One of the key points of the Ole Miss hype during the preseason was the stellar defense across the board. That hype has taken a nosedive after the Rebels committed 6 errors in a 4-3 loss to Memphis on Tuesday night.
The Ole Miss pitching staff kept the Tiger lineup in relative check all night, holding them to just 1 extra-base hit and 1 earned run while striking out 6. Their efforts were marred by errors from Austin Anderson, Stuart Turner, Lance Wilson and three from Andrew Mistone. Three of the errors came in the top of the 8th inning that saw the Tigers score a two-out run on a throwing error by Anderson that gave them the 4-3 lead.
Conner Porter earned the win in relief for Memphis, pitching 1 inning that saw 0 hits, 0 strikeouts and 1 walk. Jonathan Van Eaton picked up his second save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth with just 1 walk allowed. Six Memphis pitchers combined to hold Ole Miss to just one at-bat over the minimum.
Scott Weathersby received the loss for the Rebels after allowing 2 hits and 1 unearned run in 1.2 innings of relief.
Catcher Keaton Aldridge was 3-5 in the game and scored a pair of runs. Left fielder Jake Little went 2-3 and scored the game-winning run for the Tigers. Nate Rupiper had the lone extra-base hit for Memphis with a leadoff double in the 5th.
Despite his poor play in the field, Mistone got on base each time he was at the plate, drawing 3 walks. Wilson was 2-2 with a pair of singles and an RBI. Center fielder Auston Bousfield was 1-4 with a two-out RBI double in the 5th.
After the big win, the momentum continues for the Tigers who are now 5-3. They will return to play on Friday when they return home for a weekend series with UL-Monroe. Friday’s first pitch will be at 4 p.m. CT from FedEx Park.
Ole Miss suffers their first blemish of the year, falling to 7-1. They conclude their eight-game homestand with Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT.