Rebels blank Vols, win series

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Wright turned in a solid performance on the mound Sunday afternoon and the Ole Miss bats gave him plenty of support in an 8-0 victory,
The victory gave Ole Miss (18-7, 3-3 SEC) its first conference series win of the season. Six of the Rebels’ last eight wins have come by shutout.
Wright (3-2) worked eight innings, striking out eight and walking one while limiting the Vols to four hits.
“Austin Wright was terrific,” said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. “He attacked the zone and was very aggressive.”
Ole Miss won 6-1 on Friday and lost 6-4 on Saturday. It was the first shutout loss of the season for Tennessee (18-6, 2-4).
“It was good to go on the road and win a series,” Bianco said. “It’s tough to win on the road in the SEC. It was also nice to see us respond to a Saturday loss with a win and come back to win the series.”
The Rebels got all the runs they needed in the first, on a bases-loaded grounder by Matt Tracy and a Alex Yarbrough RBI single.
Tanner Mathis, Blake Newalu and Mike Hamblin each had three hits to pace a 14-hit attack. Hamblin homered and scored three runs.
Ole Miss visits No. 25 Southern Miss (18-5)on Wednesday.
Other SEC action:
South Carolina 4, Florida 3: The Gamecocks scored three runs in the sixth and took the lead in the eighth, winning the series against the No. 1-ranked Gators.
Vanderbilt 2, Arkansas 1: Aaron Westlake homered in the second and the Commodores handcuffed their hosts to win the series.
Alabama 8, Kentucky 3: The Tide extended their winning streak to seven games. Freshman Austen Smith drove in three runs.
Georgia 9-3, LSU 5-2: The Bulldogs won a pair of seven-inning games to sweep the series.

NEMS Daily Journal

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