Saturday split for Rebels

A loss in the first game of a doubleheader was off-set – somewhat – by the Rebels’ cleanest game of opening weekend as they rebounded from an 8-1 loss with a 16-2 win.

Good news first.

Brady Bramlett went six innings allowing four hits, two runs, no walks and eight strikeouts. That’s an outstanding start from a guy who missed last season with injury. Keep an eye on Bramlett.

The Rebels had 18 hits in the second game, four from Errol Robinson with two doubles, three from JB Woodman, all doubles and three from Colby Bortles, one a home run.

The second game was the Rebels’ first errorless game of the season.

The bad news.

The first two Ole Miss pitchers in the first game – Sam Smith and Matt Denny – struggled mightily.

Smith wasn’t particularly clean in the first three innings, giving up a run in the second. He did not record an out in the fourth and gave up three runs.

Denny also did not record an out. He faced four batters and gave up three runs.

As bad as the first level pitching was there was no support on offense. The Rebels had just five hits, two from Henri Lartigue, two from Cameron Dishon and one from juco transfer Connor Cloyd who started in left field.

Sikes Orvis was hitless for the second straight game, and the first four in the order were 0-for-13.

The Rebels committed three errors in the first game.

Orvis was 1-for-3 and drove in a run in the second game. He got a basehit to right field when Ole Miss had a runner on second, and the William and Mary second baseman was forced to hold the runner. The Tribe had played Orvis with the second baseman in shallow right, a likely sign of things to come.

For all the talk of the new balls carrying, Ole Miss had only one home run, that from Bortles in the eighth inning of the final game of the series.

It looked like Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco got to get a good look at a lot of different people.

Kyle Watson, Friday’s star with two doubles, played second base in the second game. He was 1-for-1 with an RBI double, a walk and two runs scored. A really nice weekend for the freshman from Southaven.

Junior college transfer pitcher Sean Johnson, a right-hander, did pitch but only one inning. He had originally been penciled in as the Game 3 starter before being slowed with tendonitis in his shoulder.

He gave up a hit but faced the minimum.

Jacob Waguespack was strong in relief in the second game, throwing five innings with one hit, one run and one walk.

The Rebels are scheduled to play Arkansas State Tuesday at 4, weather permitting.

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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