OXFORD, Mississippi – Mason Berne collected two hits for UNCW, but eighth-ranked Ole Miss used a four-run second inning to take the lead on its way to a 7-2 win over the Seahawks in the first game of a three-game series on Friday at Swayze Field.
The Seahawks took their first loss of the season to dip to 3-1, while the Rebels remained perfect at 5-0.
Ole Miss starter David Parkinson improved to 2-0 on the season. The lefthander pitched into the seventh, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk. He finished with six strikeouts.
Alex Royalty (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs over six innings. Royalty tied his career-high with four walks, including three in the second inning.
The Rebels opened a 4-0 lead in the second, taking advantage of three walks and three hits. Cooper Johnson plated the first run with a bases-loaded walk and Grae Kessinger pushed the lead to 2-0 with a RBI single.
Kessinger collected three hits for the Rebels. Chase Cockrell and Thomas Dillard had home runs for Ole Miss., while Johnson and Dillard had two runs batted in apiece.
The Seahawks were 0-9 with two outs and 0-10 with runners on base. Meanwhile, Ole Miss was 5-8 with runners on and 3-6 with runners in scoring position.
The series continues on Saturday with a 1 p.m. EST start. Ole Miss will start righthander James McArthur (0-0, 4.15 ERA) while the Seahawks counter with junior righthander Josh Roberson (0-0, 1.80 ERA).