Surging to Seven

With an opportunistic offense and a solid outing from the Ole Miss pitching staff, the No. 18 Rebels ran their win streak to seven games and kept the momentum mounting as LSU invades for Red/Blue Weekend.

South Alabama (18-15) posted single runs in the first two innings, but Ole Miss (22-11) buckled down on the mound and delivered two four-run frames at the plate to dispose of the Jaguars 10-2 Wednesday at Swayze Field in front of an announced crowd of 4,144.

"We really put the offense together tonight," Mike Bianco said. "That is what it is about, putting the hits and the at-bats together. You can't argue with 10 runs."

Michael Guerrero led Ole Miss with a 2-for-3 night that included a three-run homer and four RBI. The junior also scored three times. Logan Power chipped in with two hits.

The Rebels grabbed control with four runs in the first inning and added two runs in the third and four more in the fourth. Ole Miss scored its 10 runs on 10 hits and took advantage of two Jaguar errors.

Ole Miss has taken three straight midweek contests since suffering a rough stretch of 2-4 in the team's previous six games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

"We have to come out and win our midweek games," Guerrero said. "We were tired of losing those and letting the fans down. We came out and produced and will bring it over to LSU."

Brett Bukvich (1-1) worked two perfect innings for the win in his first action since taking time to recover from pulled ligaments his throwing hand. It was the first playing time for the junior since starting in Ole Miss' loss to Western Kentucky on March 12.

Phillip Irwin went four innings as the starter, allowing two runs on five hits. Jake Morgan and Matt Tracy cleaned up the final three frames with two innings and one inning respectively. Irwin, Bukvich and Morgan all struckout three Jaguars apiece, while Tracy recorded one punchout.

Freshman Logan Williams took off his redshirt and started at third base in place of Cody Overbeck. Williams finished 0-3 but picked up an RBI on a first-inning walk. Overbeck is suffering from shin splints but is scheduled to play this weekend.

Williams playing is due to Evan Button and Overbeck being injured.

Chris LaGrow received the loss for South Alabama after surrendering six runs (three earned) on five hits in two innings.

Friday's first pitch between Ole Miss and LSU will be thrown at 6:35 p.m.

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