Sunday morning baseball thoughts on a big weekend at No. 1 Vanderbilt

Just box score browsing it looks like yesterday’s 5-4 baseball win over No. 1 Vanderbilt was the cleanest game in a while for Ole Miss. No errors in the field, a double-digit hit game with production spread throughout the lineup.

Austin Knight had two hits, and eight other Ole Miss players had one. Sikes Orvis was hitless but walked three times.

Sam Smith, who has struggled this season and fallen out of the weekend rotation, had his second productive outing from the bullpen on the week. Jacob Waguespack, after throwing 40 pitches over three innings in Saturday’s 6-5 16-inning win, gave up one hit but nothing else in the bottom of the ninth. Freshman right-hander Will Stokes went six innings against one of the SEC’s top offenses, the longest outing of the year for Stokes.

Alone none of those performances were remarkable, but combined they allowed Ole Miss to win an SEC Game 3 for the first time this year and to take a road series from the No. 1 team.

It’s a series win that rekindles the idea of what could be ahead for this team. The answer to that question is not much if it reverts to some of the poor offense and defense it’s shown at times this season.

For now, though, the Rebels, 18-18 overall, 7-8 at the SEC turn, can revel in a solid weekend and perhaps carry a boost of confidence into Tuesday’s non-conference game against Tennessee-Martin and next weekend’s series at Auburn.

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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