'Power' Surge

Logan Power spent Tuesday night's game from a perspective he hadn't experienced in quite a while. He stayed on the bench. On Wednesday, the outfielder returned to a more pleasant place- roaming the outfield and trotting around the bases.

Power started all 65 games in 2007 and made a splash after his one off day in more than a year with a 3-5 afternoon that included two home runs and a double. The junior knocked in a pair of RBI and scored three runs, as the No. 2 Rebels (5-0) again ran roughshod over an inferior opponent with a 14-1 victory over Northwestern State (2-4).

"It was relaxing to be back in the dugout hanging out with the boys," Power said about Tuesday. "It was great to get back today, and in the middle of this offense, I don't know how to describe it."

Power doubled to begin the third inning and later scored, but his big at-bats would come later. The five-hole hitter hammered out solo home runs in both the sixth inning and eighth inning to complete his day.

Ole Miss moves to 5-0 on the season and hasn't played a game that ended with less than a seven-run advantage for the Rebels. Through the first five games, Ole Miss has outscored its opponents 74-13.

"It was another high-scoring game, and we continue to swing the bats well," Mike Bianco said of Ole Miss 15-hit effort. "We were able to capitalize today when the opportunity was there to score runs.

Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (1-0) picked up the win on the mound after allowing one run on three hits in 3. 1 innings. Since he was on a pitch count, Pomeranz gets the victory despite failing to go five frames. The left-hander kept his fastball above 90 and stifled the Demon bats with a solid assortment of heat and offspeed stuff to notch strikeouts for eight of his 10 outs recorded.

However, control was an issue the majority of the time with Pomeranz walking four batters. The freshman allowed a multitude of runners to reach, but he withstood the adversity and registered strikeouts to keep the Demons at bay.

In the fourth, Pomeranz allowed a run and left two runners on base with one out before giving the ball to Rory McKean, who benefited from Brett Basham gunning down a runner at third for the second out. Moments later, McKean recorded a punchout of his own to end the threat.

"He threw pretty well for his first start," Bianco said about Pomeranz. "The walks would be the mark against him, but two of those came when he was tired and could have been taken out of the game."

The efforts of McKean, Jake Morgan, Scott Bittle and Justin Cryer took care of the final 16 outs for a combined shutout by the bullpen. McKean pitched 2.2 innings, while the others tallied one apiece. Cryer and McKean struckout two each, and Bittle sat down the side.

Fuller Smith shared the offensive headlines with Power, as the senior captain produced two hits in as many at-bats with a home run and four RBI. He is now hitting a gaudy .700 this season. Jordan Henry, Michael Hubbard, Cody Overbeck and Michael Guerrero also compiled multiple hits in the win.

Ole Miss scored in six of its eight offensive innings, including a three-run first and four-run fourth to put the contest on ice. Kyle Broughton suffers the loss for NSU after allowing five earned runs in three innings.

The Rebels return to action First for a three-game set against Indiana State. First pitch Friday is at 6:30 p.m.

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