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No. 8 Rebels rout Princeton for a double-digit victory

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OXFORD, Miss. - Just has been the story all weekend, No. 8 Ole Miss routed the Princeton Tigers for a double-digit margin of victory to complete the series sweep with 47 runs scored throughout the weekend. The Rebels (14-1) walked away after six and a half due to a 10-run run rule, yet they still managed to tie the all-time record for most runs in a three-game series, which was 47 set in 2005 vs. Purdue.

Ole Miss has now won 14 straight games since dropping their season opener vs. No. 1 Louisville, which is the longest streak since 1964.

Derek Diamond performed as advertised as he picked up his second win of the season after 5.0 innings pitched and just two runs allowed. Diamond's five-inning outing continued the streak of 12 consecutive games with the Rebel weekend starter going at least 5.0 IP.

Offensively, freshman Peyton Chatagnier led the team with a pair of home runs, three RBI and a 3-for-4 day at the plate that handed him his first career multi-RBI and multi-homer day. His season total is up to four, putting him in second place on the team behind the leader Anthony Servideo, who also belted a homer today. Tyler Keenan also had himself a day, going 2-for-4 with four RBI, but it was an all-around team effort in the final of three blowout victories over Princeton this weekend.

The Rebels have now swept three consecutive series for the first time since 2013.

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Diamond was able to stifle the Tiger bats throughout most of his outing, save for a two-spot from Princeton in the second inning. He was perfect in the first inning as he struck out the side, and though he allowed two runs on three hits in his next frame, he settled in to go another three scoreless innings. He finished his day at 5.0 IP, five strikeouts, one walk and just two runs allowed on six hits.

At the plate, the Rebels were producing every inning.

Chatagnier led off the scoring fest with a solo home run in the second at bat of the game for the Rebels, but the home team wasn't done in the opening frame. Tyler Keenan reached on a single, one of his twohits on the day, before ultimately scoring on a RBI single from Ben Van Cleve. Chatagnier picked up his second RBI of the day one inning later on a single that scored Hayden Dunhurst, before Keenan notched his first RBI today on a sacrifice fly to put the Rebels up 4-0 after two.

Hayden Leatherwood started off the third with a single through the middle, before he scored on a Tim Elko RBI single. Dunhurst plated the Rebel captain on another sacrifice fly, but Bench would provide the biggest swing of the inning one batter later. The sophomore center fielder lifted his first pitch to left field for his first career home run, a solo shot with two outs in the third.

Chatagnier struck again in the fourth inning with his second home run of the game for the freshman's first career multi-homer game, and his fourth long ball of the season.

In the fifth, the Rebels pounced on the Tigers after Keenan belted a bases-clearing double to the right center gap with the bases loaded that added three more to the run column. Cael Baker followed it up with the Rebels' second consecutive double, scoring Keenan from second, for the fourth run of the inning.

Ole Miss had already reached the 10-run lead required to close it out early, but Anthony Servideo left no doubt in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer, the Rebels' fourth homer of the day that put Ole Miss up 14-2.

Cole Baker closed it out with a clean seventh inning, and the Rebels walked out of Sunday's matchup with Princeton with a seven-inning victory, solidifying their series sweep.

The Rebels will head off for their second road test of the year this week, a two-game midweek matchup against ULM set for Tuesday and Wednesday. When they return to Oxford, they will open SEC play by hosting LSU next weekend.

Quick Hits

- Ole Miss improves to 14-1 on the year, and 3-0 all-time vs. Princeton.

- The Rebels have now won 14 games in a row, to extend their longest winning streak since 1964.

- Ole Miss has now swept three consecutive series for the first time since 2013.

- Ole Miss hit 10home runs this weekend, increasing their season total to 31.

- Peyton Chatagnier hit his third and fourth homer of the year today, putting him in a two-way tie for second place on the team.

- Justin Bench notched his first career homer today, a solo shot in the third inning.

- Bench has also reached base in every single game this season.

- Senior captain Tim Elko raised his batting average from .222 entering this weekend to .317after three games vs. Princeton.

- Tyler Keenan singled in the first to extend his reached base streak to 14 games, or every single game this season.

- Ben Van Cleve recorded his first career RBI today on a run-scoring single in the first inning. He also notched his first career multi-hit game today.

- Peyton Chatagnier picked up his first career multi-homer game, and first career multi-RBI game with a pair of home runs and threeruns driven in.