We are winning again.
On Saturday after the completion of the 2014 Grove Bowl, the Diamond Rebels took the field at Swayze to complete their weekend series against Auburn in a double header. Thanks to Austin Anderson, they won game one of the series in dramatic walk-off fashion on Friday.
In game one on Saturday, Christen Trent (4-0) completed a shutout against the Tigers. The sophomore lefty gave up only five hits and two walks. His shutout would also included seven strikeouts. That was an amazing pitching performance by Trent in game one of the double-header.
In game two of the double header, it was Sam Smith (4-2) who made his sixth straight quality start and backed up Trent’s performance in the previous game. Smith picked up the win by giving up seven hits, one walk, and picked up five strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Josh Laxer would pick up the save in the game, by completing 2.0 innings of work. Laxer entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning. He would strike out three consecutive batters to get the Rebels out of the inning.
The Rebels took an early lead in the first game of the doubleheader. J.B. Woodman would single with two outs, and would reach third when Will Jamison singled up the middle. Woodman then scored on a passed ball on the play to give Ole Miss a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, an Austin Anderson walk, and three straight singles from Errol Robinson, Braxton Lee and Auston Bousfield helped get the first run home. Will Allen would come to the plate to deliver a two-RBI to bring the Rebels lead to 4-0. The team would then push in two more runs to extend the lead to 6-0, which would be the final result of game one.
It was a pitching battle in the first half of game two. The Rebels would finally break through on offense in the sixth inning. The inning would result with the Rebels putting up five runs on the board. Auburn finally answered in the seventh inning, with a single run to shrink the Rebel lead to 5-1. But, it was not enough as Ole Miss’ pitching would prevent any rallies from the Tigers in the final two innings. The final score in game two would be 5-1 Rebels.
Game 1 Highlights
Game 2 Highlights
After the series sweep over Auburn, the No. 16 Rebels improved to 25-8 overall and 7-5 in the conference standings. The team is expected to move up a little in Monday’s latest polls, and we will keep you updated when the polls release.
Ole Miss has a busy schedule coming up this week in baseball. On Tuesday night, the team will head to AutoZone Park to take on Memphis. Then they are back at Swayze to host Murray State Wednesday night. All leads up to head to Starkville on Friday, as the Rebels will take on intra-state rival Mississippi State in a three game weekend series.