KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –Austin Wright turned in a solid performance on the mound Sunday and the Rebel offense kicked into gear as Ole Miss (18-7, 3-3 SEC) shut out Tennessee (18-6, 2-4 SEC) by a score of 8-0 to claim the weekend series.
Wright (3-2) worked 8.0 innings in the outing, striking out eight and walking one while limiting Tennessee to four hits in his time on the mound.
Levi Dean (4-1) took his first loss of the season as he allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.
“Austin Wright was terrific today,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “He attacked the zone and was very aggressive. You always want to score first. When Tennessee gets ahead first they put some pressure on you. We were able to get the lead and kept getting hits and putting runs on the board.
“It was good to go on the road and win a series,” Bianco said. “It’s tough to win on the road in the SEC. It was also nice to see us respond to a Saturday loss with a win and come back to win the series.”
The Rebels got on the board in the first inning when Mathis scored on a groundball to second from Matt Tracy with the bases loaded. Tennessee turned a double play on the grounder, but the Rebels got the run home and moved Newalu to third. Newalu scored a batter later when Alex Yarbrough came up with a single up the middle to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
Ole Miss added to the lead when Hamblin hit a solo shot to right center in the second inning to move the edge out to 3-0.
The Rebels continued to build on the lead in the seventh inning when Mathis came up with an RBI single to left to score Hamblin and put runners at the corners with no outs. Ole Miss plated a fifth run a batter later when Newalu hit a soft single to the left of the mound to push pinch runner Jordan King home and keep two men on base for the Rebels.
Ole Miss added two more runs in the eighth when King came up with a bases loaded fly out. The second run came home on a single to right center from Matt Smith to put the Rebels on top 7-0 before Tennessee would get out of the inning.
An eighth run crossed the plate in the ninth when Yarbrough scored on a single up the middle from Overbey to give the Rebels the 8-0 lead.
Ole Miss will return to action on Wednesday with a midweek contest at Southern Miss. The game will begin at 6 p.m. The Rebels will then continue to play on the road with a three-game series at LSU next weekend.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 22-28, 2014Football- No. 10 Ole Miss used a dominant defensive effort to put away Memphis 24-3 on Saturday, setting up one of the biggest games in recent history this coming Saturday against the Alabama... read more
Tuesday 9/23 at 4PM
@CoachHughFreeze reveals the helmets to the @olemissfb team at team meeting. pic.twitter.com/8jpVCvny4p— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September 29, 2014 2.
Wed 9/24 at 4PM
@OleMissFB practice hidden indoors so that team practice in helmets for safety reasons. pic.twitter.com/vA0Oo6Ps7S— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September... read more
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. I'll handle the bulk of the notes this week, but we also have some insight from Austin Miller here as well. Let's... read more
Seeking its first win over a top-10 team since 2009, Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead but fell short to No. 10 Texas A&M, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. "I'm really happy with the team's performance," head coach Matt Mott said. "I'm... read more
Wearing the lighter blue helmets for the first time since 1994 to honor the late Chucky Mullins, the Ole Miss defense also honored his memory with perhaps the most dominant defensive performance of the Hugh Freeze Era. "Chucky would have... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 10 Ole Miss faces Memphis Saturday. Battle of the Quarterbacks Ole Miss and Memphis have both gotten steady quarterback play, as both teams rank inside the top-15 nationally in scoring offense. Senior quarterback Bo... read more
Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season, the Ole Miss soccer team played Arkansas to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Thursday night. The teams combined for 30 shots, including 13 on goal, but the game was characterized more... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' matchup with Memphis on Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Net). Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:21:20 mark. For... read more
Memphis is 2-1 heading into Saturday's matchup with wins over Austin Peay (63-0) and Middle Tennessee (36-17) and a 42-35 loss at No. 11 UCLA. The Tigers scored two early fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the Bruins at 35-35 with 13:44... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 15-21, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss went 4-0 to capture the Rebel Classic and improve to 14-0 on the season.- Through four weeks of the season, the Rebels have equaled last year's win total (14-17).- Sophomore... read more
This is the fourth 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
The Ole Miss Volleyball team remained undefeated at 14-0 and matched last year's win total with a 4-0 weekend at the Rebel Classic capped by wins over Lamar (3-0) and Jackson State (3-1) Saturday. The last three sets against Jackson... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 4 - ULL (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 2 and The Season: Ole Miss... read more