OXFORD, Miss. -- The No. 22-ranked Ole Miss baseball team (8-5) claimed the weekend series with Stetson (7-8), taking both games of its doubleheader Saturday, March 7, at Swayze Field. After an 8-3 win in game one, the Rebels followed it up with a 7-3 victory in game two.
Behind the left arm of Christian Trent and a three-run second inning, the Ole Miss baseball team took the first game of Saturday's doubleheader and the first game of the weekend series against Stetson, 8-3.
Trent (3-0) earned the win, improving to 12-0 for his career, as he settled in and pitched a shutout after giving up three runs over the first two innings. Trent scattered six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.
"If you're going to be the ace, one of the challenges you're going to face is if you get banged around a little bit, can you stay in there," Bianco mentioned. "After three runs, we kept answering, which was huge, but it was also big that after those innings, he put up four zeroes in a row. He looked more like the ace. It may not have been his best stuff, but we started to extend the lead and he started to run through some innings."
At the plate for the Rebels, the top three in the order went 7-for-13 with two doubles, a walk, a stolen base, three runs scored and five RBI, led by freshman left fielder Kyle Watson.
Batting leadoff for the third straight game, Watson put together a career game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, two runs scored and a career-high three RBI, raising his batting average to a team-best .481 for the season.
Sophomore shortstop Errol Robinson (3-for-4), freshman designated hitter Will Golsan (2-for-4) and junior center fielder J.B. Woodman (2-for-5) also tallied multi-hit games, as the Rebels pounded out 14 hits for the opener.
"Will (Golsan) and Kyle (Watson), especially in the first game, both had terrific days," Bianco said. "I'm proud of those young guys. Overall, it was a pretty good day for us offensively."
A two-run home run by senior third baseman Josh Powers put Stetson on the board in the first. However, Ole Miss got both runs back in the bottom of the inning, plating a pair of runs on an RBI single by Woodman.
The Hatters added another run in the second, but the Rebels limited the damage to the single run as Woodman threw out another runner at the plate for the final out of the frame.
Ole Miss took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the second. After back-to-back singles to start the inning, Watson delivered with a two-run double to right, and then Golsan drove in another run with a RBI double to left.
Watson added to his RBI total with a two-out single in the third, giving the Rebels a 6-3 lead. Ole Miss closed out its scoring in the middle innings on an RBI single by junior outfielder Cameron Dishon in the fifth and took advantage of a fielding error with two outs in the sixth.