Ole Miss finishes off Grambling

Published 8:43 am Monday, March 14, 2016

OXFORD — Ole Miss broke out the brooms again and swept its way into the start of the rugged Southeastern Conference schedule.

Colby Bortles and Ryan Olenek both homered as the Rebels beat Grambling 7-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at Swayze Field. In game two, J.B. Woodman went deep and three of his teammates had three hits apiece as the Rebels won 6-1.

The doubleheader sweep also gave Ole Miss (15-1) its third series sweep in four weekends this season. Ole Miss has won 10 consecutive games heading into its first SEC series next weekend at Tennessee.

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In the first game Sunday, Ole Miss scored five runs in the second inning to blow it open early.

Bortles went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Olenek hit a solo homer in the second inning, and Will Golsan went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Chad Smith (2-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings to get the win. Wyatt Short pitched the last 1 2/3 innings for his fourth save of the season.

In game two, the first four hitters in the Ole Miss lineup combined to go 11-for-14 with five runs and four RBIs. Golsan, Bortles and Errol Robinson had three hits and an RBI each, while Woodman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Woodman hit a solo home run in the third inning, and Golsan had an RBI double in the sixth. Nicholas Wheeler had two hits for Grambling (4-9)

Each game of the doubleheader was scheduled for seven innings rather than the usual nine.

Samford 10, Southern Miss 8

Southern Miss 6, Samford 3

Southern Miss saw an early five-run lead slip away as Samford rallied for a 10-8 victory in 10 innings in the opening game of a doubleheader Sunday in Hattiesburg.

Danny Rodriguez was hit by a pitch and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning on a squeeze bunt by T.J. Dixon. Hunter Swilling followed with an RBI single, and Samford reliever Parker Curry worked around some trouble in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the win.

Curry (1-1) allowed one run on two hits in five innings out of the bullpen. He walked one batter and struck out four.

Swilling was 4-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Dylan Burdeaux and Storme Cooper drove in two runs apiece for Southern Miss, which led 7-2 after two innings but wasted its early lead.

In game two of the doubleheader, Southern Miss (13-4) turned the tables by rallying from a three-run deficit to win 6-3.

Tim Lynch’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Golden Eagles a 5-3 lead, their first of the game. They tied it earlier in the sixth on an RBI single by Jake Sandlin.

Sandlin also had an RBI double in the eighth inning to bring in USM’s final run of the game.

Sandlin finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Lynch had two hits and two RBIs. Burdeaux scored three runs.

Walker Powell (2-0) pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. He gave up two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Swilling and Austin Edens had two hits apiece for Samford (9-7).

LSU 10, Ball State 6

Sophomore catcher Michael Papierski had the first three-hit game of his college career and drove in three runs, and left-hander John Valek III limited Ball State (8-9) to one run in five innings as LSU (12-3) posted a series-clinching win at Alex Box Stadium.

Valek III (4-0) earned his fourth win in four starts for the Tigers after only allowing one run on eight hits and striking out two.

Papierski went 3-for-5 with three singles. He had an RBI single in the third inning and a two-run single in the fourth. LSU scored three runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead.

Greg Deichmann hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to make it 10-3.

Ball State had 14 hits in the game, but left 10 runners on base. Six players had two hits apiece.