A good bounce back day for the Rebels, who put up 13 hits, led by Andrew Mistone who missed the cycle by a home run and drove in five runs.
The Rebels got off to a fast start with four runs in the first against Kentucky’s Jerad Grundy. In a top of the second that really had the look of middle school ball, not the SEC, Kentucky nearly tied the game.
The Rebels were a different team after Mike Bianco’s mound visit, but Bianco and players say that was more about strategy than any kind of fiery emotion.
“You think I chewed their rear ends, don’t you? I probably felt like it but didn’t,” the Ole Miss coach said.
Big night for Mike Mayers and lots of runs to go along with it. Ole Miss had averaged 2.3 runs in Mayers’ first six SEC starts. Mayers contributed to Kentucky’s top of the second by allowing the first two batters to reach with a walk and a basehit. He was dominant after that, finishing a six-inning stint with only one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts.
Mistone’s triple came in a three-run sixth. It was a deep fly ball hit in just the right spot, a tough play that could have been caught, but Mistone hustled around to third.
Stuart Turner had two hits, one of them a two-run home run, and Lance Wilson, who began the night hitting .100, went 3-for-4.
Game 3 is tomorrow at 2:15 weather permitting. The game cannot be moved to an earlier time, because of TV. The teams can play all night on Saturday, but they can’t play on Sunday, SEC rules say.
RF Kyle Barrett L .352
CF Austin Cousino L .269
1B A.J. Reed L . 312
2B J.T. Riddle L .288
LF Zac Zellers R .246
DH Paul McConkey L .227
3B Max Kuhn R .245
SS Matt Reida L .226
C Greg Fettes R .344
LHP Jerad Grundy 5-4, 4.43
LF Mathis .234
SS Anderson .290
CF Bousfield .292
C Turner .371
3B Mistone .280
1B Overbey .281
2B Helsel .250
DH Allen .248
RF Wilson .100
RHP Mike Mayers 2-4, 2.98
A few hours ago there were lightning strikes and light rain around Oxford. It didn’t last long.
The tarp has been pulled back — as you can see in this video:
Now the sun is out for the remainder of the afternoon. The real threat of rain is tomorrow.
Because Saturday’s game 3 is set for TV — Fox Sports Net — it cannot start earlier than it’s 2:15 scheduled first pitch. After 2:15 Kentucky and Ole Miss can play all day — and all night — to get the game in but cannot move the game to Sunday.
Game 2 lineups here when we get them.