No.5 Ole Miss baseball entered game-two looking to win the series against the No.12 Texas A&M Aggies but fell just short in a late rally.
Ole Miss baseball (21-3, 3-2) was coming into the Friday night match-up with No.12 Texas A&M (19-5, 2-3) off a exciting 5-4 game-one win. Of course, the Rebels were set on taking control of the Friday night game and getting the series with a game-two win. However, the Aggies are a No.11 team for reason and on their home field at Blue Bell Park a win is never easy. The Rebels had their hands full in game-two.
After a scoreless 1st frame the Aggies jumped on the board hard in the bottom of the 2nd with 4 runs. The Aggies maintained the 4-0 lead thru the 3rd but the Rebels answered with a run in the top of the 4th. The score was 4-1 in the bottom of the 5th when the Aggies added a run to extend the lead to 5-1.
After a scoreless 6th the Rebels added a run in the top of the 7th to narrow the Aggies lead to 5-2. However, the Aggies once again responded in the bottom of the frame adding 2 more runs. The score was 7-2 in the top of the 8th when Ole Miss rallied back on a grand-slam HR from Michael Fitzsimmons to make the game 7-6 Aggies. A&M defense shut down the Rebels in the top of the 9th and secured the Aggies 7-6 win.
Right now the Rebels continue to hit well. Friday night was no exception as the bottom of the order contributed greatly. Of course, with today’s rubber game hanging in the balance we expect to see the Rebels turn up the heat. The Rebels will have to produce at the plate to try to win the series. However, for now we’ll just look at the numbers from Friday’s game.
By The Numbers
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On the night, Ole Miss pitchers allowed 6 earned runs on 8 hits while etching out 5 Ks. The Rebels regular game-two starter Brady Feigl took the mound. Feigl went 6.1 innings on the hill and allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits. Feigl had 4 Ks but struggled somewhat and also gave up 4 BB.
Coach Mike Bianco made the call to the bullpen in the 7th and senior right-hander Will Stokes entered. Stokes faced 4 batters in the frame and allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits. Bianco went back to the pen and sophomore right-hander Greer Holston made his appearance. Holston went 1.2 innings and allowed no hits. Holston had 1 K and 1 BB.
Friday night at the plate there were 7 Rebels who combined for 10 hits. Of course, the huge at bat of the night came on the grand-slam shot of Michael Fitzsimmons who went 1 for 1. Junior Ryan Olenek also went 1 for 1 at the plate. Junior Chase Cockrell had a 3 for 3 night at the plate while scoring 2 runs. Sophomore Cole Zabowski went 1 for 2 at the plate while junior Jacob Adams went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. Both senior Will Golsan and sophomore Thomas Dillard had 1 for 4 nights. Golsan had 1 RBI.
Of course, No.5 Ole Miss baseball will be back in action today as they try to take the rubber game and the series against No.12 Texas A&M. First pitch is set for 2pm CT and can be seen on SEC Network+. Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels. BEAT THE AGGIES! Hotty Toddy!