Reducing the number of walks was a key talking point for Mike Bianco after the Rebels’ 5-1 loss to Mississippi State Tuesday.
Bobby Wahl got off to a good start in that regard with no walks over the first two innings, which makes his five-walk total for a six-inning start a bit alarming. Wahl has walked 18 batters over his last five starts. It’s not mentioned a lot, but the blister Wahl was bothered by early in the SEC season hasn’t gone away. It’s gotten better then worse. It’s still a factor with him.
The bottom line with Wahl is that he often manages to pitch himself out of the jams he creates. That was the case tonight. Alabama had just one hit and no runs against him.
Strike-thrower Aaron Greenwood relieved Wahl to start the seventh and retired the first four batters he faced by hitting a batter with one out in the eighth. He finished the game, allowing just one hit and no runs in 3.0 innings for his second save.
Given recent struggles on offense, the four runs over the first three innings seemed like an explosion.
Ole Miss had just 12 doubles among its 86 SEC hits going into the game. The Rebels had three over the first two innings, two of them – from Stuart Turner and Tanner Mathis – drove in runs.
In the third Sikes Orvis had an RBI single, and the Rebels scored when Mistone touched home as Orvis was caught in a rundown between first and second.
Ole Miss finished with seven hits, four for extra-bases, two of those by Will Allen, who had a two-run home run in the eighth.