Ole Miss chased Alabama starter Taylor Guilbeau early and had 17 hits in a 10-2 win in the series opener with the Crimson Tide today.
Game 2 is at 7, about 3 1-2 hours away.
Colby Bortles went 3-for-5 with five RBIs, one of his hits a three-run home run in the fourth that set the Rebels (22-21, 9-10 SEC) on their way.
“With the wind blowing out, as a hitter, I wanted to get a ball in the air and see if it could fly,” he said.
Cameron Dishon was 4-for-5, and Errol Robinson was 3-for-4. Sikes Orvis had an RBI double, showing rare opposite field power. The left fielder had Orvis, as many do, shaded far toward center. He had a lot of ground to cover running back toward more normal positioning to make a play on the ball.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said today’s first game continued a trend of better hitting, even in Tuesday’s 10-5 loss to Memphis. The Rebels had 11 hits in that loss.
“We kind of said this after Wednesday’s (Memphis) game. All this week we’ve swung it a little better collectively through the lineup. A lot of people had good days, and Bortles continues to swing a hot bat.”
Alabama will throw its best starter – with earned run average as a guide – in tonight’s game. Right-hander Jake Walters has a 1.38 ERA in 32 2-3 innings.
Guilbeau entered the game at 3.29 in 63 innings.
The Rebels attacked Guilbeau early with two runs on four hits in the first but left runs on the table when a strikeout-throwout double play gave the Tide left-hander two quick outs.
It was only a temporary reprieve.
The Rebels peppered him with nine hits. He kept the game from blowing up but was a 73 pitches and out of the game after three innings.
Ole Miss got the same first start against his help, right-hander Jay Shaw
Cameron Dishon led off the home fourth with a hit and moved to second on a ground ball.
J.B. Woodman struck out, but Will Golsan walked, and Bortles got a fly ball up into the wind, landing it among the third row of lawn chairs in left field. It was his seventh home run of the year and gave Ole Miss a 6-1 lead.
The route was on.
Ole Miss 10, Alabama 2
Alabama 010 010 000 – 2 8 0
Ole Miss 201 322 00X – 10 17 1
WP: Christian Trent (6-4). LP: Taylor Guilbeau (2-4). Multiple Hits: (A) Georgia Salem. (OM) Connor Cloyd, Will Golsan, Colby Bortles 3, Errol Robinson 3, Cameron Dishon 4. 2B: (A) Salem. (OM) Bortles, Orvis. HR: (A) Kyle Overstreet. (OM) Bortles (7). LOB: Alabama 6, Ole Miss 12. T: 2:56. A: 8,042 (paid)
Records: Ole Miss 22-21, 9-10 SEC; Alabama 22-19, 7-12 SEC