OXFORD, Miss. - Freshman right-hander Brady Bramlett turned in a solid outing in his first start for the Rebels, striking out seven and walking none as No. 8 Ole Miss (8-1) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-7) by a score of 7-2 on Wednesday.
Bramlett (1-0) worked 5.0 innings in the start, allowing only two hits in his time on the mound. He picked up where he left off in his season debut after striking out all three batters faced last week against UT-Martin.
Stanten Jones (0-1) took the loss for the Lions, allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. One of those hits was a two-run home run from Ole Miss' Stuart Turner, the second of the season for the junior catcher.
"I'm proud of the way we bounced back after a miserable night last night (on Tuesday)," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "The guys really responded. Brady (Bramlett) was terrific. It was his first college start and that's how you draw it up. You go out and pitch five innings, get a couple of walks and strike out seven. I thought he really located his fast ball and slider. A lot of right handed hitters really kept him at bay. I'm proud that after that disaster in the field last night that we were able to come up and put a zero in the E column"
After a pair of scoreless innings to open the game, the Rebels got on the board in the bottom of the third.
With one out on the board, Tanner Mathis got things started with a single up the middle before coming home on a triple to right field from Austin Anderson. Anderson scored a batter later on a single up the middle from Auston Bousfield before Turner's home run would put the Rebels on top 4-0.
Ole Miss added to the lead with a run in the sixth when Andrew Mistone scored on a ground ball to short from Jake Overbey that gave the Rebels a 5-0 lead.
Turner tallied his second run of the game in the seventh, scoring from first on a double to right field from pinch-hitter Austin Knight. Turner walked to open the frame before Knight brought him home. A throwing error on a ground ball to third from Mistone allowed Knight to move to third and put Mistone on base. Knight would then score the Rebels second run in the inning on a wild pitch in the next at bat before Pine Bluff would get out of the inning.
Down 7-0 in the ninth, the Lions opened their last at-bat with three consecutive doubles to push a run home and send Ole Miss to the bullpen for right-hander Aaron Greenwood.
With two men in scoring position and one out, Greenwood notched a strikeout before the Lions' Cody DeMara got his team its fourth hit in the inning to cut the lead to 7-2. The Rebels would turn a double play in the next at bat to end the rally and claim the win over Pine Bluff.
Ole Miss will now hit the road for its first games away from Swayze Field, traveling to face the Florida International Golden Panthers in a three-game series this weekend. Game one of the weekend series will begin at 5 p.m. CT on Friday afternoon.
UPDATE: Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Listen: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman Show... read more
All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more
Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more
Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more
Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more
NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more
Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more
Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days, July 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.Ole Miss will take its... read more
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy talks about the addition of assistant coach Tony Madlock and the new-look roster for the upcoming season, among other topics, on the SEC Summer Men's Basketball Coaches Media Teleconference Monday. Here are the highlights:Ole... read more