Drew Pomeranz found whatever was missing from last outing, and he pitched a complete game in Gainsville tonight. The bats were also alive as the Rebels cruised to a 6-2 victory....
The Rebel pitching flexed its muscle tonight, and the Ole Miss defense has quietly become amazing as it did not committ an error. Pomeranz allowed two ER on four hits with four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts. He improved to 4-1 on the season while Florida's Jeff Barfield got his first loss of the year to fall to 2-1.
The Rebel offense got it started in the first with a henry walk and steal. Power then walked, but Snyder struck out. Then, Matt Smith got the first of his two doubles on the night which scored both Henry and Power. Smith advanced to third on a Miller groundout, and Hubbard singled to bring him home.
The Gators got a run in the bottom of the second. With two outs in the top of the third, Matt Smith reached on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then scored on a single from Miller to grow the Rebel lead to 4-1.
Florida got their last run in the fourth. The Rebels answered in the top of the fifth when a Matt Smith double scored Power who had doubled earlier in the inning.
A Henson leadoff homer in the top of the eigth gave the Rebels their final margin of victory at 6-2.
Matt Smith is easily the offensive MVP as he went 2 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs, and Pomeranz's complete game earns him the devensive MVP honors.
Since we didn't have a preview, here's what I've put together for Saturday and Sunday:
On Saturday, Philip Irwin will take the mound for Ole Miss, and he recently blogged about the week on OleMissSports.com. He sports a 4.24 ERA and 3-2 record in SEC play. Irwin will face Florida's Stephen Locke who sports a 1-0 record and 2.60 ERA.
On Sunday, Scott Bittle (1.44 ERA, 2-1) will face TBA. I feel confident in Scott's ability to conquer the unknown.
Florida is hot, hot, hot as they have won 9 of their last 12 SEC games. Their pitching staff leads the SEC in ERA, and our beloved Rebels are second in ERA. Who knows what Saturday and Sunday will bring.
For good fun, here is a David Brandt story about Jordan Henry's Kleptomania.