Efficient Offense Propels No. 16 Rebels To 13-1 Win

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM <blank>
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 29, 2012

Box Score | Game Highlights (Video)

OXFORD, Miss. - It wasn't a night with a lot of hits, but the Rebels got a lot of quality at bats and put together an efficient offensive performance as No. 16 Ole Miss (7-1) defeated Jackson State (3-5) by a score of 13-1 Wednesday.

The Rebels scored the 13 runs on eight hits, including a three-run home run from Zach Kirksey and a two-run home run from Kody Sepulveda. Ole Miss drew 13 walks and had three hit batters as a part of the offensive outburst.

Josh Laxer (1-0) picked up his first win in a predetermined start, working 4.0 innings and allowing one run on five hits with a strikeout. Four other pitchers saw their first action of the season as Tanner Bailey, Hawtin Buchanan, Jon Andy Scott and Aaron Greenwood all pitched in the win.

Quintavious Drains (1-2) suffered the loss for Jackson State, allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Drains gave up a three-run shot to Zach Kirksey in the second inning and the Rebels never trailed in the game.

"I thought it was a really well played and clean game by us," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "A lot of guys got in or the first time either this season or in their careers.  Usually when that happens there are some good and some bad, but there was a lot of good tonight.  The pitchers that got to throw did well.  

"Jackson State really came out and swung, and Josh Laxer really fought hard." Bianco continued. "After him all the guys that came in, Bailey, Buchanan, Scott and Greenwood really worked ahead in their counts, threw strikes and did what they were supposed to do. We had some great at-bats. Sepulveda was catching in the bullpen all night and we called him in and he took off his stuff and had a great cut for a home run. It was a good night by us."

The Rebels struck first with the three-run shot from Kirksey that scored Matt Snyder and Andrew Mistone.

Jackson State answered with a single run in the third. Sergio Parra opened the inning with a single to right field before moving to second on a passed ball. He took third on a sac bunt from Gabriel Babineaux, then scored on a double to left center from Glenn Walker to cut the lead to 3-1.

It was all Rebels from there as the home team scored in the final four innings to reach the final 13-1 margin of victory.

Ole Miss sent 10 men to the plate in the fifth inning and scored four runs, before adding three runs in the sixth while sending nine men to the plate.

A single run in the seventh inning made it 11-1 before the Sepulveda home run in the eighth set the score at 13-1.

Ole Miss will return to action this weekend, hosting Miami (Ohio) in a three-game set at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Friday's contest is set for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday's game will start at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday is set for a 1:30 p.m. start.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Nkemdiche Headlines Retooled D-Line

      Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Football

      The return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and additions of sophomore Fadol Brown and freshman Marquis Haynes have changed the face of the defensive line, but freshman All-American Robert Nkemdiche remains front and center.  With a season of experience... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Sneak Peak

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football 2014: Episode 1 Sneak Peak from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Wallace: 'It's My Offense'

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The dean of Southeastern Conferences quarterbacks and the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns, senior Bo Wallace is as healthy and confident as ever, and he's also assumed a more vocal leadership role on the... read more

    • VIDEO: We Are Ole Miss

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Athletics

      We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, "Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss" from earlier this year: Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football: Fins Up (Part 2)

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Football

      In case you missed it, Fins Up (Part 1) from last year:... read more

    • Rebels Battle Injuries on Defense

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that junior cornerback Carlos Davis suffered a torn ACL and will likely have surgery Monday. Davis joins sophomore cornerback Tee Shepard and junior safety Chief Brown on the list of players expected to miss... read more

    • Recapping the SEC Network Launch

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Athletics

      The launch of the SEC Network shows the growth and vision of the 14 schools in the conference. #OleMiss-- Coach Alex (@apsimms2) August 15, 2014 That was fun! And the @SECNetwork is only getting started. #SECStoried finished strong. Great... read more

    • Ole Miss and the SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Athletics

      Tonight is the night!! #SECNetworkLaunch pic.twitter.com/73UYs8B0Hg-- SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 14, 2014 Historic day for SEC & #OleMiss as we celebrate the launch of the @SECNetwork at 5pm CST! Congrats to everyone who made it happen!-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August... read more

    • Luke Breaks Down the Offensive Line

      Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Football

      The center and right tackle position battles have been two of the biggest story lines of fall camp, but as the Rebels prepped for their second preseason scrimmage Wednesday night, they are closer to solidifying the depth chart along the... read more

    • Attitude, Effort are Front and Center in Process

      Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Volleyball

      "Buy-in" is a common term thrown around by coaches. How will first-year Ole Miss head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts measure buy-in, as the team continues its preseason work for the upcoming season? Attitude and effort. "If we bring those two... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Soccer Day One

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Soccer

      THE SEASON: Soccer - Day One from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Kennedy Recaps Trip, Talks New-Look Roster

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Men's Basketball

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team wrapped up its Bahamian exhibition tour with a perfect 2-0 record. Head coach Andy Kennedy recapped the trip, talked about the chemistry, depth and experience of a new-look roster heading into the fall. The... read more

    • Looking at CB, OL, WR and RB Depth

      Monday, August 11, 2014 - Football

      Sophomore defensive end Fadol Brown and sophomore cornerback Kailo Moore returned from their respective injuries, while sophomore Tee Shepard remains out with a toe injury. The results from Shepard's MRI performed on Saturday are being sent to Birmingham, head coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Programming on SEC Network

      Monday, August 11, 2014 - Football

      The SEC Network will debut on Thursday, August 14 with a three-hour SEC Now that will visit every SEC school and the 21 sports within the SEC. The first two weeks of the network will also feature customized programming to... read more

    • The Week That Was: Ole Miss Football

      Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss continues its preparations for the the 2014 season with the second full week of fall camp starting Monday. Here's a look back at the first full week of fall camp with some observations and takeaways, as well as... read more