Tuesday night Ole Miss baseball played hosts to the Austin Peay Governors at Swayze Field in a midweek match-up which saw the Rebels bats come alive.
Ole Miss baseball returned home off the road from the series against the Long Beach State Dirtbags for the beginning of two midweek games. The first was Tuesday night against Austin Peay with the second game tonight against Little Rock. Coming off a series win on the West Coast we were anxious to see how the Rebels would respond from the long road trip.
The Rebels wasted no time getting started and saw a 2-0 lead entering the 3rd. Austin Peay got on the board in the top of the 3rd with a lone run. However, the Rebels responded and added 3 more runs in the bottom of the frame to lead 5-1. The Governors added 3 runs in the 5th to narrow the Ole Miss lead to 5-4 but Ole Miss powered back with a 6 run 8th inning to get the 11-4 home win.
Of course, as with any win, we know the numbers will look good. When the final score is 11-4 we know the numbers will look very good for Ole Miss baseball. Let’s break down the game by the numbers.
By The Numbers
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On The Hill
On the night Rebel pitchers allowed only 4 runs on 8 hits. Sophomore right-hander Houston Roth drew the midweek start on the mound for the Rebels. Roth went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 7 hits. Roth had 6 Ks and 2 BB.Senior right-hander Will Stokes entered in the 5th and went 2.1 innings on the rubber. Stokes allowed no runs on only 1 hit and had 2 Ks.
Sophomore right-hander Will Ethridge entered in the 8th and finished out the night for the Rebels pitching staff. Ethridge allowed no hits and had 1 K. Stokes picked up the win in the game while Ethridge got the save. We continue to see strong pitching from the Rebels staff. We can expect this entire staff to get even better as the season moves forward.
At The Plate
On the night 8 Rebels hitters combined for 13 hits and 11 runs and 4 Rebels had multiple hits against Austin Peay pitching. Junior Chase Cockrell went 3 for 3 at the plate and scored a run. However, the big hits of the game went to sophomore Thomas Dillard and freshman Tyler Keenan. They both went 2 for 4 at the plate and each had homers in the game. Dillard had two himself. Each Rebels hitter knocked in 4 RBI. Senior Will Golsan went 2 for 5 at the plate and had 1 RBI.
Other Rebels who produced at the plate were sophomore Cole Zabowski and junior Ryan Olenek. Each went 1 for 4 in the game while Zabowski had 1 RBI. Junior Jacob Adams also went 1 for 4 at the plate while Michael Spears went 1 for 1 with 1 RBI. The Rebels opened up the bats last night in the first game of consecutive midweek games.
Ole Miss will have the second game of a rare midweek series Wednesday night. First pitch between Ole Miss baseball and Little Rock is set for 6:30pm CT and the game will be televised via SEC Network+. Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!