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Right Field Review - Week 5

While the basketball team was busy winning the SEC Tournament, the Diamond Rebs were making some news of their own, scratching out a tough road series win in Fayetteville.


Last week: 4-1

Overall: 20-2 (2-1 SEC)

Baseball America: 6 (6 prev.)
USA Today Coaches Poll: TBA
Perfect Game: 8 (8 prev.)

March 12-13: at Louisiana-Monroe - W 10-4, W 8-3
March 15-17: at #11 Arkansas - W 7-1, L 10-1, W 6-4

TUES - Ole Miss 10, Louisiana-Monroe 4
Austin Anderson (2/3, 3 RBI) and Preston Overbey (2/5, 3 RBI) combined for six RBI as the Rebels took game one of the midweek series. A three-run fourth inning put Ole Miss up 5-0 and they never looked back, putting up a three-spot again in the sixth before adding two more in the ninth. Josh Laxer earned the win after throwing 6.1 innings with three hits and three runs.

WED - Ole Miss 8, Louisiana-Monroe 3
A two-out double from Jake Overbey (1/1, 2 RBI) in the eighth inning scored two and secured the victory for Ole Miss in their final tune-up before conference play. After ULM took an early 2-0 lead, a Sikes Orvis (2/5, 2 RBI) two-RBI single in the top of the second evened things up and an Andrew Mistone (2/5, 2 RBI) double put the Rebels on top in the third. They would take a one-run lead into the eighth before Overbey's liner to right center extended the margin.

FRI - Ole Miss 7, Arkansas 1
Ole Miss made it look easy in the conference opener, using a second inning Preston Overbey (2/4, 4 RBI, 1 HR) grand slam to power past the Hogs and record the best start in program history. After Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Rebels responded in the top of the next frame by loading the bases with two singles and a walk. With two outs, Preston Overbey sent one over the left field wall to make it 4-1. The Rebels plated three more in the fifth, helped in part by a solo shot from Orvis (1/4, 1 RBI, 1 HR), his first homer of the year. After allowing three hits and two walks in the first two innings, Bobby Wahl (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R) settled down in the third, surrendering just one hit over the next four innings to improve to 5-0.

SAT - Arkansas 10, Ole Miss 1
After being humbled in the series opener, the Razorbacks returned the favor in front of raucous crowd on Saturday. Mike Mayers had his worst outing of 2013, giving up seven runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings and failing to help his own cause with several fielding miscues. Arkansas used another first-inning score and two more in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Sikes Orvis (1/4, 1 RBI) cut the deficit to two in the third with an RBI-single, but the Hogs used a Mayers throwing error in the fifth to add two more and put the game out of reach.

SUN - Ole Miss 6, Arkansas 4 (13 innings)
Tanner Bailey (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R) pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in relief as the Rebels outlasted the Razorbacks in a 13-inning thriller to take the series rubber match. Ole Miss entered the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead, but after Aaron Greenwood (1 IP, 2 H, 3 R) loaded the bases with no outs Bailey could not prevent the damage and the Hogs pushed three men across to take a one-run lead. The Rebels answered by loading the bases in the next inning, and a walk knotted the game at four. A leaping grab by the Arkansas shortstop robbed Auston Bousfield of a single, however, and got the Hogs out of the inning. Ole Miss had men in scoring position twice in extra-innings, but clutch defensive plays, including a double-play to escape a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 12th, kept Arkansas alive. Ole Miss finally broke through in the top of the 13th, when Bousfield went second-to-home after an errant throw to first by the pitcher, and a Stuart Turner (1/5, 2 RBI) sac-fly pushed the lead to two. Bailey was finally relived in the 12th by Brett Huber, who recorded the save.

Conference standings
Season stats

Past the Foul Pole
- Former Hog and current New England Patriot Ryan "I'm-the-one-that-can-throw-the-ball-faster-than-fuck" Mallet was enjoying the offseason in Fayetteville over the weekend, where, for some reason or another, he insisted on buying shots for whatever Ole Miss fans he came across on Dickson Street. As Operation_Masoli_Freedom pointed out, when we meet NFL quarterbacks at the bar in Oxford, they're usually wearing multiple Super Bowl rings.

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This Week:
March 22-24: vs. Texas A&M