Rebels hammer Tigers in Saturday DH

Centerfielder Alex Presley drove in four runs Saturday and left-hander Brett Bukvich worked a career-high seven innings as Ole Miss completed a doubleheader sweep of No. 18 LSU with an 11-3 victory at Swayze Field.

The Rebels (25-15 overall, 9-8 SEC) posted a 10-5 win over LSU in Game 1 as rightfielder Mark Wright collected four hits and three RBI, and third baseman Chris Coghlan launched a two-run homer and scored four runs.

 

LSU, which has lost four straight games, fell to 26-15 overall and 6-11 in league play. The teams meet in the series finale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in a contest that will be televised live by the Jumbo Sports Network (Cable Ch. 13 in Baton Rouge). Junior right-hander Derik Olvey (6-2, 2.91 ERA) will take the mound for LSU while Ole Miss will counter with freshman right-hander Lance Lynn (4-2, 4.47 ERA).

 

Ole Miss scored 21 runs on 31 hits in the twin bill, as the Rebels have now won eight of their last 11 SEC games.

 

The Rebels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2 against LSU starter Clay Dirks (3-4). Coghlan delivered an RBI single and Presley lined a two-run double to highlight the early uprising.

 

Ole Miss increased the lead to 7-0 in the third inning as Presley and Wright each singled in a run and leftfielder Logan Power lifted a sacrifice fly. Dirks left the game in the third and he was charged with seven runs on 10 hits in 2.1 innings with no walks and no strikeouts.

 

Meanwhile, Bukvich blanked LSU through the first five inning before right fielder Quinn Stewart launched a solo homer -- his 19th of the season -- in the top of the sixth. Stewart, who belted a two-run dinger in Game 1 Saturday, has homered in five straight games.

 

The Rebels added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Michael Bonura, increasing the advantage to 10-1. Presley collected his fourth RBI of the game with a single and designated hitter Jon-Jon Hancock ripped a two-run double.

 

Ole Miss scored another run in the seventh before the Tigers pushed across single runs in the eighth and ninth. Jordan Mayer's RBI single in the eighth cut the Ole Miss lead to 11-2, and Stewart's RBI groundout in the ninth accounted for the final margin.

 

Bukvich improved his record to 4-3 as he limited the Tigers to two runs on 10 hits in seven innings with one walk and three strikeouts.

 

The Rebels' 14-hit attack in Game 1 was paced by Wright, who was 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBI. Ole Miss grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning against LSU starter Louis Coleman when Coghlan doubled and scored on Zack Cozart's double.

 

The Rebels increased the lead to 3-0 in the third when Wright's bases-loaded single scored two runs.

 

Stewart's two-run homer in the fourth off of Ole Miss starter Craig Rodriguez cut the deficit to 3-2, but the Rebels responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Second baseman Justin Henry reached on a bunt single and was sacrificed to second base before Coghlan unloaded his first homer of the season to give Ole Miss a 5-2 lead.

 

LSU came back with two more runs in the fifth as third baseman Will Harris doubled and scored when Henry misplayed second baseman Nicholas Pontiff's ground ball. Pontiff later scored on leftfielder Bruce Sprowl's grounder to first to bring the Tigers to within one run at 5-4.

 

Catcher Justin Brashear's two-run homer off of Coleman -- his seventh of the season – gave Ole Miss a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

 

LSU cut the deficit to 7-5 in the sixth on an RBI single by centerfielder Jarred Bogany, but the Rebels tallied three more runs in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding five-run lead.

 

LSU reliever Darryl Shaffer surrendered three runs on two hits in the sixth as Wright delivered an run-scoring single and Hancock contributed an RBI grounder. The third run of the inning scored when Daniel Forrer – who entered the game after Hancock's groundout – unleashed a wild pitch with a runner at third base.

 

Rodriguez (2-1) earned the win as he allowed five runs – four earned – on five hits in six innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Reliever Will Kline picked up his second save by blanking the Tigers over the final three innings. Kline gave up three this and recorded two strikeouts.

 

Coleman (4-3) was charged with the Game 1 loss, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits in five innings with two walks and two strikeouts.


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