OXFORD, Miss. - Senior left-hander Matt Tracy turned in a career-night for the Rebels, striking out 11 batters and turning in 7.0 scoreless innings as Ole Miss (14-4) shutout Jackson State (7-8) on Tuesday night by a score of 8-0.
Tracy (2-1) picked up his second win of the season in the outing as the Rebels have now allowed only one run in the last 36.0 innings of baseball.
Jeremy Gray (0-1) suffered the loss for Jackson State as he allowed four runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.
"It was a clean night for us and it all started on the mound," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "Matt Tracy was very aggressive for us and able to get ahead of a lot of hitters. We were able to put a couple of innings together. We're getting better and continue to improve offensively."
The Rebels put four runs on the board in the third inning, using a hit batter and a bunt single to put two men on board. Tanner Mathis then lay down a sac bunt to move Taylor Hightower and Newalu into scoring position before Alex Yarbrough came up with double to right field to drive in both runners. A double to right from Matt Snyder in the next at bat scored Yarbrough to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead.
Snyder took third on a grounder deep in the hole at short from Preston Overbey before scoring on a wild pitch to give Ole Miss the 4-0 lead.
The Rebels pushed a fifth run home in the seventh inning when Snyder came up with a bases loaded walk to score Hightower. The catcher singled to open the inning and then stole second before moving to third on a single from Yarbrough that loaded the bases.
Three more runs came home in the eighth as Overbey doubled to open the frame before Hightower came up with a two-out walk to put two men on. Newalu singled through the left side to score Overbey before a two-RBI double up the middle from Mathis gave the Rebels the final 8-0 margin of victory.
Ole Miss returns to action on Friday when the Rebels open Southeastern Conference play against the Alabama Crimson Tide. First pitch for the opening game of the three-game series is set for 6:30 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Saturday's game time was moved to 2 p.m. earlier in the season to accommodate SportSouth who will be televising that game of the series.
This is a new concept we've created for the Ole Miss Sports Blog that we're calling Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations... read more
The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more
ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season. Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more
ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more
Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more
Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more
For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships. For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more
ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense. And... read more
After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more
Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more
Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more