Twin Win

Brady Bramlett had a career-high 12 strikeouts to lift Ole Miss to a second-game 7-3 win and complete a doubleheader sweep of Stetson in Oxford Saturday afternoon.

The Rebels claimed game one by an 8-3 count. With the twin-bill sweep, Ole Miss is now 8-5 on the season. Game three of the series is at Noon Sunday, moved up because of predicted rain later Sunday afternoon.

Bramlett has four starts this season, all on the weekends, and has been a strikeout machine. He’s averaging almost nine strikeouts per contest.

“I felt good from the start,” the Rebel third-year sophomore right-hander said of this weekend’s performance. “Coming out of the pen (before the game) I felt good. And it’s easy to feel good when our offense is putting up runs, and Henri Lartigue starts the game off with a bomb.”

The Rebel sophomore catcher indeed lifted his team in the second inning with a solo blast over the fence, his first home run as a collegiate player.

Offensively the Rebels put it together all day. Collectively in the two games there were 22 hits and 15 runs scored.

Ole Miss was even more impressive in game one at the plate, with 14 of those 22 hits coming in the opener. In that game, Kyle Watson, Will Golsan, Sikes Orvis, and Errol Robinson all had doubles. Robinson had five hits on the day, Watson had four, and Golsan had three.

“I tried to get my best swings off and see pitches up,” Golsan said. “I just tried to stick to my routine and stay in there and hit the ball.”

“We’ve got a ways to go still, but I thought today was our most complete day offensively,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “And we continued to play clean defensively. On the mound, for the most part, we really pitched well.”

Bianco said Bramlett has gotten off to some kind of a start this season.

“It’s been amazing,” he said, especially of all the strikeouts. “He threw more offspeed into the strike zone today, and when he can do that, it’s even tougher on the hitters. He was terrific today.”

Bramlett went six innings, allowing no runs on three hits with a walk and the 12 Ks.

Evan Anderson and Will Stokes relieved before Wyatt Short closed things out, going two innings and allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts and a walk.

Bramlett is 2-1 with the victory.

In game one, Christian Trent moved to 3-0 this season, 12-0 in his UM career, as the Rebels won by five runs.

It didn’t start so well for Trent, who settled in nicely as the game moved on. Stetson got things started quickly with two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer from Josh Powers.

But Ole Miss answered to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the first. That was important for a team trying to find its way after an up and down first 11 games of the season.

“We definitely put it together today,” Trent said. “Being down in that hole early after I came out of that first (inning), it was good to see us bounce right back in the bottom of the first with two runs. And then down 3-2 putting up even more runs. We put it all together in that game and the second game as well.”

Watson walked and was driven home for the Rebels’ first run on a double by J.B. Woodman. Golsan singled and scored on an Orvis single to tie the game after an inning.

After Stetson got a run in the top of the second, Ole Miss scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take a lead it would never relinquish.

Trent ended the game with only those three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Jacob Waguespack went the final 2.2 innings with a hit and a strikeout, facing eight batters.

“I thought today might be Trent’s best day (this season) with his slider,” Bianco said. “He’s really pitched without a slider for three weeks. Today I thought it was pretty sharp.”

“All my stuff felt great, felt as good as I have all year,” Trent said. “Early I was leaving some balls up, and giving them balls to hit. And they did what they were supposed to do with it. I just had to make some adjustments and felt better going on later in the game.”

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