The Rebels take Game 1 behind another dominant outing from Bobby Wahl and timely hitting against a left-hander, something that has eluded them in the past. They went into the game 7-9 against lefty starters but touched Conner Kendrick and his sub-2 ERA for 10 hits, none bigger than Preston Overbey’s 3-run home run in the fourth inning. That changed the face of the game with Wahl rolling along.
Wahl went eight innings, scattering four hits with 1 run, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He hasn’t given up 2 earned runs in a start since March 29 at Florida.
Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone scored ahead of Overbey. They were both 3-for-4 and had back-to-back singles three times.
Overbey turned on a change-up from Kendrick and took it over the left field monster that sits high atop a wall that is only 315 from home plate down the left field line.
A little video here. Auburn is the team hitting. Off to the right you may be able to make out Mike Bianco talking with Auburn coach John Pawlowski, although Pawlowski may cover him up.
Ole Miss assistant Carl Lafferty is talking to a fan at the screen.
Today is Bianco’s birthday. He’s 46. We’ll see if the walks to the mound are any slower.
The Weather Channel predicts rain to arrive here at 6 o’clock, which would be right at first pitch. There is rain in the area, none here now. It could be a start and stop kind of night.