The Rebels didn’t really look into it mentally, and it showed early.
There appeared to be a little miscommunication with the second batter of the game, Tennessee’s A.J. Simcox. Errol Robinson was late getting to a ground ball. Simcox reached on an infield hit. With second baseman Will Golsan shaded to the bag, Christin Stewart singled through the wide open right side to put runners on the corners. Simcox scored easily when the next man up, Andrew Lee, delivered a deep fly ball.
There was no error in that inning, but it was a precursor of the errors to come, three of them leading directly to three runs.
Tennessee right-hander Bret Marks allowed five walks and threw three wild pitches, but he didn’t let the Rebels string together hits. They got only five against him in 5.1 innings.
There were some impressive outs. It was a 4-1 game in the fifth when Colby Bortles narrowly missed a two-run home run. Instead, Tennessee right fielder Chris Hall crashed into the wall and took away at least an RBI double.
There were hard-hit balls in the first but not that could score a run, and Ole Miss left three on base.
The Rebels had stranded five through three innings.
Brady Bramlett wasn’t terrible but wasn’t dominant. He went 5.1 innings with seven hits and two walks. He struck out six.
He kept the Vols away from the big inning, but they gradually extended the lead, and Bramlett had no offensive support.
The decisive third game is today at 1:30. Ole Miss is 0-3 on SEC Sundays.