Ole Miss Baseball: No.4 Rebels Advance To Championship Sunday

No.4 Ole Miss baseball was back in action Saturday as they faced the Texas A&M Aggies in Hoover in the SEC Tourney in the semifinals.

Ole Miss baseball was back in action Saturday in Hoover, Alabama. The Rebels came into Saturday off a Friday win over Auburn and advanced to the semis where they would face the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies came into the semifinals game off a win over Auburn. The match-up was the fourth meeting between the Rebels and the Aggies going back to the regular season weekend series which saw the Rebels take two games from A&M.

After 3 scoreless innings Saturday the Rebels jumped on the board first with 2 runs in the top of the 4th. The Rebels maintained the 2-0 lead thru the top of the 8th inning when A&M tried to rally back with 1 run in the bottom of the 8th. The Aggies couldn’t produce any further and the Rebels picked up the huge 2-1 win.

Of course, the win was huge for the Rebels who are headed into Championship Sunday to face the LSU Tigers for the SEC Tourney Championship. The Rebels took 2 of 3 from LSU during the regular season weekend series. For now we look at Saturday’s win by the numbers.

By The Numbers

Freshman lefty Jordan Fowler (7-0, 3.18) drew the start for the Rebels on the mound. Fowler went for 6.0 innings and allowed no earned runs on 6 hits. Fowler had 3 Ks and 1 BB. Sophomore right-hander Will Ethridge (3-1, 3.83, 3) entered in the 7th and went the rest of the way on the mound for the Rebels. Ethridge went for 3.0 innings and allowed no earned runs on 2 hits. Ethridge had 1 K and 1 BB.

At The Plate

In Saturdays match-up against solid Aggies pitching there were 6 Rebels who combined for 10 hits. Three Rebels had multiple hit games. Leading all Rebels was senior Will Golsan (.297, 4 HR) who went 3 for 4 at the plate with 1 RBI.

Junior Nick Fortes (.307, 11 HR) went 2 for 3 while junior Ryan Olenek (.365, 3 HR) went 2 for 4. Sophomores Grae Kessinger (.301, 7 HR) and Thomas Dillard (.313, 13 HR) both went 1 for 4 at the plate. Sophomore Cole Zabowski (.311, 9 HR) also went 1 for 4 at the plate with 1 RBI.

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No.4 Ole Miss baseball will be back in action Sunday afternoon as they face the LSU Tigers for the SEC Tourney Championship in Hoover. First pitch is set for 2pm CT and will be televised via ESPN. Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels! BEAT THE CORNDOGS! Hotty Toddy!