SEC Tourney, Ole Miss v. Arkansas | Ole Miss Sports

FINAL: Ole Miss 2, Arkansas 0

Video: Bianco, Yarbrough, Mayers, Huber

More in a bit.

It’s not a good thing to celebrate two runs in a game as an outburst. That’s not what Ole Miss players were doing in postgame interviews.

It was clear, though, that players felt a sense of relief in getting on the board and at least putting some pressure on the Razorbacks.

They left three stranded in the first inning against Arkansas’ DJ Baxendale, who was 7-3 with a 3.14 ERA going in. Even with three stranded it felt like a productive inning. As you hear Yarbrough talk about the Sikes Orvis at-bat above, he’s on the mark. The ball was hit hard enough to get into the corner and clear the bases. The Arkansas first baseman made a good play. It wasn’t hit left or right, it was right at him, but it was hit hard.

The Rebels did other things in that inning. Zach Kirksey took a walk, and Yarbrough had a stolen base. Auston Bousfield reach on an error. Baxendale worked out of the jam with help from his defense, but that’s how big innings are made.

Kirksey narrowly missed a home run in the fourth and turned it into a triple. He scored on a 1-out ground ball by Orvis, another well-struck ball, this one to deep second base.

It’s good to see the quality at-bats for Orvis late in the season. He is Matt Snyder’s replacement.

The Rebels missed a chance to add to the lead in the fifth, stranding three.

The offense fell short of the “explosion” category, but it was enough for Mike Mayers, who turned in another quality start. After a string of starts where he didn’t get past five innings, Mayers has gone 6.0 and 7.0 in his last two starts.

This team still needs to hit better with runners in scoring position.

The Rebels finished with eight hits total, three by Yarbrough who got off good swings multiple times.

Will Allen had a double, the only extra-base hit other than Kirksey’s triple.

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About a half hour away from the first elimination game of the tournament. Significant changes to the Ole Miss lineup and batting order.

LINEUPS

Arkansas

SS Tim Carver .314

1B Dominic Ficociello .313

3B Matt Reynolds .347

LF Brian Anderson .298

DH Jacob Mahan .272

3B Bo Bigham .282

RF Sam Bates .250

C Jake Wise .243

CF Matt Vinson .220

RHP DJ Baxendale 7-3, 3.14, 80.1 IP, 17 BB, 74 SO, .240 Opp BA

OLE MISS

RF Tanner Mathis .348

2B Alex Yarbrough .381

1B Matt Snyder .340

LF Zach Kirksey .288

CF Auston Bousfield .281

DH Sikes Orvis .286

C Will Allen .306

3B Andrew Mistone .233

SS Blake Newalu .351

RHP Mike Mayers 4-3, 3.84, 77.1 IP, 25 BB, 52 SO, .228 Opp BA