After dropping game-one, No.6 Ole Miss baseball was looking to even up the series against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday.
Ole Miss baseball (18-2, 1-1) dropped game-one to Tennessee (13-7, 1-1) on a very peculiar night for baseball and needed to bounce back Saturday. Coaches, players and fans from both sides knew it was strange game which led to the Vols 8-6 win. Friday night’s game was a fluke loss for the Rebels, but sometimes it happens in baseball. Saturday’s game proved to be much better for the Rebels.
After a scoreless first inning the Rebels did get on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd with two runs. The Rebels took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 3rd where they added 1 run to make the lead 3-0. With the Vols stymied at the plate the Rebels added another 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th to take a 6-0 lead. Tennessee managed 1 run in the top of the 5th but Ole Miss answered with its own insurance run in the bottom of the 6th to lead 7-1. The Vols couldn’t answer through the last 3 frames and Ole Miss baseball took the 7-1 victory.
Saturday we saw the Ole Miss pitching staff assume control of the game and limit the Vols to just 5 hits. The Rebels were also able to produce offensively and continue to improve from game to game. Of course, game-two gave Ole Miss baseball their first SEC win of the 2018 season and evened the series with Tennessee. The Rebels have a very good shot at winning the series Sunday but first lets just enjoy Saturdays win by the numbers.
By The Numbers
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Saturday the Ole Miss pitching was absolutely outstanding. Junior right-hander Brady Feigl took his regular game-two start for the Rebels on the rubber. Feigl pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 1 earned run on just 4 hits. Feigl had 9 Ks and only 1 BB.
Senior right-hander Will Stokes entered in the 7th and went 1.2 innings on the hill. Stokes allowed no runs on just 1 hit and had 1 K. Freshman Max Cioffi entered in the 9th and mopped up on the hill. Cioffi allowed no hits and had 1 BB.
Offensively the Rebels showed up big-time at the plate. Seven Rebels combined for 12 hits and three Rebels had multiple hit games. Leading all Rebels was junior Jacob Adams who went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI. Sophomore Grae Kessinger went 3 for 4 and had 2 RBI while senior Tim Rowe went 2 for 3 and scored 2 runs.
Senior Will Golsan, junior Nick Fortes and sophomores Thomas Dillard and Cole Zabowski all went 1 for 4 at the plate. Zabowski scored a run. Of course, the Rebels bats are on fire right now and with good pitching they have a recipe for success this season. However, they do still have game-three facing them.
So far this season Ole Miss baseball is perfect in Sunday games and have yet to drop a series on the schedule. The Rebels will go for the series against Tennessee today at Swayze Field in Oxford. First pitch is set for 12 noon CT and the game will be televised via SEC Network+. Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels. BEAT THE VOLS! Hotty Toddy!