OXFORD, Miss. - The Rebel offense exploded for a big first inning and the pitching staff held the Lions in check down the stretch as No. 7 Ole Miss (13-1) defeated Southeastern Louisiana (8-4) by a score of 6-2 on Wednesday at Swayze Field.
The Rebels put up five runs in the first inning and five Ole Miss pitchers limited the Lions' scoring chances throughout the day in front of a raucous crowd of school children at the program's inaugural School Day game.
Brady Bramlett (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts through 5.0 innings of work. Bramlett and three other pitchers (Austin Blunt, Scott Weathersby and Aaron Greenwood) came up with the big pitches when needed to limit scoring opportunities for Southeastern Louisiana throughout the afternoon.
Tanner Bailey then picked up his second save of the season, facing one batter in the ninth inning and recording a strikeout with the bases loaded and two outs.
Kaleb Manuel (0-1) suffered the loss for Southeastern Louisiana, allowing five runs - four earned - on four hits and recorded only one out before the Lions turned to the bullpen.
"I'm certainly happy that we won, but disappointed because I didn't think we played very well today," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "The theme of the game was that we did just enough. We pitched just enough, we hit just enough; we defended just enough to win. You're trying to get better every day, and I just didn't think we played very well today even though we played well enough to win."
The scoring barrage in the first inning propelled the Rebels to victory as Ole Miss sent 10 men to the plate in a 41 minute first inning.
It started with a single up the middle from Auston Bousfield and a single from Austin Anderson that set up an RBI single from Stuart Turner to get the Rebels on the board. A fielding error at second on a ground ball from Andrew Mistone allowed Turner to advance safely while Anderson scored and the Rebels held a 2-0 lead.
Sikes Orvis and Will Allen followed it up with RBI singles before Will Jamison doubled off the wall in right field to drive in the Rebels' fifth run of the inning. Southeastern Louisiana would then get a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning, but Ole Miss held the 5-0 lead.
The Rebels added the sixth run in the fourth inning on another RBI single from Turner that brought Bousfield home. The Ole Miss centerfielder reached on a walk to open the inning and went first to third on a throwing error from the Lions' first baseman off a ground ball down the first base line.
The Southeastern Louisiana fielder scooped a ground ball from Anderson and turned to throw to second in an attempt for a double play - or to at least get the lead runner - and instead threw the ball into left field, allowing Bousfield to advance two bases safely and set up the run on the Turner hit.
The Lions would cut into the lead with a single run in both the fifth and sixth innings, but the Rebel pitching staff limited the damage each inning and kept the offense in check until Southeastern Louisiana loaded the bases in the ninth.
Bailey then recorded the strikeout to preserve the win for the Rebels.
Ole Miss will return to action on Friday, opening a three-game series against the Lipscomb Bisons at 6:30 p.m. at Swayze Field.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 8-14, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss captured the Magnolia Invitational this past weekend to improve to 10-0, its best start in school history.- The Rebels downed UAB and Mercer 3-0 and then defeated Jacksonville State 3-1... read more
After a 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Sunday. Despite breaking into the top 10, the Rebels remain fifth among Southeastern Conference Western Division... read more
This is the third installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more
Leading 1-0 after controlling the play for much of the game, Ole Miss opened up a 3-0 lead on Middle Tennessee with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half on the way to a 4-0... read more
Senior cornerback Senquez Golson has come a long way since he was a freshman. That season, he was most notably on the receiving end of a highlight reel juke from Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Three years later, as part... read more
Three areas to watch as Ole Miss faces Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener Saturday. Wearing the Bull's-Eye After a 2-0 start with wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt, Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll,... read more
With a chance to make history, Ole Miss dropped a first set for the first time this season. The Rebels answered the bell winning the next three sets to defeat Jacksonville State 3-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season,... read more
Rebel Nation goes into its home opener Saturday excited for the return of football at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but also saddened by the loss of one of its most renowned voices.Stan Sandroni, 64, passed away of a heart attack late Wednesday.... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' home opener Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network.Freeze's time... read more
Former Ole Miss football player Jody Hill has partnered with Square Books in Oxford to launch his book, "38: The Chucky Mullins Effect," celebrating the life and impact of his Ole Miss teammate Chucky Mullins. Hill will be signing copies... read more
From week one to week two, head coach Hugh Freeze and offensive line coach Matt Luke are generally pleased with the progress along the offensive line. The number of false start penalties went from eight to two, while the... read more
With back-to-back tournament titles to open the season, the Rebels are 7-0 to start the season for the first time since 2007 and are also the only Southeastern Conference team still undefeated."We feel like at this point in our season... read more