Travel day for baseball

Ole Miss faces Tennessee in Knoxville this weekend.

The Rebels are traveling up by bus this morning but will fly back after Sunday’s game. Game times in Knoxville are 5 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Some have looked at this point in the Ole Miss schedule as a favorable swing, a time the Rebels might be able to make up some ground.

True, Tennessee is not Vanderbilt, and LSU appears on the schedule later, but the way the Rebels have played offensively of late, it doesn’t take much to create a problem.

Eight times in the last 15 games the Rebels have either scored one run or been shut out. That includes two non-conference games this week where they scored one run over 18 innings in a 4-0 loss to Memphis and a 2-1 loss to Southern Miss.

Those games were also the last two in a stretch of five games over five days.

“Obviously we were disappointed int he midweek games, but we got our legs back yesterday,” said relief pitcher Hawtin Buchanan who had a solid appearance against Southern Miss.

Tennessee is only 17-18 overall, 5-10 in the conference, but two of those wins came in a series win at Kentucky last week, and the Vols extended their win streak to three with a 5-4 neutral site win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

Senior right-hander Zack Godley was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week after a complete-game shutout against Kentucky. He also blanked Missouri over nine innings earlier this season. Ole Miss will see him on Sunday.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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