It’s an SEC sweep for Ole Miss, off-setting — at least mentally — the three games they lost at home to Vanderbilt last weekend. It puts Ole Miss 7-8 at the mid-way point of SEC play. Stephen Head, now the director of baseball operations, reminded Mike Bianco that the 2005 team was 7-8 after 15 SEC games. That was the team that lost to eventual national champion Texas in the super regional here.
Personally, I don’t think this is that kind of Ole Miss team, but lots of teams have made a run from 7-8 at the mid-way point.
Today, the Rebels overcame a baserunning blunder in the eighth when Auston Bousfield was picked off at second base.
Bousfield would have been the game-winning run then. It was Holt Perdzock behind him who touched home on Andrew Mistone’s clutch 2-out basehit. That made it 3-3.
The Rebels got it done in the 11th when they worked themselves into a bases-loaded, no -out situation against Alabama reliever Ray Castillo.
Sikes Orvis led off with a hit through the right side, and Lance Wilson — a Tuscaloosa native — went in to run for him. Cameron Dishon followed with a bunt single, and Preston Overbey drew a walk.
Wilson touched home easily when Tanner Matthis — whose struggles have been well documented — singled over a drawn-in outfield.
Wilson wasn’t the only Alabama native to have success against the Tide. Ole Miss really needs to get Chris Ellis rolling to add depth to this pitching staff. Ellis went 2.1 innings today, gave up three hits and one earned run. He got a huge out in the fifth when he relieved Sam Smith with runners at second and third and two outs. Ellis coerced a pop-up to get out of the jam.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco used seven pitchers, mixing and matching, and got good work out of several guys. Scott Weathersby went 1.2 innings and gave up only one hit, no runs.
Left-hander Jeremy Massie got a nice situational out against a lefty batter, as did Matt Denny.
It was good to see Mathis get two hits. Maybe he’s turning a corner. That would be good news.
Some bad news. Shortstop Austin Anderson tweaked a hamstring in the first inning and was pulled in the top of the second when Bianco didn’t like how he was moving around. Don’t expect Anderson to play tomorrow night at Memphis. Maybe he’ll be good to go for a trip to Tennessee this weekend. They need him. He’s the second-leading hitter on the team, and he’s had some clutch at-bats this season.