Rarely do you see a box score that reads 13 runs on eight hits, but that's what Ole Miss had last night in a 13-1 win over Jackson State.
It doesn't sound like much in the way of hits, but the Rebels weren't getting many pitches to hit. Seven Jackson State pitchers issued 13 walks and hit three batters.
Among those 13 walks, three were to Ole Miss freshman Sikes Orvis. He also had a basehit and was 1-for-2 officially.
Senior Zach Kirksey, often a DH, played in the outfield. He had a double and a home run and drove in five runs, the only Ole Miss player with more than one hit.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco called it a very “clean” game by the Rebels, who won their sixth straight. A number of players who had played very little or not at all got playing time against JSU.
The Tigers finished with six hits, five of them against freshman Josh Laxer, who went four innings with a predetermined pitch count. Bianco used five pitchers total. …
Another interesting baseball score last night was Southern Miss' 14-2 baseball win over Alabama. The Golden Eagles had a seven-run fourth, and a six-run fifth and had six players with multiple hits.
Alabama used seven pitchers.
These are typically NCAA tournament teams, but neither has gotten off to a very fast start. The win made Southern Miss just 6-3, Alabama dropped to 4-4.
It was a 14-1 game when Alabama scored in the ninth. The Tide had seven hits and committed three errors. …
Among SEC teams, only Kentucky (8-0) and South Carolina (7-0) have yet to lose. Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia each have one loss.
Vanderbilt is a surprising 1-7, though the competition has been stiff. The Commodores were swept at Stanford and at home against Oregon. They've lost four straight after dropping a 9-3 decision to La. Tech last night.
Mississippi State is 7-2. The first common opponent of the season for the Rebels and Bulldogs is Memphis. Ole Miss defeated Memphis 7-2 Tuesday night, and Memphis defeated MSU 7-6 last night. …