Rebels win series finale at USC

The Ole Miss Rebels avoided a sweep at the hands of USC with an 11-6 Sunday victory.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - After watching two games slip away because of home runs, Ole Miss (21-15, 7-8 SEC) turned the tables on the Gamecocks on Sunday, using a three-run home run from Mark Wright to power the Rebels past No. 7 South Carolina (29-8, 11-4 SEC) by a score of 11-6 to close out the series with a win.

Wright went 3-for-5 on the day with a career-high seven RBI. Chris Coghlan also came up big for the Rebels with a 4-for-6 performance and four runs scored. Seven Rebels helped pound out 14 hits on the day to claim the win.

Lance Lynn (4-2) picked up his third consecutive win in SEC play as he worked 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out six batters. Will Kline entered the game in the seventh, picking up his first save of the season as he worked 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

Chase Tucker (0-1) suffered the loss for the Gamecocks as he gave up three runs on three hits in 0.2 innings of work after relieving starter Harris Honeycutt with two outs in the sixth inning.

"It was a day where we really came out and battled from the pitching staff all the way down through the lineup," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "Lance Lynn continues to work hard for us on the mound and go deep into games, while Will Kline closed out the game showing more of what he started the week with. Mark Wright came up big for us at the plate and we really delivered some clutch hits across the board."

Ole Miss opened the game with a two out rally as Chris Coghlan single to right field, advanced to second on a walk to Zack Cozart and scored when Alex Presley singled to right center.

Carolina opened the first with an offensive display of its own as a walk and a single that hopped over the first baseman advanced Hurst to third, putting runners at the corners for Michael Campbell. Campbell laced a shot through the right side and advanced to second on the throw to third as the Rebels tried to get Giesler moving to third. Hurst scored on the play, tying the game at one. Grinestaff reached on a throwing error to first, loading the bases with no outs.

Smoak hit a grounder back to the mound, allowing Lynn to turn the double play as he threw home to get Giesler and then got Smoak at first to turn the double play. Both Grinestaff and Campbell advanced on the play, putting runners at second and third. Reese Havens flew out to center to end the inning with the game tied at one.

A bunt single and a walk opened the second for the Gamecocks before a sac bunt down the third base line from James Darnell advanced both runners. Lynn got the next two batters to ground out and strike out to get the Rebels out of the jam.

Coghlan led off the Rebel third with a single to second and moved to second on a steal before Cozart came up with a single through the right side to put runners at the corners with no outs. Mark Wright then ripped a double to the wall in left center, scoring Coghlan and moving Cozart to third with the Rebels up 2-1. Jon-Jon Hancock reached on a fielder's choice as Cozart was thrown out at home and Wright moved to third, leaving runners at the corners with two outs. A fielding error at second on a grounder from Brashear scored Wright and moved Hancock from first to third as the Rebels took a 3-1 lead. The error marked the first for South Carolina in 507 chances spanning 13 consecutive games.

South Carolina took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning when Tripp Kline took the first pitch from Lynn over the right field fence, driving in three runs with two outs and giving the Gamecocks the 4-3 lead. Lynn came back to strike out the next inning and end the Gamecock rally.

Ole Miss opened the seventh with back-to-back singles from Ketchum and Coghlan to put runners at first and second for the Rebels with no outs. Peyton Farr entered to run for Ketchum after the single to open the frame. A base hit from Alex Presley scored Farr from second and moved Coghlan to third with one out on the board. South Carolina then changed pitchers, bringing in Dan Luczak for Chase Tucker. Tucker had entered the game with two outs in the sixth to relieve Honeycutt.

Mark Wright took the first pitch from Luczak deep over the left field fence, clearing the bases and giving the Rebels a 7-4 lead with only one out on the board.

Kline entered the game in the seventh to relieve Lynn.

Michael Campbell answered Wright's home run with one of his own as he hit a shot over the left field fence to cut the lead to 7-5 in favor of the Rebels. Kline then struck out the next two batters to end the inning with the Rebels still in the lead.

A single from Chris Coghlan with runners at the corners gave Ole Miss a run back, putting the Rebels up 8-5. Zack Cozart then grounded out to third, moving Coghlan and Henry to second and third before the Gamecocks loaded the bases with an intentional walk of Presley. Wright then came up with his second big hit of the day, hitting a double to right center to drive in three runs and give Ole Miss an 11-5 lead.

South Carolina answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame to put the score 11-6, but the Rebels halted the rally behind solid defense and the pitching of Kline.

Ole Miss returns home kick off a 10-game home stand against Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Rebels will play a two-game series against the Lions before hosting the LSU Tigers over the weekend in Southeastern Conference play.

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