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Final: Ole Miss 11 Arky State 5

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Ole Miss scored a very efficient 11 runs on only nine hits on their way to beating Arkansas State Tuesday night.

Drew Pomeranz and Phillip Irwin combined for 6 innings only giving up 2 runs in the victory.

Jeremy Travis hit a three run home run that got the Rebels ahead 6-2, and the Indians didn't mount a rally until late in the game against Nathan Baker.

Jordan Henry didn't start tonight as Taylor Hashman took over in LF. Henry struggled early last year, but after being benched in the middle of the season, he got hot through the SEC tournament. Before Tuesday, Henry was batting an anemic .211 but was sporting a .464 on base percentage. Hashman was batting .333 with a .538 OBP. I don't know if we'll have some sort of platoon OF now, but Bianco could be trying out players in other positions as Travis is a big bat with a mediocre arm.

We should've won by this margin and we did, must like last week's wins against Central Arkansas with 10-2 and 11-3 decisions. The Rebels have now scored 10 or more runs in five of their seven games. Unfortunately, they're 3-2 when scoring 10 or more runs, which means obviously that our pitching can't stop the bleeding or Mike Bianco is too stubborn to change a pitching plan mid-game.

Next up, we've got the Vermont Catamounts for a weekend series then Austin Peay in a two game mid-week series.

In my opinion, we need to win all of these games to get back on track and meet the expectations of the fan base. Ripping off five wins here in preparation for conference play would put our team at 9-3 with 12 non-conference games and 30 conference games to play. There doesn't seem to be any plan to make up the two games canceled with TCU, so we've got 54 games for the year now.

We'll have a preview of the Vermont series on Friday once we know who the weekend starters will be, but seriously, Mike Bianco probably won't make any changes. This team needs to get on a roll and build up some confidence after a rocky start.