By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Matt Smith went 4 for 4 with a double, home run and three RBIs, and No. 14 Ole Miss tuned up for its weekend SEC series at rival Mississippi State with a 15-6 win over Tennessee-Martin before a paid attendance of 5,824 at Swayze Field Wednesday.
It was the seventh-straight win for the Rebels (30-13), their first in the last four games that did not require a basehit in the last at-bat.
Ole Miss had 18 hits for the game. Taylor Hashman had three hits, Tim Ferguson, Zach Miller, Alex Yarbrough and Mike Snyder two each. Miller, Hashman, Miles Hamblin and Snyder also had multiple RBIs.
“We continue to swing the bats with a lot of confidence. We had a lot of good at-bats, and when you’re swinging like that, good things happen.”
Eric Callender gave up two runs in the first inning, one on a leadoff home run, but settled in to pitch five innings. He scattered four hits, three walks and gave up four runs, three earned.
While Ole Miss has had two non-conference games this week, MSU has not played. Bianco stretched his pitching staff a little bit Wednesday by allowing position players Tanner Mathis and David Phillips, both left-handers, to finish the game on the mound.
Mathis went three innings with three hits and one run. Phillips pitched the ninth, allowing one hit, one walk and one run.