Rowe's Three Hit Night Powers Ole Miss To Win Over LSU

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A grin spread across Tim Rowe's face as he stood in left field speaking to a group of reporters. These were the types of nights he envisioned going into a season that's seen some hurdles pop up in his path. He went 3-for-4 with three doubles and helped Ole Miss pummel LSU 14-3 to take game one of a crucial late-April SEC series.

He smacked one to the right-center gap in the second to open the game, another in the fourth that put the Rebels in position to tie the game at two after Tyler Keenan trotted home on a wild pitch.

The final one helped catalyze an eleven-run sixth inning for the Rebels, serving as the proverbial knockout blow to a feeble LSU bullpen who didn't help itself out in relief Zack Hess. John Kodros didn't record an out and was ousted after Rowe's damaging double. He came to the plate twice in that inning alone. The Tiger bullpen has struggled mightily in the last three weeks, compiling an era north of 16.

"It was awesome to keep rolling through the order," Rowe said. "We knew we had them."

Kodros' successor, Matthew Beck, bungled a pair of dribblers back to the mound to pave way for Nick Fortes and Will Golsan to plate a pair of two-run singles that piled the deficit to 9-3.

It's been a frustratingly idle season so far for the senior from Hernando, Miss. He's been sidelined by a nagging hamstring injury early in the season saw him get buried to a degree by a plethora of hot-swinging bats that Mike Bianco couldn't afford to take out of the lineup in favor of the left-handed slugger at the time.

"I am proud of him," head coach Mike Bianco said. "He starts the year with a pulled hamstring and really kind of gets behind some guys like (Chase) Cockrell, Ryan (Olenek) and Keenan. It was just tough to get him back into the lineup. But we have an injury and he steps in immediately and has had a ton of hits. I am really proud of him."

A partially torn labrum in the non-throwing shoulder of Ryan Olenek provided an opportunity for Rowe to get into the lineup. He hasn't wasted a pitch. He's got six hits in two games and is 6-for-7 with four doubles.

"It hasn't been that frustrating because I love seeing my teammates succeed," Rowe said. "It's just unfortunate how I got into the game with Ryan Olenek getting hurt. I am just trying to take advantage of the opportunity."

Staying engaged is no easy task when one comes into a season with high hopes as Rowe did only to have them mired by a muscle in his right leg.

"It's a little hard to wait," Rowe said. "You've just got to do what you do every day and put the work in on your own time."

Tonight was the type of night he envisioned so many times in the winter, a late April showdown with two SEC West heavyweights in front of a capacity crowd, swatting fastballs into the gap helping his team at the plate. His six hits in two games is a feat difficult in and of itself but even more daunting given that his at-bats in game action have been sparse because of his health.

"It's not difficult at all," Rowe said. "I just take my approach from batting practice straight into the game."

Once Olenek is able to come back healthy, Rowe at a minimum provides a great deal of pop and a left-handed bat for Bianco off the bench.

"It's great having another bat and left-handed bat at that," Bianco said. "When you have competition it makes it good for anyone. As much depth as you can have is key."

Ole Miss starter Ryan Rolison dazzled for his sixth win of the year and went seven innings for the third time in four starts. Rowe's night wasn't lost on him either.

"It's impressive to see him come off the bench like that with not a lot of at-bats," Rolison said. "I am really looking forward to him keeping it rolling."

For Rowe, it's about finding a way to help this team any way he can. Being healthy is a certainly a plus for the slugger and his team going forward.

"I feel great," Rowe said. "Credit to (trainer) Josh Porter. He got me back."

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    This is amazing with what he have done so far! Hope that he'll achieve more in the future!

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