NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt pitching could do nothing to slow down the Ole Miss bats Friday night, as the Rebels (10-3, 1-0 SEC) put together three big scoring innings on the way to a 9-3 win over Vanderbilt (10-5, 0-1 SEC) at Hawkins Field to open Southeastern Conference play.
Logan Power paced the Rebels with a 3-for-4 night at the plate that included four RBI and a run scored, with a big three-RBI double in the sixth inning to give the Rebels a six run lead and put the game out of reach. Jeremy Travis was 2-for-3 on the night with a three-run home run as part of a four run fourth inning that gave the Rebels the lead on the way to the win.
Rory McKean (2-1) picked up the win in relief as he worked 3.0 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit while walking four and striking out two.
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt will take the field again today when the two teams play the second game of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Hawkins Field.
Around the SEC
- Auburn 4, Tennessee 2: Auburn started Grant Dayton was dominant, at one point sitting down 17 Tennessee hitters in a row, as Auburn (12-4, 1-0 SEC) ran its winning streak to 10 games.
Auburn’s win was its first in the SEC season-opener since the 2003 season when it defeated Tennessee, 3-2, in Auburn.
- Arkansas 11, Florida 4: Junior Dallas Keuchel was brilliant on the mound and got good help from the Razorback lineup as the 18th-ranked Arkansas baseball team won its Southeastern Conference opener.
The Razorbacks’ (10-3, 1-0 SEC) 11 runs match a school record for runs in a SEC opener matching the 1998 team’s 11 that it scored on South Carolina. Florida (9-4, 0-1) made a rally late as it scored three times in the ninth, but could not overcome the sizeable Razorback advantage.
- Bulldogs-Gamecocks, Tide-’Dawgs rained out: Friday’s scheduled 6:30 p.m. SEC baseball series-opener at Dudy Noble Field between Mississippi State (10-4) and South Carolina (10-2) was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader that will begin today at 3 p.m. Alabama and Georgia will start a doubleheader at 2:05 p.m.
From school and wire reports