The game may have been too close for comfort on the scoreboard, but at the end of the day all that matters is that “W”.
Friday night, the weather was nice and crisp which just setup a perfect atmosphere for baseball at Swayze Field. The team was looking for motivation coming off a disappointing loss Wednesday night against Southern Miss.
The game started off slow offensively, making a scoreless first two innings of play for both teams due to stellar pitching and fielding. The Rebels would breakthrough first on the board in the bottom of the 3rd inning. J.B. Woodman setup the score with a two out double that gave Auston Bousfield the opportunity to deliver a hit up the middle to bring home Woodman. The Rebels would bring two more runs home in the bottom of the 4th to make the lead 3-0.
Arkansas would answer in the top of the 5th inning with a two run rally to cut the Rebel lead to one run. It would be the only time for the Razorbacks to put anything together on the scoreboard due to the great performance by Ole Miss’ pitching staff.
Chris Ellis would work through the 6th inning before Aaron Greenwood came in to close out the game. Greenwood’s performance was flawless, you simply could not ask for more. The right handed senior left the Razorbacks hit-less through nine batters and picked up three strikeouts to give the Rebels their 34th win and his second save of the season.
Chris Ellis (7-0 this season) picked up the win for Ole Miss, and it was well deserved. The right handed junior worked 6.0 innings on the mound allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Aaron Greenwood’s performance in relief was the biggest story of the night, but it was also a pair of freshmen who also made some noise. J.B. Woodman was 3-for-3 on the night with an RBI and a run scored. Errol Robinson proved he is the perfect guy at shortstop, by putting on a show of incredible fielding in the early innings. Watch his amazing stop in the bottom of the 2nd in the highlight video below.
The Rebels improve to 34-13 overall and 14-8 in the SEC standings as the Razorbacks fall to 29-19 overall and 10-12 in the SEC standings. With Alabama losing to Florida Friday night, at the moment Ole Miss holds solo 1st place in the SEC West standings.
The Rebels and Razorbacks are set to return to the field at 2:15 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game will be televised on the Fox Sports Network and can also be watched on RebelVision and WatchESPN through streaming video.
Oh yeah… here is the highlight video. Lets look for another win tomorrow. Hotty Toddy, y’all!