Ole Miss Baseball headed into AutoZone Park in Memphis Tuesday night in hope of a victory and a little redemption. The Memphis Tigers had already taken the Rebels from the ranks of the nation’s unbeaten in a 9-6 win. Now, the Rebels would drop a midweek game to the same Tiger team 2-1 in extra play.
Baseball, in general, is a game of ups and downs. Momentum can be the catalyst which drives a team to a capture a series against another team. For Ole Miss baseball on Tuesday night, it was obvious the momentum was on the side of the Memphis Tigers, as they took the win in 11 innings.
The match-up at AutoZone Park in Memphis was the second game of a one and one series set up between the two universities. Of course, Memphis has always been a thorn in the side of the Rebels regardless of the particular sport. Tuesday night would prove to be no different as Mike Bianco and his Rebel team took the field.
What Went Right
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Once again, Memphis happened. Pitching saw Sean Johnson on the rubber for his first start of the season. Johnson was limited to only 4 innings, but only allowed 1 run on 2 hits and one free trip to 1st. In total, six Rebel pitchers would find time on the hill thru 11 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 9 hits. Andy Pagnozzi (2-1) would take the loss on the mound.
What Went Wrong?
Once again, Memphis happened. Tigers pitcher Jonathan Bowlan went 8.1 innings, striking out 8 Rebel hitters, while only giving up one run on 4 hits. Rebel hitting, which had improved in the series against Vandy was flailing once again. Colby Bortles did go 2 of 4 in the box and supplied the double which tied the game in the 9th. However, the Rebels only had 3 more hits. Tate Blackman did have 1 hit in the contest. Also garnering hits were Will Golsan and Chase Cockrell. The Ole MIss baseball team stranded 5 in the game, which has been a problem for the Rebel offense this season.
Ole Miss Baseball Road Trip
The #11 Rebels stay on the road as they head to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the #19 Kentucky Wildcats. James McArthur (0-1, 1.76) will make the start on the hill for Ole Miss. This weekend’s SEC series pits the best pitching staff against the top offensive unit in the conference. First pitch will be at 6pm CT. The match-up will be carried on SECN.