Former River trio playing well

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 6, 2014

A trio of former Pearl River Community College baseball standouts are all off to solid starts in their first seasons on the next level.

Picayune’s Braxton Lee has started all but one game as left fielder and leadoff hitter for Ole Miss, which is 11-1 this season. Lee is batting .325 (13-for-40) with 11 runs scored, five RBIs and a .451 on-base percentage.

Krisjon Wilkerson, a former St. Stanislaus standout, has started six of nine games at designated hitter for Arkansas. Wilkerson is batting .566 (10-for-18) with seven runs scored, a double, a home run and four RBIs.

Former Hancock High pitcher Christian Talley has started three games in his first season with the Golden Eagles, posting an 0-1 record, a 2.61 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

On Tuesday night, Talley notched his second consecutive solid start against a Southeastern Conference school as he started and threw almost six innings against Florida in Pensacola at BayFront Stadium. He allowed two runs on five hits and a season-high tying five strikeouts. The Gators rallied for a 4-2 win

The trio helped Pearl River go 41-14 and claim the MACJC South Division title in 2013.

Ole Miss hosted Memphis on Wednesday, then welcomes Arkansas-Little Rock for a three-game series this weekend. Arkansas travels to Berkeley, Calif., this weekend for the Cal Baseball Classic, playing three games.