Offensive Outburst Propels No. 17 Rebels Past Alabama

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM <blank>
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 23, 2012

Box Score

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – An offensive outburst that included two rallies and a seven run seventh inning helped propel No. 17 Ole Miss (16-6, 2-2 SEC) back into the win column with an 11-7 win over Alabama (8-14, 0-4 SEC) on Friday night.

Ole Miss had five players post multiple-hit nights as part of a 16 hit performance on the way to the win. Andrew Mistone and Alex Yarbrough helped set the tone for the offense, combining for seven RBI as Mistone went 2-for-5 with four RBI and Yarbrough went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the outing.

Reliever Dylan Chavez (2-0) picked up the win as he entered the game with one out in the sixth inning, the game tied at four and a runner on second base with one out. He then got a pop up and a grounder to second with the bases loaded to get the Rebels out of the inning without relinquishing the lead.

Chavez allowed one unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief work. His unearned run allowed came in the seventh inning following a seven-run top of the seventh for the Rebel offense.

Ian Gardeck (1-2) suffered the loss for the Crimson Tide, allowing two runs on two hits in 0.1 inning of work after entering the game to start the seventh.

“We played with a lot of belief and confidence tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We can pitch better and we can play defense better, but I’m proud of our offense tonight. Alex (Yarbrough) came up with a big hit off their closer to give us back the lead when they had made the decision to try to close the door on things right there in the seventh. It was a big hit and some timely hitting from our offense in that inning took the wind out of them a bit.”

Alabama scored in the first inning when Jared Reaves came up with a double down the left field line to drive in Taylor Dugas. Dugas opened the game with a single before moving to second on a sac bunt. A balk moved Reaves to third before he scored on a passed ball to give the Crimson Tide a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

Ole Miss answered in the second, using a double from Will Allen, a single from Zach Kirksey and a wild pitch to set up a two run inning. Allen scored on a groundout to second from Andrew Mistone that moved Kirksey to third. A groundout to second from Preston Overbey in the next at bat brought Kirksey home and knotted the score at two.

The Rebels took the lead for the first time in the third inning on an RBI single fro Yarbrough before moving out to a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI triple from Mistone.

Alabama responded in the bottom half of the inning with a single from Ben Moore that scored Josh Rosecrans who opened the frame with a triple. Moore stole second and then scored on a double from Brett Booth to even the score at four.

Ole Miss broke things open in the seventh, getting the first two men on base before Yarbrough came up with his single through the right side to drive in two runs and spark a seven run inning. The Rebels scored seven runs on seven hits in the seventh to claim an 11-4 lead on the Crimson Tide and put the game out of reach.

Alabama came up with a single run in the seventh and two more runs in the eighth – one off a solo home run from Dugas – but could get no more as the Rebels closed things out for the 11-7 win to open the weekend series.

Ole Miss and Alabama will take the field again for game two of the series at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on campus at the University of Alabama.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Rebels Fall Short in Death Valley

      Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Football

      BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ole Miss had its chances. The Ole Miss defense made seven points stand up for the better part of four quarters, forcing four turnovers and limiting LSU to just three points on its first three trips... read more

    • Three and Out: Ole Miss-LSU

      Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss travels to No. 23 LSU for an SEC West Showdown on Saturday. Stopping The Run Not just this year, but throughout head coach Les Miles' tenure, LSU's running game has been... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-LSU Pregame

      Friday, October 24, 2014 - Football

      Ahead of a rivalry renewed on a national stage, complete with a visit of ESPN's "College GameDay" and the mystique of a Saturday night game in Death Valley, here's link roundup of videos and stories from local and national media... read more

    • Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Football

      Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play Through the years, special teams play has provided a winning edge in the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry, and and you don't have to go all the way back to Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween run. In... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 8

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 8 - Tennessee (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze, Miles Talk Ole Miss-LSU Rivalry

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 13-19)

      Monday, October 20, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more

    • SEC Nation Talent Talks Ole Miss on Visit

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more

    • What They're Saying: Midseason Honors

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more

    • Rebels Slow Offensive Tempo

      Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Football

      With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 7

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 7 - Texas A&M (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more