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Former Ole Miss pitcher Chris Ellis earns first MLB win

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The last time Rebel fans saw pitcher Chris Ellis wear an Ole Miss uniform it was during a glorious College World Series run in 2014.

Now, the former Rebel is beginning to make some noise at the highest level of professional baseball. Ellis went four innings last night for the Tampa Bay Rays (73-47, 1st AL East) striking out seven and most importantly, earning his first big league win.

This is a long time coming for Ellis as he was drafted as a junior out of Ole Miss by the Angels and bounced around for several years. He made his MLB debut in 2019 with the Kansas City Royals only to be designated for assignment a few days later.

The Rays are a dominant squad this year, so Ellis may potentially get to enjoy more postseason success like what he experienced with Ole Miss in 2014. During his junior season, Ellis went 10-1 with a 2.16 ERA leading the Rebels from the mound as a solid Friday night guy.

It’s a great accomplishment for the right hander originally from Birmingham’s Spain Park High School, and the staff here at the Cup want to give a hearty tip of the hat to this Rebel for a milestone in his career. Hopefully it’s one W down and many more to come.