Right Field Review - Week 8

The Rebels might not have won this weekend, but America did.

The slide continues for the Ole Miss baseball team, who get swept by a very strong Vandy club.

Last Week: 0-3

Overall: 23-9 (4-8)

Baseball America: 23 (prev. 17)
USA Today Coaches Poll: 18 (prev. 16)
Perfect Game: 21 (prev. 16)

April 2: at Memphis - Postponed (Weather)
April 5-7: vs #2 Vanderbilt - L 3-1, L 2-1, L 7-6 (11)

FRI Vanderbilt 3, Ole Miss 1
The Rebel bats once again failed to support strong solid pitching and Vanderbilt pushed across two late runs to take a tight contest. Bobby Wahl was strong in 6.2 innings of work, allowing only five hits and fanning eighth. He was relieved in the seventh after loading the bases with two outs, but Tanner Bailey forced a monster groundout to end the threat. The success was short lived, however, as Vandy scored on a sac fly in the eight to break the 1-1 tie and again on a two-out single in the ninth to make it 3-1. Ole Miss blew a 1-0 in the fifth inning with a comedy of errors consisting of a walk, errant pickoff attempt, passed ball and walk to put runners on the corners. The Rebel defense then allowed the lead runner to score when they became distracted by a rundown by the man on first, who managed to reach safely back to his bag after Lance Wilson failed to rotate into the play.

SAT Vanderbilt 2, Ole Miss 1
Mike Mayers surrendered only one earned run through 4.2 innings but was stuck with yet another loss after his offense mustered only one run on four hits. The Commodores pushed a run across in the third with three singles, and then took advantage of a fielding error by Will Jamison to take a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Chris Ellis (1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R) and Aaron Greenwood (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) then combined to hold Vanderbilt scoreless through the remaining 4.1 innings. Ole Miss’ only run came in the bottom of the sixth when Sikes Orvis (2/2, 1 RBI) became the only Rebel to record multiple hits on the day with a single to bring in Austin Anderson (1/2).

SUN Vanderbilt 7, Ole Miss 6 (11 innings)
The Rebel offense finally got going, but failed to capitalize on a ninth inning comeback as they fell in extras. Down 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, back-to-back singles from Stuart Turner (4/5, 1 RBI) and Andrew Mistone (1/4, 1 RBI) put men on the corners before a groundout brought Turner home. Three batters later found the bases loaded with two outs, and the tying run came home after a pitch hit Tanner Mathis (0/1, 1 RBI, 3 BB). With the bases still loaded, Anderson grounded out as the Rebels failed to deliver the walk-off. After a scoreless tenth, a leadoff double in the eleventh put Vandy in business. Following a wild pitch by Brett Huber (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R), Turner’s attempt to throw out the advancing runner at third went into left field and allowed the winning run.

Past the Foul Pole

- One young man quickly became a right field legend Saturday. After chugging some incalculable number of canned refreshment to public chants of "One more beer!" he then launched into a spirited and humorous attempt at dizzy bat. His drunken escapades drew the attention of security, which, after a prolonged standoff with a vehemently hostile student section, managed to escort him out. The shirtless hero left to chants of his name, while the security guards were followed out with boos, profanity, and, at least in one instance, a very well-thrown and very full can of Natty.
- Some students thought it a clever idea to throw a plastic ball full of beer to Boz instead of the baseball. The underthrown projectile exploded on contact and narrowly missed drenching the very displeased center fielder.
- A modified version of "throw it in the dirt" was a big hit Sunday afternoon, as chants of "Paige is a slut! Slut!" paid homage to the right fielder's girlfriend. Mike took it in stride, finally acknowledging the student section haters with an appreciative wave after three days of abuse.

Conference standings
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Next Week
April 9: Mississippi State (Pearl, MS)
April 12-14: vs Alabama

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