Help from different directions

When an offense is struggling its takes contributions from a number of different areas to make the wheels turn. That’s what happened for Ole Miss at Tennessee.

Will Jamison and Sikes Orvis were huge in Saturday’s 6-4 win, both with home runs, Jamison also with a triple. Orvis also had a second run-scoring hit. Both were 2-for-5 in the game, this from guys hitting .254 (Orvis) and .233 right now.

Here’s what Jamison had to say about the weekend:

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Orvis and Jamison weren’t the only “different” guys to come up big in Knoxville.

Freshman Christian Helsel, getting a couple of starts at shortstop in place of Austin Anderson, was 4-for-6 on the weekend. He also got down a key bunt in the Rebels’ three-run ninth inning in a 4-3 come-from-behind win on Sunday.

Helsel, the son of a coach, says his dad’s advice this season has been simply to work hard, stay focused and be ready when his time came. It came at Tennessee, and Helsel appeared ready.

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Ole Miss goes into the week hitting .272 in all games, seventh in the league, .237 in SEC games, tied with Georgia for last in the league.

The SEC batting average, however, is up from .216 going into the Alabama series.

Since that .216 average Ole Miss has swept twice and won six straight.

It’s a Thursday-Saturday series this weekend as Kentucky visits. Games 1 and 2 begin at 6:30, Game 3 at 2:15.

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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