Big Hits Help Rebels Down Austin Peay 11-3

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM <blank>
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 2, 2011

Box Score

OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebel bats got going early with a six-run first inning as Ole Miss (9-1) exploded out of the gates to defeat Austin Peay (4-2) by a score of 11-3 on Wednesday night at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

Matt Snyder paced the Rebel offense on the night, going 2-for-2 with a three-run home run and four RBI. The junior also drew two walks on the night. Tanner Mathis was also solid at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Taylor Hightower also came up with a three-RBI double as a part of the big first inning.

Mike Mayers (1-0) picked up the win in his first start, working 5.0 innings and allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. Three other Rebels pitched in the game as Brooks Oursler, Jon Andy Scott and Blair Wright made their debuts.

Alex Belew (1-1) suffered the loss for the Governors as he allowed eight runs – three earned – on seven hits with three walks in 2.0 innings of work.

“I am happy with how the game turned out,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We started a freshman on the mound and he faced some adversity early on. Then three guys who have never pitched a college game finished up for us. They all did a terrific job.

“This was our cleanest game of the year and we played very well,” Bianco said. “Matt Synder continues to swing well. Tulane poses our biggest challenge of the year so far (this coming weekend). Their pitching is outstanding and they are always a team that is in the running and in the post season.”

Austin Peay struck first for the second night in a row, scoring two runs in the first inning on a single and a sac fly after opening the game with a pair of hits to put two men in scoring position.

The Rebels answered in the bottom of the frame, pushing six runs across the plate on the way to the win.

Ole Miss got things started with a fielding error at third on a grounder from Alex Yarbrough. Yarbrough then took second on a wild pitch before stealing third. Matt Smith walked to put two men on before another wild pitch allowed Yarbrough to score. Smith stole second and then scored on a double from Snyder.

Preston Overbey and Matt Tracy both drew walks to load the bases before Hightower came up with the bases clearing double to put the Rebels on top 5-2. The Rebel catcher scored a batter later on a single to center from Blake Newalu and Ole Miss held the 6-2 advantage after an inning of play.

The Rebels added two more runs in the second inning on a Tracy single that pushed Overbey and Jordan King home and gave Ole Miss an 8-2 lead.

Austin Peay struck back in the fifth when Michael Blanchard scored from third on a groundout to second from Rolando Gautier. Blanchard walked before moving to third on a pair of wild pitches.

Ole Miss grabbed the final margin of victory of 11-3 off a three-run shot from Matt Snyder in the bottom of the fifth that scored Mathis and Yarbrough. Mathis opened the inning with a single and Yarbrough was hit by a pitch to put the two runners on for the Snyder home run.

Ole Miss will return to action this weekend with a three-game series against the Tulane Green Wave. The Rebels and Tulane will play the first game of the series at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • 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

    • Center, Right Tackle Position Battles to Watch

      Thursday, August 7, 2014 - Football

      An extended portion of the team drills were open to the media. Gameplay-wise, the highlight of the period was a pair of deep throws from senior quarterback Bo Wallace, one to sophomore wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and another to junior... read more