A very efficient night at the plate, only five hits but four in a four-run fifth, and those four runs might as well have been 400 the way the Rebels were pitching.
The Ole Miss arms have now allowed just one run in the last 45 innings. David Goforth takes the mound Saturday.
Alabama’s Nathan Kilcrease pitched well too, and his defense didn’t help him out too much in that fifth, committing two of their three errors then.
But it was good to see the Rebels put together an inning against Kilcrease, who was a thorn in their side last year, beating them twice in May and allowing just five earned runs in 17 1-3 inninings over two starters.
Kilcrease went seven innings tonight, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits. The Rebels hit some balls hard that were right at people and could have had more on the hits total, but “that’s baseball.”
Matt Crouse was very good, 6 2-3 innings, three hits, no walks, seven strikeouts. Jake Morgan pitched 2 1-3 innings for his fifth save. He gave up four hits, but at least two of those were blooper types. He walked none and struck out three.
The big hit was Ole Miss was Zach Kirksey’s 2-run home run in the fifth, barely clearing the wall in center just left of the batter’s eye. It came after a single by Miles Hamblin and a bit of small ball with a nice bunt by freshman Austin Anderson.
Game 2 at 2 p.m. today.