Coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball were back in action Friday as they travelled to face Tulane in a three-game weekend series.
Coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball (3-1) are in New Orleans to face Tulane (5-1) in a three-game weekend series. Ole Miss entered the series coming off a huge 15-3 midweek blowout over Arkansas State and were hoping for a strong start against the Green Wave. We knew Tulane had a very good team and wouldn’t make it easy for the Rebels.
The Rebels got on the board first with 1 run in the top of the first and added 1 run in the top of the second to take the 2-0 lead into the third. Tulane scored 2 runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 2-2. Tulane added 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the 4-2 lead. Ole Miss added 2 runs in the top of the sixth and 2 runs in the top of the seventh to get the 6-4 win in the first game of the series.
At The Plate
Ole Miss Rebels
Against good Tulane pitching there were 6 Rebels who combined for 6 hits. Seniors Ryan Olenek and Jacob Adams each went 1 for 3 with Olenek knocking in 1 RBI. Senior Chase Cockrell also went 1 for 3 while junior Thomas Dillard went 1 for 4 at the plate with 1 RBI. Sophomore Cole Zabowski and junior Grae Kessinger each went 1 for 5 at the plate. Zabowski had 2 RBI with 1 HR while Kessinger had 1 RBI with 1 HR in the game.
On The Mound
JUCO transfer Zack Phillips drew the game-one start for Bianco and the Rebels. Phillips went for 4.1 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits. Phillips had 4 Ks and 3 BB. Coach Mike Bianco went to the bullpen in the 5th and junior right-hander Austin Miller entered. Miller went for 1.2 innings allowing 0 earned runs on 2 hits.
Freshman left-hander Doug Nikhazy entered in the seventh and went for 1.1 innings allowing 0 earned runs on 2 hits. Nikhazy had 3 Ks. Redshirt junior Parker Caracci entered in the 8th and finished out the night on the mound for the Rebels. Caracci pitched 1.2 innings allowing 0 earned runs on 2 hits. Caracci had 2 Ks and 1 BB. Miller (1-0) picked up the win while Caracci earned his first save of the season.
We watched the Rebels rally from behind to get the win. The Ole Miss lineup is loaded with great hitters and when they produce at the plate the Rebels are very good. On the mound we’ve seen some early season issues but Mike Bianco’s bullpen has looked remarkably good through four games. The more experience the Rebels staff gets will help them further into the season.
Due to bad weather in the New Orleans area game-two of the Ole Miss/ Tulane has been moved up. First pitch is set for 1pm CT and the game can be viewed via Tulane All-Access Video. Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!