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No. 7 Ole Miss takes series from No. 24 Georgia


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OXFORD -- The No. 7 Ole Miss baseball team swept No. 24 Georgia 8-4 and 5-2 Saturday in a doubleheader at Swayze Field. 


In Game 1, former New Hope High School standout Will Golsan had a hit and two RBIs. Grae Kessinger and Ryan Olenek had two hits. 


The wins helped Ole Miss improve to 32-9 and 10-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while Georgia slipped to 27-13 and 10-8. 


n On Friday, No. 24 Georgia scored a run in the eighth and ninth innings to outlast Ole Miss 3-2 in Game 1. 


Ole Miss starter Ryan Rolison went seven strong innings and struck out six. The sophomore left-hander escaped a couple command miscues in the first inning in which Georgia scored its first run. 


Starter Chase Adkins turned in seven innings of one-run ball for Georgia. His lone blemish came in the sixth when Kessinger homered to left field to tie the game at 1. Adkins scattered four hits in seven innings. 


A leadoff double in the eighth ended Rolison's night. The run scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly to give Georgia a 2-1 lead. 


Ole Miss tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on Thomas Dillard's single up the middle with two strikes and one out. 


Nick Fortes was 2-for-4, while Olenek extended his Southeastern Conference-best hitting streak to 17 games.  


Tucker Bradley's one-out single in the ninth off Parker Caracci was the winning blow. 


Will Golsan has hit in seven-straight games. 


Southern Mississippi takes on Middle Tennessee 


HATTIESBURG -- Walker Powell checked Middle Tennessee on two runs in six innings, and Mason Irby had three hits and drove in four runs Saturday to lead the No. 13 Southern Mississippi baseball team to an 11-2 victory against Middle Tennessee in Game 1 of a Conference USA doubleheader at Pete Taylor Park. 


LeeMarcus Boyd and Luke Reynolds cracked two-run home runs three batters apart in the fifth inning as Southern Miss (27-11, 12-4 C-USA) clinched its 10th-consecutive conference series by taking the first two games of the three-game match from the Blue Raiders (20-19-1, 6-10-1). 


Irby and Gabe Montenegro had run-scoring singles to take a 2-0 lead off starter Carson in the second inning before the Golden Eagles scored five runs with two outs in the third. 


With the bases loaded, Irby came through with a bases-clearing double and Matthew Guidry followed three batters later with a two-run single. 


Boyd hit his fifth home run of the season and Reynolds smacked his eighth in the four-run fifth to give Southern Miss its final runs. 


Powell (4-2) went six innings for the Golden Eagles, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. Cody Carroll allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four. 


Lester (3-4) allowed seven runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three. 


Sandlin had double-digit hits (15) for a fifth consecutive game and scored 10 or more runs for the 14th time this season. Reynolds, Guidry and Daniel Keating had two hits apiece. Irby scored three runs, while Reynolds, Keating, and Boyd each scored twice. 


n On Friday, Stevie Powers turned in a second-consecutive gem to lead No. 13 Southern Miss to a 9-1 victory against Middle Tennessee in Game 1 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. 


Matt Wallner hit his 11th home run of the season and Keating had three hits, including a three-run triple, in his first game at the plate since April 1 as Southern Miss won its third-consecutive game. 


Powers (3-1), who pitched the first complete game of his career last weekend at Florida International, went eight innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out a career-high 12. It was Powers' third game of the season with at least 10 strikeouts. 


Alabama loses first two to Auburn 


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Tanner Burns and Cody Greenhill combined on a shutout Saturday to lead Auburn to a 5-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. 


With the loss, the Crimson Tide slips to 22-19 and 5-12 in Southeastern Conference play. 


Auburn scored one run in the third and added a pair in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. The Tigers then collected single tallies in the seventh and ninth for the win. 


Alabama starter Jake Walters suffered the loss despite a strong outing that saw the senior strike out seven in six innings. 


n On Friday, Auburn scored five runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth to pull away for a 19-5 victory before a sellout crowd at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. 


The Tigers scored one run in the top of the first and added another run in the fourth. Alabama took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with three runs, but Auburn answered with five in the fifth and seventh along with a six-run sixth and one in the ninth to secure the win. 


Joe Breaux and freshman Sam Praytor led Alabama with two-hit games, as Breaux finished 2-for-4 with one run, while Praytor went 2-for-3 with a double and one walk. Hunter Alexander had three RBIs on a bases-clearing double in the fourth. 




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