The bats remained on fire for the 24th-ranked Mississippi baseball team, as the host Rebels scored nine runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 16-5 victory over FIU on Sunday afternoon. The victory gave the Rebels (3-0) a three-game sweep to begin the season.
Ole Miss is off to a 3-0 start for the fourth time in the past six seasons and ninth time overall under coach Mike Bianco.
Every Rebel in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. Ole Miss scored 16 runs on 12 hits, led Tate Blackman, Will Golsan and J.B. Woodman with two hits apiece. Blackman capped off an impressive start to his sophomore campaign with his third consecutive multi-hit game, and Woodman belted a three-run homer for his first of the season. Making his first start as a Rebel, freshman shortstop Ryan Olenek tallied a team-high four RBI.
On the mound, Sean Johnson (1-0) pitched five innings in his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season. The redshirt junior allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five.
For the Panthers (0-3), Garrett Cave (0-1) was pulled with one out in the first and took the loss. Austin Rodriguez and Nick Day went 2 for 3, with Day hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
▪ St. Thomas 9-2, Palm Beach Atlantic 10-1: The Bobcats (7-6), ranked No. 1 by Perfect Game and No. 2 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, split a doubleheader with the Sailfish (8-6) on Saturday night. In the second game, Alex Viera allowed one earned run on three hits over seven inning to earn the victory.
▪ St. Thomas 72, Ave Maria 50: Supavadee Kunchuan had a double-double (24 points and 10 rebounds) to lead the Bobcats (14-9, 13-3 The Sun Conference) over host Ave Maria (11-15, 4-12) on Saturday night.
Swimming and diving
Nova Southeastern claimed titles in the men’s 100-yard freestyle, women’s 200-yard backstroke and men’s 200-yard back to highlight the final day of the Sunshine State Conference championships in Orlando.
Thiago Sickert was named the men’s Swimmer of the Meet as both teams took second place overall. Sickert won the men’s 100 free in 43.79 seconds. Emma Wahlstrom won the women’s 200 back in 2:01.31, and Anton Lobanov won the men’s 200 back in 1:55.06.