The Rebels got a solid performance from three pitchers including Jeremy Massie in a surprise start.
Ole Miss assistant coach Cliff Godwin said his fellow assistant Carl Lafferty noticed a little stiffness in Christian Trent, the Rebels’ regular No. 2 SEC starter. With NCAA regionals beginning next week the staff wanted to be careful with Trent. Godwin does not believe the Trent issue is serious and did not rule out that he’ll pitch in this tournament.
Godwin handled postgame interviews today as head coach Mike Bianco hustled back to Oxford for high school graduation. Bianco will be back in Hoover tonight.
Here’s the Ole Miss postgame:
Massie went 4.1 innings, scattering four hits and three walks. He gave up a run in the first after a two-out infield hit, a walk and another hit.
“The first inning I kind of struggled a little bit. Coach B talked to me about getting the ball down. Once I got the ball down I started getting ground balls,” Massie said.
Aaron Greenwood went 2.2 innings with one hit and one run allowed. He entered in the fifth with a man on and one out and struck out the first two batters he faced.
Laxer gave up one hit and no walks in two innings.
The Rebels only had seven hit but they had back-to-back RBI hits in the seventh from Auston Bousfield and Austin Anderson off Vanderbilt reliever Brian Miller. Both runs were charged to Tyler Beede, who left the game after opening the seventh with back-to-back hit-by-pitches.
Ole Miss faces the LSU-Arkansas loser tomorrow at 3.