Gunnar Hoglund dominates, No. 14 Ole Miss baseball wins 5-1 vs. No. 15 South Carolina
Ole Miss baseball rode a dominant night from right-hander Gunnar Hoglund to end its SEC Game 1 losing streak.
No. 14 Ole Miss beat No. 15 South Carolina 5-1 on Friday. The Rebels (29-12, 11-8 SEC) had lost four straight series openers in SEC play, but Hoglund showed his future first-round pick potential. After missing last week, the junior returned and retired 18 of the 19 hitters he faced, including the last 15.
Hoglund allowed one hit and no walks in six innings, striking out nine before exiting the game with a 5-0 lead. He was relieved by sophomore Derek Diamond, who allowed a solo home run but struck out five batters in two innings. Ole Miss turned to closer Taylor Broadway to finish the win.
The Ole Miss trio only allowed two hits and one walk. They also struck out 17.
Ole Miss built an early lead with two hits, a walk and an error in the first inning, leading to two runs. The Rebels expanded that lead in the fourth inning with three runs on two hits, two walks and an error. Third baseman Justin Bench provided the big hit in the inning, a two-run single with two outs and the bases loaded.
The Rebels and Gamecocks will play a doubleheader Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the second will begin either 50 minutes after the completion of the first game or 6 p.m., but the game will not begin before 6 p.m.
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