After dropping six games in a row, the Ole Miss Rebels (24-10, 5-8) dominated the Alabama Crimson Tide (22-14, 8-5) in a 6-0 win Friday night at Swayze Field.
Bobby Wahl improved to 7-0 by pitching 6 innings and allowing just 1 hit. It was not the sharpest day for Wahl as he allowed 5 walks and struck out just 3, but will took over and he was able to get himself out of nasty jams in the 3rd, 4th and 6th innings.
Aaron Greenwood pitched excellently in relief, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3 in 3 innings, earning his second save of the season.
Ole Miss was able to hang a 6-spot on the scoreboard due in large part to timely hitting, something that has not been a strong suit for the Rebels this season. They were 4-9 with RISP and stranded just one player in scoring position. RBI doubles by Stuart Turner and Tanner Mathis gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd. Then after an RBI single by Sikes Orvis, Turner scored from 3rd on a caught stealing, giving the Rebels a 4-0 lead by way of aggressive baserunning.
The leaders of the team took over for Ole Miss and there was inspired baseball being played for the first time in what seems like weeks. Seniors Mathis, Andrew Mistone and Will Allen all reached base twice. Allen doubled and contributed the exclamation point on the night, a two-run blast to left in the bottom of the 8th.
Charley Sullivan (3-3) got knocked around in his return home, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings. The lone hits for Alabama were Kyle Overstreet and Mikey White. The shutout marked the 7th time this season that Alabama has failed to score a run.
Justin Kamplain will get the ball for Alabama today, his first start of the season. The sophomore southpaw has appeared in 13 games this season, failing to factor into a decision with a 4.34 ERA. He’s struck out 19 batters in 18.2 innings and is tied for the team lead in home runs allowed with 3.
Gametime is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday with the Rebels trying to secure a critical series win for the first time in three weeks.