Sunday, April 2, 2023

Diamond Rebels Take Down Southern Miss 11-2

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Cole Zabowski. Photo by Steven Gagliano.

The Ole Miss baseball team’s offense came to life late in the game in an 11-2 victory over Southern Miss at Trustmark Park Tuesday night.

Ole Miss (24-10) scored 10 runs in the final three innings against the Golden Eagles. Freshman Knox Loposer came up big against USM going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Rebel starter Zack Phillips worked 4.1 innings giving up two runs on seven hits. He struck out six sluggers and and gave no walks.

Southern Miss got on the board first off a single from Bryant Bowen. Ole Miss quickly answered as Tyler Keenan grounded into a double play that scored Anthony Servideo.

The Golden Eagles put up their last run of the game in the second inning.

Ole Miss Head Coach Mike Bianco called on the arm of Austin Miller in the fifth inning. Miller stifled the Golden Eagles’ offense, striking out three batters and only allowing one free pass to pick up the win.

Ole Miss cranked up the offense in the sixth frame as they scored five runs on two hits while sending eight men to the dish. Loposer came up with two down and delivered a double to left center that scored Kevin Graham and Cole Zabowski. Chase Cockrell had the only other hit in the inning with a single down the left field line that drove in Loposer.

The Rebels scored a run in the seventh, but in the eighth they pushed the lead to a nine-run advantage by plating four runs on three hits to secure the win.

Ole Miss returns to action on Friday as they step back into conference play against the Kentucky Wildcats at Swayze Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network +.