Ole Miss baseball used several arms in its next to last non-conference game of the season and beat Arkansas-Little Rock, 9-4, at Swayze Field on Wednesday.
Freshman phenom Jacob Gonzalez led the way offensively for the Rebels (34-14, 14-10 SEC) by going four of five from the dish including a three-run home run.
Austin Miller (1-1) notched his first win of the season as seven Rebel pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts in the lopsided victory. Josh Mallitz started the outing, completing two innings of work and striking out six before getting chased in the third.
There’s not much we can draw from a game like this. Ole Miss should win this game almost every time that its played and that’s exactly what happened.
More importantly is the seven games ahead for a Rebel squad who have been decimated by injuries to some of its highest profile players. Three games in Oxford against Vanderbilt, a final midweek showdown against UT-Martin and three final games versus Georgia in Athens are crucial to Ole Miss’ hosting chances.
A final run including four or five wins in the home stretch could mean more games in the friendly confines of Swayze Field. However, odds look somewhat long against a Commodore team who have looked dominant all season, and an Ole Miss team who couldn’t post a series win against a struggling Texas A&M team.
Keep updated at the Cup for a series preview dropping tomorrow with more in-depth analysis the boys will be buzzing about prior to first pitch.