OXFORD, Miss. –Bobby Wahl turned in 6.0 innings of one hit baseball and the Rebels used a six-run first inning to pick up a series opening win as No. 14 Ole Miss (11-2) shut out Houston (6-7) by a score of 8-0 on Friday night at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Wahl (3-0) picked up the win as he worked 6.0 innings and held the Cougars to one hit with three walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts. He combined with right-handers Aaron Greenwood and Hawtin Buchanan for the shutout. The two freshmen worked the final 3.0 innings of the game, holding Houston to three hits and two strikeouts.
Jared Ray (1-1) suffered the loss for the Cougars as he allowed six runs on 10 hits in 1.0 inning of work. He left the game after the first two batters reached base safely to open the second inning.
Alex Yarbrough led the Rebels at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored as eight Rebels recorded hits on the night.
“It was a really good game by us,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “I thought we played really well in all three phases. We pitched really well, played good defense, and came out and really swung it in the first inning. Anytime you give your ace six runs in the first inning it is a good thing. There were some good at-bats.
“It was a clean night for us,” Bianco said. “Bobby (Wahl) had great stuff and everybody could tell with his ten strikeouts in six innings that he had dominant stuff. I thought Aaron (Greenwood) came in and did a good job with the six-eight run lead. He threw a lot of strikes, mixed in his breaking ball and worked ahead in the count.”
The Rebels got off to the quick start with a six-run first inning, sending 11 men to the plate and using eight singles to drive in the six runs. It started with singles from Tanner Mathis and Yarbrough before a single from Matt Snyder would drive in the first run. Ole Miss would then use five singles from the next six batters to take the 6-0 lead before Houston would get out of the inning.
The Rebel pitching staff continued to put up zeros from there while the Houston staff settled in following a pitching change in the second inning.
Ole Miss put together its second rally of the night in the fifth inning, driving in two more runs when Yarbrough came up with a two-RBI double down the left field line that scored Mathis and Will Jamison. Both base runners reached on walks in consecutive at bats with two outs before Yarbrough came up with the double to make the lead 8-0 for the Rebels.
The Ole Miss pitching staff and defense held strong down the stretch, including a big strikeout and fly out with two men in scoring position in the night to preserve the shutout win in the series opener.
Ole Miss and Houston will play game two of the series at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Arkansas jumped out to a 17-0 in the first quarter and took advantage of six Ole Miss turnovers on the way to a 30-0 shutout win Saturday in Fayetteville."I was concerned all week, for whatever reason, that we weren't totally... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 8 Ole Miss travels to Arkansas in its final road game of the regular season Saturday. Slowing the Hogs' Ground Attack The extra week of preparation, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said, should prove beneficial... read more
It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more
The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more
No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited. But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more
Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more
Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more
With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, Saturday's game against Presbyterian presents an opportunity for young players and backups to gain experience and make an impression on the coaching staff. Among those injured players, head coach Hugh Freeze... read more
A question we keep hearing is what needs to happen in order for the Rebels to get to the SEC Championship game. It's pretty simple, just cheer for the home team. The lone exception to that notion is Ole Miss'... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014Football- No. 4 Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Auburn on Saturday night, 35-31.- In addition to losing the game, the Rebels lost star receiver Laquon Treadwell on what looked... read more