Chase Cockrell had the first multi-home run game of his Ole Miss career as the Rebels defeated Eastern Illinois 7-3 Sunday afternoon.
Cockrell's towering home run over the right field wall — the first of two solo shots — gave Ole Miss a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Two innings later, Cockrell deposited another longball over the right field fence, bringing the score to 7-3.
Cockrell, who played high school ball at Bastrop and Oak Grove prior to spending a year at Hinds (Miss.) Community College, has helped Ole Miss to a 15-1 start. Playing in 11 games, he is batting .516 (16-for-31), with a .543 on base percentage and a .935 slugging percentage. Sunday's home runs were his second and third of the season, to go with four doubles and eight RBIs.
Ole Miss visits Georgia State Tuesday and Wednesday before opening SEC play Friday against Tennessee with a three-game series at Swayze Field.
CHELSEA FAGAN is tied for the National Junior College Athletic Association lead in home runs (13) while ranking second nationally in slugging percentage (1.138).
Fagan is batting .431 with a .507 on base clip, 34 RBIs, 66 total bases and 23 runs scored for Bossier Parish Community College.
Shelrika Bryant is also having an outstanding season for the Lady Cavaliers. The sophomore shortstop is slashing .415/.461/.646 while leading the team with 29 runs scored. She has hit three home runs, two triples and two doubles to go with 17 RBIs.
BPCC (15-3) is currently ranked No. 17 in Division I.
GSU: Three of Fagan and Bryant's former Bastrop High teammates recently helped Grambling put together a five-game winning streak.
Kenyshae Beasley went 1-for-3, stole a base and scored a run in the Lady Tigers' 10-2 win over Texas College on Friday, March 2. Appearing in 14 games, the center fielder/right fielder, is batting .273 with a .400 on base percentage, eight runs and a team-high five sacrifice bunts.
Coleman went 1-for-3 with a stolen base as Grambling's winning streak came to an end with a 10-2 loss to Langston on March 3. Coleman is currently batting .292 with a home run and 3 RBI while playing in 10 games (9 starts).
Senior first baseman Dee Coleman has made the most of her playing time, batting .500 (2-for-4) with a triple and an RBI.
Grambling's double header against Centenary was rained out on Tuesday. Returning to action Tuesday, the Lady Tigers travel to Hawkins, Texas for a 1 p.m. twinbill against Jarvis Christian.
SWAC CHAMPS: Grambling is going to the NCAA Women's Tournament for the first time in 19 years.
Junior guard Shakyla Hill put up 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals as GSU topped No. 1 seed Southern 72-68 in the SWAC Tournament Finals at Delmar Fieldhouse in Houston on Saturday night.
Grambling, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the finals with wins over No. 6 Alcorn State (80-71) and No. 3 Texas Southern (66-59).
Hill, the tourney MVP, was joined on the All-Tournament team by senior guard Monisha Neal.
MEN'S POSTSEASON: Though shutout of the Men's NCAA Tournament, The Boot will be well-represented in the NIT.
Southland Conference regular season champion Southeastern Louisiana (22-11) is paired against St. Mary's (28-5) Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Moraga, California. Wednesday's first round action has Louisiana-Lafayette (27-6), the Sun Belt Conference regular season champion, visiting LSU (17-14) Wednesday at 6 p.m.
ULM (16-15) accepted a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where it is paired against Austin Peay (18-14) of the Ohio Valley Conference. Game time is 7 p.m. in Clarksville, Tenn.