The Rebels scored five in the first and not much after. Pitching was OK but not what it has been, and Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco let his team know that in a lengthy outfield meeting after the game.
“We pitched just enough, hit just enough, defended just enough to win, but at the end of the day you’re trying to get better, and I didn’t think we played very well today,” Bianco said.
Ole Miss had 10 hits led by catcher Stuart Turner, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Auston Bousfield, Austin Anderson and Will Allen also had two-hit games.
Freshman Brady Bramlett started and went five innings for the win, giving up only one run in spite of five hits and four walks.
Junior college transfer Austin Blunt gave up a run out of the pen. Scott Weathersby, Aaron Greenwood and Tanner Bailey threw scoreless innings behind him, though Greenwood was unable to close the game in the top of the ninth, allowing two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Tanner Bailey faced the potential tying run with the bases loaded and fanned the only batter he faced to close it out.
The Rebels (13-1) have won six straight and face Lipscomb for three games this weekend, their final non-conference weekend series.