Right Field Review - Week 10

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The Rebel baseball team struggled in mid-week action last week, but swept the Tennessee Volunteers to continue a hot run in SEC play.

Last Week: 3-2

Overall: 29-12 (10-8)

Rankings
Baseball America: 18 (prev. 21)
USA Today Coaches Poll: 16 (prev. 17)
Perfect Game: 18 (prev. 20)

Results
April 15: at Memphis - L 4-0
April 16: Southern Miss (Pearl) - L 2-1
April 19-21: at Tennessee - W 5-0, W 6-4, W 4-3

MON Memphis 4, Ole Miss 0
It was an ugly outing for the Rebels against Memphis, who has now won three straight contests between the two teams. Auston Bousfield's 4-for-4 outing was the only highlight for an offense that managed only one hit outside the center fielder's performance. Brady Bramlett (3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R) cruised through the first three innings, but collapsed to give up four runs in the fourth and earn the loss.

TUES Southern Miss 2, Ole Miss 1
Bousfield (2-for-4) stayed hot in the Pearl, but got little help as the Rebels dropped another midweek contest. The teams entered the ninth inning tied at one, but a leadoff hit-by-pitch and sac bunt put a runner in scoring position for Memphis in the top of the frame. Aaron Greenwood (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R) would then surrender a two-out single that scored the run and gave the right-hander his first loss of the season.

FRI Ole Miss 5, Tennessee 0
It was an absolute gem from Bobby Wahl, who allowed only three hits and struck out eight in a complete game shutout of the Volunteers. The Rebel bats finally awoke from their week-long slumber as eight of nine starters had at least one hit, one of which was Stuart Turner's ninth-inning solo home run. Turner (3/5, 1 HR, 1 RBI) and Christian Helsel (3/3, 1 RBI) paced an offense that exploded for a 14-hit night. The five run margin could have been significantly larger, but three Rebel baserunners were thrown out at the plate in a tough night for third base coach Matt Mossberg Cliff Godwin.

SAT Ole Miss 6, Tennessee 4
Home runs from Will Jamison (2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Yes, you read that right) and Sikes Orvis (2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI) in consecutive innings capped a Rebel rally and clinched the weekend series. Jamison's first career homer tied the game at three in the top of the seventh inning, then Orvis sent a solo shot over the right field wall to give Ole Miss a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Jamison also belted an RBI triple in the fifth to set up a two-run inning that tied things up after the Rebels had fallen into an early 2-0 hole. RBI singles from Turner (2-for-5, 1 RBI) and Orvis added two insurance runs in the top of the eighth. Those runs would turn out to be invaluable, as Brett Huber (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R) was touched up for a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth. The Vols could muster nothing more, however, and Huber held on for the save. Mike Mayers, who once again managed to be tagged with a no-decision, allowed two earned runs on four hits through six innings of work.

SUN Ole Miss 4, Tennessee 3
Down 3-1 in the top of the ninth inning, the Rebels put together a 3-run rally to take the lead and complete their second straight weekend sweep. After a Turner (1-for-4) double led things off, an Andrew Mistone (1-for-2, 1 RBI) walk put two men on with no outs. Tennessee's pitcher then fielded a sac bunt and threw the ball away trying to put out Turner at third, bringing one run to the plate. A groundout would bring Mistone in for the tying run before a two-out single from Will Allen gave the Rebels the lead. Sam Smith gave up only one run through five innings, but Tanner Bailey allowed a run in the seventh to give the Vols a 2-1 lead. After putting a man on third with one out in the eighth, the Rebels were poised to tie the game, but a poor baserunning decision resulted in Tanner Mathis being thrown out at home on an infield single. Bailey would then give up a home run in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-1 and set the stage for the comeback.

SEC Standings

East
1. Vanderbilt 16-2 (35-6)
2. South Carolina........11-7 (31-10)
3. Florida.......................10-8 (22-19)
4. Kentucky...................7-11 (24-15)
5. Tennessee...............5-13 (17-21)
6. Missouri....................5-13 (13-22)
7. Georgia.....................4-14 (15-26)

West
1. LSU............................15-3 (37-4)
2. Arkansas...................11-7 (27-15)
3. Mississippi St...........10-8 (32-10)
4. Ole Miss....................10-8 (29-12)
5. Alabama....................9-9 (24-18)
6. Texas A&M................7-11 (22-19)
7. Auburn.......................6-12 (24-16)

Tweet of the Week
Apparently throwing a complete game shutout didn't keep Bobby Wahl from following the drama in Boston Friday night.

This Week
April 23: Arkansas State
April 25-27: Kentucky

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