By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Just before the umpires at Saturday’s game ejected Sikes Orvis from the game, the Ole Miss senior first baseman made the No. 1 Florida Gators pay at the plate.
Orvis drove in three runs with a homer in the bottom of the first inning and then added an run-scoring double in the third. His four RBIs paced the Rebels in the first game of a doubleheader with the Gators, who eventually lost 5-2.
It was the first series win series win of the season for the Rebels in SEC play, and third win over a team ranked No. 1 in one of the polls covering college baseball the past two weekends. Ole Miss is also 4-0 against No. 1 ranked teams in series played in Oxford. Ole Miss is also 11-5 against teams ranked in the top 10 since 2005 at home. That’s a mouthful, but tasty nonetheless.
Back to Orvis, who missed the final 15 innings of baseball after he was tossed in the third, and moments after he reached third base following his double. Umpires told Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco that Orvis used profanity after he stepped off third base and towards second. The incident stemmed from a verbal disagreement between Ole Miss freshman Tate Blackman and Florida shortstop Richie Martin after Blackman reached second and Martin recorded the first out in in the frame.
As a result of the ejection, Orvis was unable to play the second game, a contest Ole Miss lost 8-4 to the Gators.
In Game 1, Brady Bramlett earned the win, while Wyatt Short earned the saved. Jacob Waguespack bridged the two on the mound. Bramlett logged six innings, while Short got the last 1.1 innings to earn his second save.
In the loss, Will Stokes started his first game as a Rebel. He lasted just 2.2 innings after giving up seven hits and five earned runs. Ole Miss is now 13-10 overall and 3-3 in the SEC heading into its sixth doubleheader of the season on Tuesday at home against UAB. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
Here is Bianco following Saturday’s long day at the ballpark that included two games that each lasted over three hours.