I didn’t think I would be writing about an Ole Miss win today, but I am for several reasons.
First and foremost is the toughness the Rebels displayed by not letting Saturday’s collapse linger and turn into a two-for-the-price-of-one weekend for MSU.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco talked toughness at his preseason presser. This team has shown it at times. At times it hasn’t been tough, and Saturday’s game is an example of that. The Rebels need to get tougher in closing games and figure out a way to become more consistent there.
Another reason for Ole Miss success today is the fact that MSU, in spite of its 10th-inning outburst in Game 2, is still a very average offensive team, and it doesn’t appear that quality pitching depth extends past the first two games.
The Rebels had a season-high 20 hits, led by Austin Anderson, who was 4-for-5. Here’s Anderson:
JB Woodman had a leadoff triple in a four-run fourth when Ole Miss began to pull away. Auston Bousfield had a three-hit day, and so did Preston Overbey. Braxton Lee, Will Allen and Will Jamison also had two hits.
Sam Smith did what he does. He absorbed six singles, but kept the ball in the park — no small accomplishment the way the wind was blowing out to left.
Smith walked two and struck out one. He left with a 10-0 lead. Jeremy Massie allowed two inherited runners to score, but Massie settled in and pitched scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth.
The Rebels improve to 29-9 overall, 9-6 in the SEC, a game behind West-leading Alabama and a game ahead of LSU, which visits Thursday.