Ole Miss sweeps LSU

Ole Miss swept LSU for the first time since 1982 with an 11-8 Sunday victory. The Rebels now host Louisiana-Monroe Wednesday at 3 p.m., but don't check your schedule. It's a makeup contest of a game lost to weather vs. Saint Louis from the first weekend of the season.

Justin Brashear may be the happiest Rebel of them all after Ole Miss swept LSU. It was Brashear's second home run of the weekend that shifted the Rebels back into high gear and sent their fans into a frenzy Sunday.

Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco said following the Rebels' 11-8 Sunday victory it wasn't a shot that tied the game, although it actually did.

"It was a gamewinner," Bianco said of Brashear's solo lead-off rocket in the eighth inning that went over the right field wall toward the Ole Miss students. "It may have tied it, but it was a gamewinner. When he hit the ball, it was deafening. Such a big momentum turn for us at that moment."

The junior from Lake Charles, La., couldn't wipe the smile from his face, even when talking to reporters afterwards.

"This is one of the best times I've ever had in college baseball," said Brashear, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI in one of the weekend's real understatements.

But as a team leader, Brashear approached his teammates and told them to keep it rolling now that the game was tied.

"I just told them ‘let's go.' We had to do some more to win the game. I just ran in there (the dugout) and said that now was the time. And our team did it, all the way up and down the line."

Down 8-6 earlier after the Tigers had scored six unanswered runs, Brashear said there was no panic, no wringing of hands or nervousness that all was lost.

"We're confident and we know we can score on anybody," he said of the Rebels' comeback from being down a run to score four in the eighth. "But we still had to go out there and get it done."

Brashear's teammate Zack Cozart, who would himself follow the Rebel catcher's lead with a two-RBI double also in the eighth, said the home run couldn't have come at a better time.

"We needed something to happen," said Cozart, 2-for-4 with 3 RBI on the day. "Justin's home run to lead off the eighth that allowed us to tie it up was so huge. I'm just glad I was able to follow that up with a hit with the bases loaded. For those type things to happen just shows a lot about our team and our character. It just ignited us the rest of the way."

After the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, Ole Miss came back with a run in the bottom of the second on a Brashear RBI single and in the bottom of the fourth on a Mark Wright RBI sac fly.

But it was a big bottom of the fifth that put Ole Miss up 6-2 with four runs on four hits with one LSU error. Evan Button led off the inning with a bunt as he reached safely. After Justin Henry doubled, C.J. Ketchum doubled to score Button and Henry.

Since doubles were the order of the inning, Chris Coghlan served up a two-bagger as Ketchum went to third. Cozart flew out to center field to get Ketchum home. After LSU relieved starter Derik Olvey with Chase Dardar, Alex Presley reached on a fielder's choice as Coghlan came home to score by beating out the tag on a throw from the first baseman to the catcher. The Rebs led 6-2 but it would be short-lived.

The Tigers took the lead at 7-6 with five runs in the top of the sixth as starter Lance Lynn walked the leadoff batter, gave up a base hit, and walked the third batter of the frame. After a 1-0 count on Jarred Bogany, Garrett White relieved Lynn but couldn't immediately stop the bleeding. Before the inning ended the Tigers had taken control and actually added to their advantage with a run in the seventh to lead 8-6.

But after seventh-inning stretch time, it would be all Rebels, who outhit the Tigers 14-10 on the day. A Jon-Jon Hancock single scored Coghlan from third, who had walked, moved to second on a Cozart ground out, and to third on a Presley ground out. The Rebs led 8-7 after seven complete.

After White gave up a leadoff bunt in the top of the eighth, Cody Satterwhite came in and was able to eventually get out of a jam with a shortstop unassisted to first base double play.

Then came the bottom of the eighth and up popped Brashear, ready to make something happen, eager to start things off for a Rebel rally.

After his solo shot tied it 8-8, Button flew out, followed by a Justin Henry walk and a wild pitch from Tiger reliever Will Harris.

Ketchum reached safely with a single and Henry moved to second. Coghlan singled to left to load the bases with one out. Cozart then doubled down the left field line to score both Henry and JoJo Tann, who came in to pinch run for Ketchum. After Presley was intentionally walked, Wright flew out to center to score Coghlan from third and the three-run UM lead.

In the top of the ninth after a couple of base hits by Tigers Matt Liuzza and Buzzy Haydel, Satterwhite got three straight pop ups to end it.

"My job is to come in and do whatever needs to be done, and today it was to close the game," said Satterwhite, who gave up two hits with one walk in going just two innings but getting the win. "I just wanted to make them beat us. I wanted to throw strikes and let my defense work."

It all worked this weekend for Ole Miss as the Rebels won 10-5 and 11-3 in Saturday's rain-delayed doubleheader. LSU fell to 26-16 on the season and 6-12 in SEC play. UM is now 26-15 overall and 10-8 in league play.

Satterwhite is now 6-2, while Tiger reliever Dardar (5-2) got the loss.

"It's fun right now," Cozart said. "We're winning and the amount of confidence our team has right now is great. We're in the thick of things. We know we are. We've just gotta keep playing the way we know we can play."

Bianco agrees.

"We answered when we needed to again today," he said. "It seemed like it was that way all weekend. That's so big in college baseball. It made a difference for us this weekend."

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