Coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball were action this past weekend as they faced Tulane in the Rebels first road series of the season.
After rallying back to win their first game of the weekend road series against Tulane (6-2), Ole Miss baseball (4-2) faced the Green Wave in two more games. Game-two on Saturday was a wild one but the Rebels fell 12-13 to Tulane. In game-three Sunday the Rebels picked up the 6-3 win and the series against Tulane.
Tulane who was undefeated entering the series proved to be a very formidable opponent and gave the Rebels all they could handle over the three game series. While coach Mike Bianco may still have some questions about the Ole Miss pitching rotation there is no disputing the offensive production in the Rebels batting order. We will look at game-two and game-three by the numbers.
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At the plate in game-two there were 7 Rebels who combined for 10 hits. Leading all Rebels was junior Thomas Dillard who went 3 for 5 with 2 HRs and 8 RBI in the Saturday matchup. Senior Ryan Olenek went 2 for 4 while junior Grae Kessinger went 1 for 3 at the plate.
On the mound junior right-hander Houston Roth drew the start. Roth went for 2.2 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 8 hits. Roth had 1 K and 1 BB. Sophomore left-hander Jordan Fowler entered in the third and went for 1.2 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit. Fowler had 1 K and 2 BBs.
Sophomore right-hander Max Cioffi entered in the fifth and went for 1.2 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits. Cioffi had 2 Ks. Bianco went to the bullpen again and junior right-hander Tyler Myers took the hill. Myers went for 2.0 innings allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits. Myers had 3 Ks and 1 BB. Junior Parker Caracci entered in the ninth and went for 0.1 inning allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit. Caracci had 1 K and 1 BB. Caracci picked up the loss on the hill.
In Sundays 6-3 win over Tulane there were 5 Rebels who combined for 8 hits. Leading all rebels at the plate was sophomore Tyler Keenan who went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Also having a great game at the plate was sophomore Anthony Servideo who went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Junior Thomas Dillard and senior Ryan Olenek both went 1 for 4. Dillard had 1 RBI. Junior Grae Kessinger went 1 for 5 at the plate.
On the mound freshman right-hander Gunnar Hoglund drew the start for Bianco and the Rebels. Hoglund went for 4.0 innings allowing 1 earned run on 8 hits. Hoglund had 1 K. Junior right-hander Austin Miller entered in the fifth and went for 1.1 innings allowing 0 earned runs on 2 hits. Miller had 2 Ks. Senior right-hander Connor Green entered in the sixth and went for 1.1 innings allowing 0 earned runs on just 1 hit with 1 K.
Freshman left-hander Kaleb Hill finished out the seventh going 0.1 inning and allowing no hits. Hill had 1 K. Junior right-hander Tyler Myers entered in the eighth going for 1.0 inning and allowed no hits. Freshman left-hander Doug Nikhazy entered in the ninth and finished out the game. Nikhazy allowed and had 2 Ks to pick up the save. Green picked up the win.
Coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball will be back in action Tuesday as they face UT-Martin in Oxford. First pitch from Swayze Field is set for 4pm CT and can be viewed via SECN+. Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels.