Not much offense in this game, which held true to form for both teams.
Both teams scored in the first inning, and it was zeros the rest of the way until Arkansas scored in the bottom of the 10th.
The difference is Ole Miss was sending its No. 3 starter against Arkansas’ regular Friday night guy, and Sam Smith responded by tying a career-high with six innings pitched. He said he was feeling a little winded at the end, but Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said not sending Smith out for the seventh was a decision made with the upcoming regional in mind.
Smith and Tanner Mathis talk about the game here:
Smith scattered six hits, walked one and struck out four. Good pitching didn’t only come from Smith.
Aaron Greenwood turned in another good outing. He had struggled of late but was able to record some outs at LSU last week going 4.2 innings. He went 3.1 innings today, and Arkansas’ winning run that was charged to him came on a wild pitch delivered by freshman lefty Matt Denny. Greenwood gave up five hits. They weren’t all rockets. He walked one and struck out four.
Here’s Mike Bianco talking about his pitching:
Just six hits in the game for Ole Miss, five of them against Arkansas starter Barrett Astin, who also tied a career-high with eight innings pitched.
Austin Anderson had two hits, turning on fastballs twice and pulling them sharply into right field.
Arkansas had 11 hits, three of them from center fielder Matt Vinson.
Ole Miss is now 37-21 and will play tomorrow morning at 9:30 against the loser of the LSU-Alabama game. LSU at this moment leads 1-0 in the bottom of the first and has two runners on base with one out.
Ole Miss (37-20)
LF Mathis .273
3B Mistone .320
SS Anderson .301
C Turner .379
CF Bousfield .271
1B Orvis .241
2B Overbey .283
RF Jamison .279
DH Allen .237
RHP Sam Smith 3-0, 3.28
DH Joe Serrano R .280
CF Matt Vinson S .287
LF Brian Anderson R .349
1B Dominic Ficociello S .254
RF Tyler Spoon R .280
3B Jacob Mahan L .291
2B Jordan Farris R .237
SS Brett McAfee R .269
C Jean Ramierz R .188
RHP Barrett Astin 4-4, 2.02