Last Week: 2-2
Overall: 31-14 (11-10)
TUES Ole Miss 11, Arkansas State 1
The Rebels jumped out to an early 5-run lead in the top of the first and put it on cruise control from there on. Josh Laxer gave up one run through four innings and Brady Bramlett picked up the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Both Stuart Turner (1-for-4, 2 RBI) and Auston Bousfield (2-for-4) recorded multiple-RBIs in the win.
THURS Kentucky 3, Ole Miss 2
A seventh inning rally gave Ole Miss a brief lead Thursday night, but an answer by Kentucky in following frame downed the Rebels in the nationally televised opening game. After being held scoreless through the first six innings, Ole Miss used a sac fly and an infield single from Tanner Mathis (1-for-5, 1 RBI) to take a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Bobby Wahl got off to a rough start, allowing a first inning home run and a myriad of scoring opportunities for the Wildcats, but settled down to finish with one run on four hits through 7 innings. Entering the top of the eighth, Mike Bianco opted to relieve Wahl, who, despite a pitch count in the mid-90s, had retired ten of the last eleven batters he had faced. Aaron Greenwood (0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R) promptly loaded the bases with no outs before being replaced by Matt Denny (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R). Denny recorded three straight outs in a spectacular job of minimizing, but couldn't prevent Kentucky from scoring the tying and winning runs.
FRI Ole Miss 11, Kentucky 5
The Rebel offense was rolling Friday, jumping out to four-run first inning lead and never relinquishing it. Things got shaky in the second when a series of almost comical errors allowed Kentucky to score three runs on only one hit to pull within a run, but a Stuart Turner (2-for-3, 2 RBIs, 1 HR) two-run homer put the game in hand for good in the third. Andrew Mistone (3-for-4) had a huge night, bringing in five RBIs and finishing a home run short of the cycle. Mike Mayers (6.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER) finally received the necessary run support to pick up his long overdue first SEC win.
SAT Kentucky 5, Ole Miss 4
Trailing 5-3 with two men on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, a ball of the bat of Sikes Orvis died on the warning track as the Rebels went on to come up just short of a last inning rally. A two-run shot into the left field bullpen from Austin Anderson (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, 1 HR) had given Ole Miss a 3-2 lead in the fifth, but Greenwood (2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R) allowed an answering solo shot in the seventh to tie the game at three. Things got ugly in the following inning when Kentucky got two men aboard with no outs. A bunt attempt was then rolled right to Tanner Bailey (0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R), who's throw to third had the lead runner beat but sailed into left field and allowed the runner to score. Kentucky would go on to plate another run and take the 5-3 lead. Turner (1-for-3, 1 RBI) led things off in the ninth with a single to right, and a clutch double from Holt Perdzock put runners at second and third with one out and Orvis at the plate. Orvis's fly ball would score Turner from third to make it 5-4, but Will Allen stranded the tying run at second and ended the game when he watched a called third strike right down the middle.
1. Vanderbilt.................19-2 (39-6)
2. South Carolina........13-8 (33-12)
3. Florida.......................12-9 (25-20)
4. Kentucky....................9-12 (26-17)
5. Missouri......................7-14 (15-24)
6. Tennessee.................6-15 (18-24)
7. Georgia......................4-16 (16-28)
1. LSU............................16-5 (39-6)
2. Arkansas...................13-7 (29-15)
3. Alabama....................11-9 (27-18)
4. Ole Miss.....................11-10 (31-14)
5. Mississippi State......10-11 (33-13)
6. Texas A&M................7-13 (22-22)
7. Auburn.......................7-14 (9-25)
Past the Foul Pole
- Andy Kennedy took the mound for Thursday's first pitch, which was short-hopped a foot in front of the plate. Afterwards, he joined the ESPN U commentators in the booth for a discussion littered with hilarity. Among the more priceless gems was "I had two goals when I went out there: keep the ball clean and keep my shoes clean." He later added "After being up on that mound, now I know how Murphy Holloway feels at the free throw line."
- Kentucky's outfielder, Kyle, provided right field haters with perhaps their best ammunition of the season. Not only is his mom a smokin' hot MILF who rides motorcycles, but his 21-year-old sister, Cass, has a five-year-old child. You do the math.
May 1: vs St. Louis
May 3-5: at Auburn