As it turns out, the Rebels needed Bobby Wahl to beat Binghamton, and the Bearcats didn’t go quietly. Wahl went seven innings and gave up eight hits. He entered the game with an opponent’s batting average of .189, but Binghamton hit him pretty good.
The difference for Wahl today was that he didn’t get in trouble with walks, which he often has this season. That was a big deal with the Bearcats having a good offensive day.
Wahl gave up two runs, both earned, walked two and struck out two. He threw 100 pitches.
Here’s the Ole Miss postgame:
The Rebels got off to a fast start early with two runs against Binghamton right-hander Jake Lambert. As has been the case several times, they were not able to keep the pressure on and get Lambert out of the game early. He settled in, found a groove, and the Bearcats pushed across single runs in the third and the sixth to tie the game at two.
Ole Miss took a commanding lead with four runs in the eighth, the runs scoring on a sac fly by pinch-hitter Sikes Orvis, a bases-loaded walk to Auston Bousfield – after Binghamton had intentionally walked Tanner Mathis – and an error at first base off a sharp ground ball from Austin Anderson.
Anderson went 4-for-5 today with four straight hits, one a ground-rule double, leading up to that at-bat.
Tanner Bailey pitched the last two innings. They were not clean – two errors and two hits in the eighth – and not without drama, but he closed it out. Bailey retired the side in order in the ninth.
Here’s the Binghamton postgame: Bing coach Tim Sinicki called Wahl “arguably the best pitcher in the country.”
In what could very well have been Wahl’s last appearance for Ole Miss, his ERA, below 2 all season, jumped to 2.06 with two earned runs allowed in seven innings.
Bianco said the blister was a bit of a problem today. If so, it didn’t show itself in the form of walks as it usually does. It showed itself with the Bearcats getting eight hits off Wahl, who had an opponents’ batting average of .189 going into the game. Binghamton hit .296 against him.
The Rebels will play the NC State-William & Mary loser tomorrow at 12 CST.
Ole Miss is the visitor for this game.
LF Mathis .276
CF Bousfield .262
SS Anderson .299
C Turner .379
3B Mistone .315
1B Overbey .281
RF Jamison .286
DH Allen .228
RHP Wahl 9-0, 1.99
CF Blanden .R 277
3B Schanz R .305
LF Thomas L .374
2B Nevares R .314
RF McGraw R .294
1B Ruby R .232
DH Smucker L .232
C Pancerella R .198
SS Howell R .178
RHP Jake Lambert 7-2, 2.95