Tulane hopped out to an early 1-0 lead against Ole Miss in Oxford on Friday evening on the strength of a one-run blast to left from the Green Waves’ Matt Rowland. Ole Miss quickly answered in the bottom of the frame with some help from a throwing error by Tulane’s catcher and the Diamond Rebs currently lead, 2-1.
We say “currently” because the game was called and postponed in the fifth inning due to rain in north-central Mississippi, and proceedings will continue on Saturday at noon CT. This then will constitute the season’s first double-header, with Game 2 of the weekend tilt scheduled for 45 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.
The Rebels’ Friday ace Ryan Rolison continued his dominant start to the season, striking out nine batters in just five innings of work, which brings his season total to 21 Ks over 10 innings. No wonder he earned the SEC’s pitcher of the week honors after the season’s opening showcase.
Rolison likely won’t throw on Saturday to shore up what he started on Friday, and so those duties will be handled by someone in Ole Miss’ pen. Brady Feigl is slated to hurl in the afternoon slot, and James McArthur will go on Sunday.
The 2018 college baseball season has officially arrived in Oxford, with this totally disruptive and hilarious weather delay. Welcome back.