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BLOG: Ole Miss clinches West title, No. 2 seed in SEC tourney

BLOG — Ole Miss won more than its series against Texas A&M on Friday.

With its second straight win over the Aggies — a 4-2 victory in College Station, Texas — No. 11 Ole Miss wrapped up at least a share of the SEC Western Division championship, its first since 2009. The Rebels (40-15, 19-10 SEC) can clinch the title outright by finishing off a sweep of the Aggies in the final game of the regular season Saturday afternoon or with a loss by Mississippi State (35-19, 18-11).

Ole Miss’ reward is the No. 2 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Rebels will get a bye into the second day of the tournament and play the winner of Tuesday’s 7-10 game. As of the completion of Friday’s games, that would be either Arkansas or Texas A&M.

The Rebels overcame a 2-1 deficit through four innings to clinch the series win against A&M. Ole Miss, which won the opener 8-4 on Thursday, took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth and tacked on another in the ninth. Catcher Will Allen went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Auston Bousfield, J.B. Woodman and Will Jamison each drove in a run.

Left-hander Christian Trent scattered eight hits and allowed both runs in five innings of work to pick up the win. Trent (8-0) joined right-hander Chris Ellis (9-0) as two Ole Miss weekend starters to go unbeaten in the regular season.

Ole Miss, which began the week at No. 15 in the official RPI rankings, is a virtual lock to host a regional and is still in contention for a national seed. The Rebels have won four series in a row and are 19-7 since getting swept at Alabama March 28-30. (May 16, 2014)

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