Right Field Review - Week 7

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

The Rebel baseball team had another tough week, dropping its second straight SEC series of the season to the Florida Gators in Gainesville.

I apologize for letting a hectic week at work prevent me from getting a review up last week. You didn't miss much though. We lost two of three to A&M. It sucked. Unfortunately, the news doesn't get any better.

Last Week: 2-2

Overall: 23-6 (4-5)

Baseball America: 17 (prev. 11)
Perfect Game: 16 (prev. 12)
USA Today: 16 (prev. 11)

March 27: vs Arkansas State - W 10-4
March 29-31: at Florida - W 4-3 (11), L 7-0, L 4-0

WED Ole Miss 10, Arkansas State 4
It was shaky for the Rebels much of the game, but a late surge resulted in a comfortable win Wednesday night. Ole Miss took an early lead in the first after a Stuart Turner sac fly scored Tanner Mathis. Arkansas State scored two in the second, but the Rebels answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to tie it up at 2-2. The Red Wolves took a two run lead in the sixth, but a big inning in the seventh made it 7-4. Three Rebel runs in the eight would lead to the final score. Austin Anderson (2/4, 3 RBI) and Sikes Orvis (3/4, 1 RBI) had big days at the plate, and Brady Bramlett (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief.

FRI Ole Miss 4, Florida 3 (11 innings)
The weekend started off great for the Rebels, who used a late mistake by the Gators to pull out an extra-innings thriller. With the score knotted at 3, native Floridian Will Allen (2/5) started the top of the 11th with a lead-off double and was replaced by pinch-runner Lance Wilson. Florida's pitcher attempted to throw Wilson out at third after Will Jamison laid down a sac bunt, but an errant throw allowed Wilson to come around for the winning run. Mathis (1/4) scored on a sac fly in the first and Jamison went second to home on a wild pitch in the fourth to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. The Gators answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth, but Ole Miss moved back in front in the fifth after a sac fly made it 3-2. Bobby Wahl (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R) only recorded one strikeout but still delivered a solid outing before being replaced by Tanner Bailey in the eight inning following a one-out double. Florida evened things as three after Bailey could not keep the run from scoring and the stage was set for extra-inning action. Aaron Greenwood (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R) worked a scoreless ninth and tenth to earn the win and Brett Huber (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R) entered in the bottom of the 11th to pick up the save.

SAT Florida 7, Ole Miss 0
Ole Miss was held scoreless for the first time this season as Florida rolled to the easy victory. The game was decided in the sixth inning after the Rebels failed to capitalize on a momentum-changing opportunity. After a pitch over the head of Mathis led to a heated exchange between dugouts, Florida pitcher Jonathon Crawford, who had allowed only two base runners up until that point, surrendered a walk, single and walk to load the bases with two outs. Stuart Turner (0/4, 2 SO) struck out to end the threat, however, and the Gators went on the plate three runs in the bottom of the frame and put the game out of reach. Florida built an initial three-run lead in the second using a trio of weakly hit infield singles and a double down the right field line. Mike Mayers (5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER) took the loss for the Rebels and fell to 0-3 in SEC play.

SUN Florida 4, Ole Miss 0
Defensive mistakes and another hapless day at the plate doomed the Rebels, who managed only four hits en route to dropping the series clincher. After recording the first two outs in the first inning, consecutive errors by Andrew Mistone and Anderson preceded a wild pitch from Chris Ellis (2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB) that allowed the Gators to take an early 1-0 lead. The Rebels escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the second, only to allow another unearned run and a two-run homer in the third to make the score 4-0. Ole Miss had a chance to make some noise in the eight after a ground-rule double from Anderson put men at second and third with one out, but an Austin Bousfield (1/3) flyout and a Turner (1/4) strikeout ended the threat.

Numbers Game
- Stuart Turner had his worst series as a Rebel against the Gators, going 1/14 with no RBI and 4 strikeouts on the weekend.
- In the 18 innings spanning through Saturday and Sunday, Ole Miss managed only six hits and scored zero runs. They committed five errors during that same stretch.
- While the Rebels rank fifth in the SEC in overall batting average, they stand second-to-last in conference-only batting average. In fact, Ole Miss is now ranked in the bottom three in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, and RBI in conference play.

Conference standings
Season stats

This Week:
April 2: at Memphis
April 5-7: vs Vanderbilt

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