan State for seven innings in leading Southern Miss to a victory in the opening game of the Cox Diamond Invitational in Pensacola, Fla.

The Golden Eagles (8-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and registered their first shutout of the season.

Cockrell allowed just four hits and didn’t walk a batter. Nick Johnson pitched the last two innings to earn his first save of the season.

Tracy Hadley and Storme Cooper had two hits apiece for Southern Miss. Hadley tripled in the eighth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tim Lynch.

USM’s other run came on Cooper’s RBI single in the second inning.