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by: David S. Williams
Ole Miss Powers Past Stetson to Sweep Series
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/16/2014
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DeLAND—Preston Overbey homered twice and Will Allen knocked in four runs to lead Ole Miss to an 8-2 win and a series sweep of Stetson, Sunday at Melching Field.

Ole Miss (3-0) collected 17 hits, including three home runs on Sunday. Stetson (0-3) was limited to just four hits by four Ole Miss pitchers.

“We competed better today than we did in the first two games this weekend,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “We cut down on our mental mistakes, but you won’t win many ball games with three hits.”

Ole Miss broke open a scoreless game with two runs in the top of the third off Stetson starter Josh Powers (0-1). Allen and Sikes Orvis banged out back-to-back run-scoring singles, but Powers limited the damage by getting Auston Bousfield to line into an inning-ending double play.

The Hatters threatened in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with none out against Ole Miss starting pitcher Sam Smith. But Smith struck out first baseman Kurt Schluter and induced a double play grounder from designated hitter Garrett Russini to end the inning.

“The way we had been playing, against a team that good, you have to take advantage of that situation,” said Dunn. “And we didn’t. Then Ole Miss gets all jacked up to get out of the threat and came back to score some runs in the next two innings to put it away.”

The Rebels added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, on an Allen sacrifice fly and the first of Overbey’s two homers, taking a 4-0 lead.

Overbey homered again in the top of the eighth for a 5-0 lead, but Stetson cut the deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Kevin Fagan led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Tyler Bocock. Patrick mazeika knocked in Fagan with a grounder to first, and Schluter followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bocock to get within 5-2.

Ole Miss added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth for an 8-2 lead, with two coming on a home run by Allen.

“The first two games of the weekend were very disappointing,” said Dunn. “Overall, going 0-and-3, you just don’t expect to get swept. We played better today but not good enough against an SEC team. We have to get better. We have a tough game at FIU on Wednesday and face Boston College here next weekend. We’ve got to get better quickly.”

Powers suffered the loss despite a solid outing. The junior right-hander scattered nine hits over 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out three without a walk.

Smith tossed five shutout innings for the Rebels to get the win.

Bocock finished the day 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to lead the Hatters.

Stetson returns to action when they visit FIU, 5 p.m., Wednesday in Miami.


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