Senior Matt Snyder went 4-4 and Bobby Wahl threw 6 innings of 2-run baseball, but the Rebels still managed to fall short. It is the 2nd time Ole Miss has been shutout in their last 4 games. In their last 4 games, they have managed to score just 5 runs in 36 innings. A slump that has less to do with getting on base as it is what to do when they get there. A total of 7 runners were stranded in the first 6 innings, 5 of which were in scoring position.
Bobby Wahl and Tanner Bailey were able to keep a potent Kentucky offense at bay all morning, surrendering just 2 runs. A solo home run in the 4th by pitcher AJ Reed and an RBI single in the 6th by Cameron Flynn were all the runs the Wildcats needed. Both teams accumulated 7 hits, 4 of which coming from one batter: Matt Snyder for Ole Miss and AJ Reed for Kentucky.
The loss drops Ole Miss into the losers bracket to face the loser of the Arkansas-Mississippi State game. Kentucky will recieve a bye regardless of the Game 2 outcome and will await the winner of the LSU vs. Arkansas/MSU game tomorrow. An 0-2 mark for the Rebels would likely put them in the mix for a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament and could spell the end for Mike Bianco. The general consensus among fans is his ineptitude of getting the most out of talented recruiting classes and faltering come May and June. Tomorrow’s game is monumental for the 12 year coach as well as any hopes this team has of avoiding a catatonic 3-seed. Game time is set for 9:30 tomorrow morning.