Ole Miss baseball coasts to series sweep of Xavier


Ole Miss baseball is on a hot streak. The Rebels dropped their first game of the season but haven’t looked back since and now sit at 6-1 on the year after a three game sweep of Xavier.

On the heels of a season-opening series win over top-ranked Louisville and a walk-off midweek winner, Oxford played host to the Musketeers over the weekend. Facing far inferior competition out of the Big East, Ole Miss made a statement that was led by the pitching, and supported by the bats.

Doug Day was naughty.

Opening Day wasn’t an on-paper gem for Doug Nikhazy. Though the first five innings were solid, a difficult sixth inning against some of the nation’s top hitters took its toll.

On Friday against Xavier, he was untouchable. Literally.

Nikhazy threw six innings of no-hit ball on 96 pitches, only surrendered two walks, recorded his third scoreless start, and finished with nine strikeouts (six of which came in the first 10 batters). As the Rooster showed a year ago, he won’t light up the radar gun but jams his fastball in the zone and paints the corners with the best of them. His stuff was nastier than mayonnaise sitting out on a patio table in July.

Drew McDaniel replaced…

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