If you’ve been following along on the blog you may have seen me hammer on the Ole Miss bullpen of late.
Well, the Rebels can thank their bullpen for helping them not get swept in Baton Rouge. Just following along in the box score it looks like the bullpen was not spectacular but was much more efficient than it has been.
More on that in a bit.
The disappointing news is that Bobby Wahl was absolutely lit up. He finishes the regular season undefeated at 9-0, but he was chased quickly today, lasting just 2.2 innings, giving up six hits and six runs, all earned.
Four pitchers threw behind Wahl. Chris Ellis went 2.1 innings. He absorbed five hits but gave up only one run. After Ellis, Tanner Bailey struggled, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in only two-thirds of an inning.
But after Bailey, Matt Denny retired two of the three batters he faced — to get the win — and Brett Huber overcame his walks — three of them — because he allowed only one hit in 2.2 innings.
Offensively, the Rebels had 14 hits, led by Preston Overbey, who homered twice and drove in five runs. Austin Anderson and Will Allen also had home runs.
Andrew Mistone was 3-for-4.
Anderson, Stuart Turner, Overbey, Will Jamison and Will Allen had two hits each.
Ole Miss ends the regular season at 36-20 overall, 15-15 in SEC play. It was an NCAA 3 seed at College Station last year when it had 14 SEC regular season wins. It was a 2 seed at Virginia in 2010 when it went 16-14 in the regular season, the last time the Rebels had at least a break-even season in SEC play.
Today’s win gives the Rebels a 3-3 mark against RPI top 10 teams over the last six SEC games.
The offense was a pleasant surprise for a group that hasn’t been very consistent in scoring runs. Maybe it provides a little momentum for postseason.
The bigger question is how does Mike Bianco handle Bobby Wahl for next week’s SEC tournament? Obviously Wahl was out of his routine, but that should have made that big a difference. You want Bobby Wahl as rested and healthy as he can be for the NCAAs.