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.
"We have a ways to go still, but today was our most complete day, offensively, and we continue to play clean defensively," head coach Mike Bianco said. "And on the mound, for the most part, we pitched well."
Ole Miss will look to complete the sweep in Sunday's series finale, now set for 12:00 p.m. CT due to anticipated inclement weather. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+ as well as the Ole Miss Radio Network.
Sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett joined some elite company as he helped carry Ole Miss past Stetson 7-3 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, clinching the weekend series for the Rebels.
"I felt good from the start," Bramlett said. "I'm not really a vocal guy, but coming to the dugout (after that first inning), I got a little vocal and said, `Let's go. Let's score some runs.'"
Bramlett struck out a career-high 12 batters, the most in a game by an Ole Miss pitcher since Drew Pomeranz struck out 15 in a win over Georgia on April 9, 2010. It was his second double-digit strikeout game of the season, becoming the first Rebel to record multiple double-digit strikeout games since Pomeranz, also in 2010.
Bramlett (2-1) worked six scoreless innings to earn the win, scattering three hits with one walk, to go along with the 12 strikeouts. He faced four over the minimum and struck out three batters in each of the first, second and sixth innings, including a perfect first inning to start his outing.
"He's always fired up and ready to go," said junior left-hander Christian Trent of Bramlett. "I thought he was going to get the record two weeks ago. I thought he was going to get the record today. He was on pace for 27, but 12 is still impressive. I'm sure he will take 12."
As a staff, Ole Miss pitchers struck out 15 Hatters throughout the game, marking the most strikeouts for Stetson since facing Chris Sale and Florida Gulf Coast University, March 9, 2010.
Sophomore shortstop Errol Robinson tallied his second multi-hit game of the day and his third of the season, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Freshman second baseman Tate Blackman also went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the contest.
Sophomore catcher Henri Lartigue gave Ole Miss a 1-0 lead in the second with his first career home run on a solo shot to right. The Rebels put up a four-spot in the second, taking advantage of three Stetson errors in the frame. Also in the inning, Blackman delivered the big hit with a two-out, two-RBI single to left.
The Hatters cut into the lead with three runs in the seventh as each of the first four batters in the inning reached base. Kyle Pitts started things off with a RBI double, followed by a two-RBI double by junior first baseman Will MacKenzie, before freshman right-hander Will Stokes retired the next three batters in order to end the threat.
Ole Miss added two runs in the eighth on a two-RBI single by freshman designated hitter Will Golson, while sophomore left-hander Wyatt Short worked a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn the save to close out the 7-3 win for the Rebels.