No. 25 Rebels clinch series; MSU loses another

Arkansas-Little Rock's Ben Crumpton dives in safe at home as Ole Miss catcher Will Allen takes the late throw. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)

Arkansas-Little Rock’s Ben Crumpton dives in safe at home as Ole Miss catcher Will Allen takes the late throw. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)

School reports

OXFORD – No. 25 Ole Miss scored five runs with two outs in the first and rolled to an 11-5 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, clinching the weekend series.

The teams close out the series today at 1:30 p.m. at Swayze Field.

No. 6 hitter Preston Overbey led a 15-hit effort for Ole Miss (13-2), going 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBI, including a two-run double in the first.

Aaron Greenwood (1-0) picked up the win in relief, entering the game in the fifth inning to replace starter Christian Trent. Greenwood worked 11⁄3 innings, allowing only two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

“It was one of those days that you just had a feeling that there was going to be offense,” said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. “We were amazing in the first inning. … Hitting is contagious and it certainly was today.”

UALR (8-4) scored four runs in the fourth to make it 6-4.

Bulldogs fall again

Playing in the Hi Corbett Classic at Tucson, Ariz., No. 12 Mississippi State will be trying to avoid a four-game sweep when it faces host Arizona today at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs (11-7) lost 7-6 to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.

MSU starter Trevor Fitts gave up five runs in 21⁄3 innings of work, but reliever Ross Mitchell (2-1) too the loss. The Bulldogs were outhit 11-9.

C.T. Bradford tripled and drove in two runs in the loss.