Some baseball notes on a Monday morning …
From Knoxville, Tennessee coach Dave Serrano had called the Vols’ Sunday game against Ole Miss a “must win,” and it looked like the Vols were on track to do just that before the ninth inning tilted in Ole Miss’ favor.
A few other baseball notables from the weekend. Freshman Christian Helsel, who primarily has played first base and third base, started three games in place of Austin Anderson and responded by going 5-for-9 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored
Anderson’s hamstring, injured in last Sunday’s Game 3 win over Alabama, kept him out of most of the week, though he did start Sunday against the Vols.
At the time of his injury Anderson was batting .307, second on the team.
Helsel was 4-for-6 against the Vols including a double, an RBI and the game-winning run in the top of the ninth on Sunday.
Friday’s 5-0 Ole Miss win showed how dominant Bobby Wahl can be when he limits his walks. Even with the walks his ERA has been well under 2, which shows how difficult it’s been for teams to hit against him.
The blister has been a problem this season, and that’s played into some of the walks. Against the Vols he pitched a complete game with just three hits, eight strikeouts and only two walks.
Wahl is Ole Miss’ nominee for SEC pitcher of the week, Helsel the nominee for freshman of the week.
The Rebels are at Arkansas State Tuesday night at 6:30. They defeated the Red Wolves 10-4 in Oxford on March 27. Arkansas State is 22-18 overall, 8-10 in the Sun Belt.
Ole Miss has the Thursday-Saturday series with Kentucky at home this week. The Thursday night game will be televised by ESPNU, the Saturday game by Fox Sports Net. The Thursday and Friday games begin at 6:30, Saturday at 2:15.