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College baseball roundup: LSU sweeps opening series over Maryland

BATON ROUGE — Third-ranked LSU (3-0) exploded for 14 runs on 14 hits and defeated Maryland (0-3) by a score of 14-3 Sunday at Alex Box Stadium in Game 3 of 2013 opening series.

The victory gave the Tigers the series sweep. LSU defeated Maryland 1-0 in Game 1 Friday and 5-1 in Game 2 Saturday.

“I thought we played very well in all three phases the entire weekend,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Today, the weather was warmer and the wind wasn’t blowing in, so we were able to generate more offense. I thought our guys played more relaxed and loose with some of the opening-weekend jitters out of the way. It felt today like we’re into the rhythm of the season.”

Junior infielder JaCoby Jones started the scoring onslaught with a solo home run in the second inning, his first of the season.

The Tigers added a run in the third inning with an RBI single from shortstop Alex Bregman, who went 3-for-3 on the day.

Sourthen Miss 6, Missouri 1

HATTIESBURG — Austin Roussel delivered a go-ahead RBI single in a sixth-run eighth to lift Southern Miss to a 6-1 victory over Missouri Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Tigers.

Roussel collected three of the Golden Eagles’ nine hits, while Isaac Rodriguez and Andrew Furr added two hits apiece.

Both teams remained scoreless through the first five innings as Mizzou’s Jace James and USM’s Mason Robbins dominated the other team’s hitters.

The Tigers collected their only run in the sixth. Sal Belfonte doubled to lead off the frame and then went to third on a lineout to center. After an intentional walk, Belfonte scored on a fielder’s choice by Dane Opel.

The game remained that way until the eighth when Rodriguez and Robbins led off the frame with consecutive doubles, the latter driving home the tying run. After a sacrifice bunt to move Robbins to third, Connor Barron and Bradley Roney each walked — the second walk was intentional – to load the bases.

Ole Miss 5, TCU 2

OXFORD — Stuart Turner’s first hit as a Rebel was a memorable one as the junior catcher delivered a grand slam in the first inning to help power No. 14 Ole Miss (3-0) to a weekend sweep of No. 12 TCU (0-3) with a 5-2 win on Sunday.

The Rebels picked up a 1-0 win on Friday night and a 5-2 win on Saturday to set up the sweep with the Sunday victory.

Trailing 1-0 after the top of the first, Turner came to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered the two-out shot to left field to propel the Rebels to a 4-1 lead. Ole Miss would never trail again on the way to completing the series sweep.

Chris Ellis (1-0) picked up the win in his second career start and first outing as a weekend starter. The sophomore, who was on a pitch count, turned in four innings of work and allowed one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts as the designated pitcher of record.

Senior Tanner Bailey picked up his first save of the season, working the final 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and one hit. The right-hander entered the game in the eighth inning with a man on second and one out. He retired the next two batters faced with a strikeout and a foul fly to keep the Rebels in possession of the three-run lead.

Mississippi State wins two

STARKVILLE — Timely hitting and strong pitching dominated the weekend as Mississippi State completed a season-opening four-game sweep of Portland in college baseball action.

The Bulldogs completed the perfect weekend with 7-1 and 6-0 victories in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

For the weekend, the Bulldogs outscored the Pilots 31-3, while batting .355 with a team earned run average of 0.75.

“It was a good weekend for our club,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “We had some sporadic offense but we pitched it well all weekend. Our defense was really great, too. We had pitchers throwing strikes for the most part and we backed them up with some real solid defense.”

In Sunday’s nightcap, Luis Pollorena (1-0) threw 4 1/3 innings of three hit relief to garner the win. Will Cox started and worked three innings for the Bulldogs. Ben Bracewell and John Marc Shelly completed the squad’s first shutout of the season.