Ole Miss was again dominant offensively. For two games in Lexington it’s been a far better performance than in the two games preceding the trip, one against LSU the other against MSU.
As much a statement as the first two games in this series have been, it’s also a statement of LSU’s pitching vs. Kentucky’s pitching.
That’s not to take anything away from Ole Miss. The Rebels haven’t just hit Kentucky’s pitching, they’ve pounded it.
Now they’ve got a series win to show for it, and that’s huge in terms of the regional host conversation. When that time comes, Ole Miss will not be able to claim head-to-head series wins against South Carolina, LSU and Alabama, and it won’t play Florida. So the best thing the Rebels can do is begin to pass a couple of those teams in the standings.
Opponent pitching will be better next week when Arkansas visits. The Razorbacks went into this weekend with a 2.70 ERA against the league, compared to Kentucky’s 4.42 ERA.
Today’s Game …
They Rebels trailed 1-0 after four innings then scored four in the fifth, six in the sixth and seven in the seventh.
Ole Miss had 17 hits total, four home runs.
Auston Bousfield was 5-for-6 – yes five hits – with a double, a home run and six RBIs.
Austin Anderson was 3-for-6 with a double and three RBIs.
Will Allen was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.
Sikes Orvis and J.B. Woodman also hit home runs.
Christian Trent went six innings with six hits, two walks, four strikeouts and two earned runs.
The Rebels were able to get three innings from Scott Weathersby, who closed the game, so there’s rested and ready bullpen as they go for the sweep tomorrow. Aaron Greenwood – available for the first time since the Auburn series – Wyatt Short and Josh Laxer have yet to pitch this weekend.
Weathersby was not scored on until the ninth when he allowed three runs on three hits, and the defense committed two errors behind him.
The Rebels, now 12-8 in the SEC, have 30 hits and 32 runs for the series.
Sam Smith gets the ball as Ole Miss goes for the sweep tomorrow at noon.