Baker's Dozen Doubles up 'Dores

Lance Lynn is normally the main attraction, but on Saturday, the right-hander served as merely an undercard during the Rebels' afternoon of mound mastery. Three other Ole Miss pitchers dominated the Commodores and relegated Lynn to opening act status.

No. 23 Ole Miss closed the double-header with 13 scoreless innings of pitching brilliance, including an 8-0 victory in game two that clinched the SEC series in front of an announced attendance of 4,506.

It was the first league shutout for the Rebels (19-11, 6-5) since a 5-0 win at Arkansas to close the 2007 regular season. Ole Miss will try to sweep No. 6 VU (19-9, 5-5) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rebels hold sole possession of first place in the SEC West.

Scott Bittle (2-1) took over for Lynn and fired five shutout innings, striking out nine in the 7-6 game-one triumph. The junior has a streak of 11 scoreless innings against Vanderbilt.

Saturday was special for Ole Miss, after dropping four games total and three in the final inning against the Commodores last season.

"It is always good to get even," Bittle said. "How to say this nicely? They are a fun team to beat. They are always good and always scrappy. When you beat them 8-0, it feels really good."

During game two, Drew Pomeranz (2-1) made a strong bid to upstage the others and headline the affair. The freshman, making his second SEC start, rendered the powerful Commodore lineup helpless with seven innings where he scattered five hits and punched out seven hitters.

Justin Cryer entered for Pomeranz with two on in the eighth inning and worked out of the jam without any damage done. Cryer let his defense do the work in the ninth with three balls eaten up to close the game two victory.

While the pitching arguably overshadowed everything else in the nightcap, the Rebel offense continued its momentum from earlier in the day with an efficient eight runs on 11 hits. The Saturday total was 15 runs on 21 hits. Ole Miss also did not commit an error in the second game.

"Everything worked today," Mike Bianco said. "We got some bunts down, we obviously pitched incredibly and we also got the big, power hits when they were important."

Cody Overbeck and Fuller Smith were the only Rebels with multiple hits, while Overbeck and Matt Smith both homered for the team leading eighth time this season. They each knocked in two RBI as well.

Caleb Cotham (4-2) suffered the loss for Vanderbilt after allowing five runs on five hits in five innings pitched. He also struckout five and walked three.

Ole Miss opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning on the Matt Smith home run and added single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. The Rebels turned the contest into a rout with three runs in the eighth frame.

"We were fired up for this one, and we continue to build off that big game last week against Alabama," Matt Smith said. "We have won three one-run games in the past week and also have a blowout. It all seems to be turning around."

Cody Satterwhite and Brett Jacobson will face off in the final game of the series.

Extra Innings

Vanderbilt's Alex Feinberg has been taken back to Nashville, Tenn., to receive medical attention for a broken jaw and will obviously be unavailable for tomorrow's game. The Commodore was hit in the jaw by a 92 MPH fastball during the first game Saturday.

After breaking a five-game slide, Ole Miss has now won four straight and three consecutive SEC games.

Jordan Henry doubled during game two in a pinch-hit appearance. Jeremy Travis has started in right field for the past three games. Travis was 4-7 combined on Saturday with a triple and two doubles.

With the first win Saturday, Bianco picked up his 400th career win and 300th as Ole Miss head coach.

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