Final: Arkansas 11, Ole Miss 1

By Kyle Alford

The Rebels (35-14, 15-9 SEC) took a beating today with an 11-1 loss to Arkansas. Two of the Rebel’s five hits came in the first inning, along with their lone run- a groundout RBI by Will Allen to bring in Braxton Lee. The Razorbacks countered, and brought in 11 consecutive runs on 16 hits. Ole Miss starter Sam Smith went three innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits. Jeremy Massie came in and provided strong relief, allowing only two runs in four and two-thirds innings, but the damaged had already been done.

Here’s Mike Bianco:


The loss for the Rebels is their first SEC loss since losing to Mississippi State on April 22nd. Ole Miss still sits atop the SEC West; sitting one game behind the Rebels is Mississippi State (14-10 SEC), after the Bulldogs swept Auburn over the weekend. The Rebels hold a game and half lead over LSU (13-10 SEC).

Ole Miss will look to improve their hopes for a national seed as they finish out the season. The Rebels will host Georgia this coming weekend, and will finish out the season in College Station next weekend.

Here’s Will Allen:




LF Serrano .309

CF Benintendi .283

2B Anderson .319

1B Fisher .266

RF Spoon .278

DH Eagan .238

C Baxendale .284

3B Wernes .214

SS Bernal .246

RHP Chris Oliver 5-4, 3.05


Ole Miss

LF Lee 2-for-9 in series

CF Bousfield 3-for-7, 2 RBI

3B Anderson 1-for-6

C Allen 4-for-8 2 runs

1B Orvis 2-for-7, 2 runs, 2 RBI, HR

DH Woodman 4-for-6 2 RBI, 2 runs

RF Jamison 1-for-3 RBI

2B Overbey 1-for-7

SS Robinson 2-for-5, Run

RHP Sam Smith 5-3, 2.78

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    Thanks Kyle for your good report, keep up the good work. Rebels may have lost the battle today but not the war, as yet. The battle continues with Rebels still in control of the SEC West, thanks to The Florida Gator who swept the Tide this weekend, but Kyle, your Ole Miss Rebels must keep an eye on their friends down at Miss State, The State boys are on the rise and in a winning mode, closing in on Ole Miss. Ole Miss has a very big obstacle yet in front of them and that’s Texas A&M. Gator still have Vandy ahead, but the Gators are in good shape at this time. Six games still left to play for all and anything can happen in the mean time.. Again Kyle thanks for your good work keep it up.

    • Killer_Beeze

      JB…Miss. Stake swept the 2 worse teams (Missouri & Auburn) in their last two outings. That is certainly not indicative of the ”State boyz on the rise”. They have a tough road ahead. As for the Rebels, they are still capable of winning the West.

      • JB

        i think Ole Miss is in good shape to win the West, if they don’t fold up and don’t believe Mike will allow that. Those tournament byes are very important and believe the Rebels will get one and host a Regional

      • Nigel Gruff

        Tough road for Miss. St., indeed. They have a 10-14 Tennessee team, then a Bama team mired in a 3 game losing streak. Top 4 get byes, right? They’ve changed the format so much, I can’t keep up.

        • JB

          my guess the top four will #1 Gators, #2 Ole Miss or Miss State #4 Vandy, after first round losers go home winners advance into a double elimination and as Nigel states
          here is where the pitching dept will be a factor. Gator very deep in strong pitching don’t know about the rest of the field.

  • Nigel Gruff

    While byes and winning the regular season division are important, the main ingredient for post season success is rested pitcher’s arms. Have the pitchers been managed for the home stretch or were they used up to win the regular season?

  • Nigel Gruff

    A list of injured players that stayed in the game…off the top of my head. Oscar Robertson, with a terrible knee, Larry Bird..bad back, Kirk Gibson homers and could hardly walk, Curt Shilling..bloody sock game vs Yankees, Emmit Smith sets rushing record with dislocated shoulder, Kerri Strugg wins gold in Olympics with torn up ankle…That’s all I have time for…there are many more.

    • TheGiantRebel

      An injured Daniel LaRusso defeats Johnny Lawrence in the Final Match of the 1984 tournament

  • Nigel Gruff

    No difference! My coach told us to play hard, whether we were up 11, down 11 or tied. Tough guys and leaders play the same for the entire contest! I admire the guy for not wanting to come out of the game.

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