Ole Miss flexed its offensive muscle over the weekend against Florida.
After beating the Gators 12-4 on Friday, Ole Miss erupted for 28 more runs on Saturday across a doubleheader where the Rebels won 16-4 in Game 1 and 12-10 in Game 2. With the sweep, Ole Miss improves to 23-10 on the season and 8-4 in SEC play through four weekends.
Across the weekend, Ole Miss combined to score 40 runs on 49 hits, good for the most runs in a single series since the Rebels scored 45 runs against Minnesota in 2008.
“Credit to our guys,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “The offense, surely, for being able to put some innings together.”
The Rebels were hitting just .223 in conference play after losing two of three at Missouri. They hit .296 in winning twice at No. 8 Arkansas last week and hit .418 against the Gators (21-13, 4-8 SEC).
Greenwood native Thomas Dillard went 4-for-5 in the first game on Saturday. He also scored three runs.
Dillard, a junior for the Rebels, went hitless in the second game in three at-bats but still scored twice and brought home a run. He is now hitting .355 — the second best batting average on the team — with nine home runs, four doubles and a triple.
Ole Miss plays Tuesday night at 6 in Pearl.
MSU: No. 8 Mississippi State saw its bullpen shoulder the load in the series finale at Tennessee Sunday, as the Bulldogs got eight innings of work out of three relievers to earn a 7-5 victory over the Vols to claim the Southeastern Conference series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee (23-10, 4-8 SEC) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against MSU (27-6, 7-5 SEC) freshman starting pitcher J.T. Ginn, before each team scored one run in the third. State scored two in the fourth to tie the game, before it plated one in the fifth and two in the sixth to grab a 6-3 lead. Tennessee plated two runs in the sixth inning, but MSU added one in the eighth to cap the scoring at 7-5.
The State bullpen tossed eight innings in the series-clinching win, with redshirt junior Keegan James (3-1) picking up the win and senior Jared Liebelt collecting his third save of the year.
State got multi-hit games from five different student-athletes, led by three-hit outings from sophomores Tanner Allen (3-for-5) and Rowdey Jordan (3-for-4), with each hitting a home run. Senior Elijah MacNamee, along with sophomores Justin Foscue and Jordan Westburg, each chipped in two hits apiece.
MacNamee’s two hits moved his reached-base streak to 28 games and his hitting streak to 10, while senior Jake Mangum had one hit to move his hitting streak to 13 games. Junior Dustin Skelton saw his hitting streak come to an end, but reached base twice via hit-by-pitch to move his on-base streak to 17-straight games.
State has now won three of its first four SEC series, including a pair of road series wins.
Mississippi State will begin a five-game homestand with a midweek contest against South Alabama on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will then welcome Alabama for a three-game series, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday.
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