Ole Miss had been short on power in SEC play but got a boost from Will Allen last night.
The Rebels didn’t pound the cover off the ball with volume hits. They only had seven, but four went for extra bases, two from Allen, including his mammoth home run in the eighth that cleared the Ole Miss bullpen in left field.
The Rebels did most of their damage against starter Charley Sullivan and Keaton Haack, the third Alabama pitcher. It was the job of left-hander Taylor Guilbeau to keep Alabama close, and he did just that. Guilbeau allowed one hit, and didn’t allow a run until Stuart Turner scored ahead of Allen’s home run off Haack. Allen was the first batter Haack faced. Guilbeau had walked Turner earlier in the inning.
Guilbeau pitched 4.2 innings of relief and could be spent for the weekend.
Game 2 is at 4 p.m. today. Ole Miss has the chance to win an SEC series for the first time since taking two at Arkansas on opening weekend.