No.10 Ole Miss baseball was back in action this weekend and picked up their first sweep of the 2019 college baseball season against Long Beach State.
Coach Mike Bianco and No.10 Ole Miss baseball (8-2) were back in action over the weekend as they hosted the Long Beach State Dirtbags (0-10) in a three-game series. The Rebels entered the series coming off a 12-6 win over UT-Martin and were looking to stay in the win column.
The series began Friday and was supposed to run thru Sunday but due to inclement weather predicted the Rebels were forced to play a double-header on Saturday. Of course, the Rebels picked up the three-game sweep over the Dirtbags. OHT looks at the series by the numbers.
Game 1, 7-2 W
Ole Miss Rebels
In the first win of the series there were 6 Rebels who combined for 9 hits with 3 Rebels recording multiple hit games. Junior Thomas Dillard and senior Jacob Adams both went 2 for 3 at the plate. Dillard had 1 RBI and Adams had 2 RBI. Junior Grae Kessinger went 2 for 5 with 1 RBI in the game. Junior Cooper Johnson and senior Chase Cockrell both went 1 for 3 at the plate each with 1 RBI. Senior Ryan Olenek went 1 for 5.
On the mound junior right-hander Will Ethridge drew the Friday start for the Rebels. Ethridge went for 3.0 innings and allowed 0 earned runs on just 2 hits. Ethridge had 2 Ks. Junior right-hander Houston Roth entered in the fourth and went for 2.0 innings on the hill. Roth allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits with 3 Ks and 1 BB. Junior right-hander Austin Miller entered in the sixth and went for 4.0 innings finishing out the game. Miller allowed 1 hit and had 3 Ks to get the save.
Game 2, 7-6 W
In the Rebels second win of the series there were 8 Rebels who combined for 11 hits with 2 Rebels securing multiple hit games. Leading all Rebels at the plate was senior Ryan Olenek who went 3 for 5. Junior Cole Zabowski went 2 for 4 at the plate. Sophomores Anthony Servideo and Tim Elko both went 1 for 2 with Servideo recording 1 RBI. Junior Cooper Johnson went 1 for 3 while senior Chase Cockrell went 1 for 4. Sophomore Tyler Keenan and junior Thomas Dillard each went 1 for 5 with Dillard securing a walk-off HR to win the game.
On the mound junior Zack Phillips drew the start. Phillips went for 5.0 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits. Phillips had 5 Ks and 2 BB. Senior right-hander Connor Green entered in the sixth and went for 2.0 innings allowing 0 hits. Green had 2 Ks. Junior right-hand closer Parker Caracci entered in the 8th and allowed 3 earned runs on 0 hits. Caracci had 3 BB. Freshman left-hander Doug Nikhazy entered in the 8th and finished out the night on the mound. Nikhazy went for 1.2 innings and picked up the win. Nikhazy allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits with 2 BB.
Game 3, 5-3 W
In the Rebels final win of the weekend there were 8 Rebels who combined for 10 hits with 2 Rebels having multiple hit games. Junior Cooper Johnson and senior Ryan Olenek both went 2 for 3 at the plate. Sophomore Tyler Keenan went 1 for 3 while sophomore Anthony Servideo and senior Thomas Dillard went 1 for 4. All three players each recorded 1 RBI in the game. Junior Cole Zabowski also went 1 for 4 while junior Grae Kessinger went 1 for 5 at the plate. Freshman Justin Bench with his first Rebels hit went 1 for 1 with 2 RBI.
On the mound freshman Gunnar Hoglund drew the start for Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball. Hoglund went for 5.0 innings allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits. Hoglund had 3 Ks. Junior right-hander Tyler Myers entered in the sixth and went for 2.0 innings. Myers allowed 2 earned runs on 2 hits while recording 2 Ks on the hill. Junior Taylor Broadway entered in the seventh and finished out the game for the Rebels going 3.0 innings allowing 1 hit with 1 K.
Coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball will be back in action Tuesday evening as they host Little Rock in Oxford at Swayze Field. First pitch is set for 3pm CT and the game will be televised via SECN+. Good luck to coach Bianco and the Rebels! Hotty Toddy!