Sweep Redemption

With fans carrying brooms scattered around Swayze Field and other spectators still settling into their seats, the Ole Miss hitters started Sunday off right by keeping one particular person from being anywhere near comfortable early on – Vanderbilt starter Brett Jacobson.

The No. 23 Rebels ripped the VU hurler for three straight hits and three runs in their first at-bat, as Ole Miss (20-11, 7-5) used big innings and timely pitching to complete the weekend and take the third straight game over the Commodores, 11-6, in front of an announced attendance of 4,591.

It was the first SEC series sweep for the Rebels since knocking off LSU and Tennessee back-to-back during the 2006 season. The three wins catapult Ole Miss into sole possession of the SEC West. Auburn is one game back, while Alabama and LSU both sit two behind.

"Sweeps are so big because of the swing in the records," Mike Bianco said. "We were a game and a half below them before Friday, and now we are ahead by the same number because of today. Lose today and you still trail.

"It is two games made up in one day. They are amazing to get, and we will enjoy it today and during the day off tomorrow."

Ole Miss has won five straight games and four straight inside the conference. After the loss, Vanderbilt is now 19-10, 5-6.

The weekend was also nice for Ole Miss after dropping three of its four losses to Vanderbilt last season in the final inning. The Rebels were just 1-4 against the fellow SEC team in 2007.

"I didn't even mention that, but it was on everyone's mind," Bianco said. "We had some tough losses, but it isn't just that. It is the respect for the two programs, and if you want to win the SEC, you have to beat the best teams."

Fuller Smith dominated Commodore pitching with four hits in five at-bats, including a seventh-inning solo home run to cap his afternoon. Fuller Smith scored three runs and produced an RBI on the long ball.

Ole Miss is 5-1 with Fuller Smith leading off the lineup.

"You are seeing a lot more good swings and not just guys taking hacks," Fuller said. "We feel good right now. I've just kept swinging, and good things happen when you are aggressive in the right way."

Michael Guerrero and Logan Power each supplied three of the teams' 17 total hits. The Rebels' big first inning was backed up with four runs in the fourth frame and four more in the seventh.

Matt Smith and Jeremy Travis also recorded multiple hits.

Jacobson fell to 1-3 on the season after getting shelled for seven hits and six runs in 3.1 innings. Four Vanderbilt relievers finished the game and allowed five more runs to score.

Ole Miss starter Cody Satterwhite (3-1) took the win with 6.2 innings of four run, six hit work. Satterwhite struckout five and walked four in his second start since moving from Saturday to Sunday.

"I thought he (Satterwhite) was great early on," Bianco said. "Sometimes you just have to tip your hat. He threw a couple fastballs away, and they have hitters that can get to that pitch. But anytime the Sunday starter gets you to the seventh, that is a great day."

Satterwhite's biggest moment may have come in the fourth inning, when he struckout Shea Robin and Parker Hanks consecutively to leave the bases loaded.

In the seventh, Satterwhite exited with a man on first and the Rebels leading by three at the time. Rory McKean, who relieved the junior and walked Pedro Alvarez to bring the tying run to the plate, buckled down to punchout Ryan Flaherty and end the threat.

"It may not look good in the box score, but McKean got the big out when we needed it," Bianco said.

Vanderbilt scored one in the fourth, three in the fifth and a meaningless final run in the ninth. Dominic de la Osa led the ‘Dores with four hits, and Alvarez has his first multi-hit game since returning from a thumb injury. The consensus all-American notched a double and a home run.

Justin Cryer closed his second game in as many days by recording the final four outs and surrendering one run on one hit.

Ole Miss entertains South Alabama Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games begin at 6:30 p.m. Nathan Baker and Phillip Irwin will start those two games respectively.

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