OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore right-hander Bobby Wahl worked a career-long eight innings and held the top-ranked Gators scoreless as No. 16 Ole Miss (19-7, 4-3 SEC) shut out No. 1 Florida (23-3, 5-2 SEC) with a 3-0 victory on Friday night.
Wahl (5-0) limited the Gator offense to two hits on the way to the series opening win, walking three batters and striking out six while keeping Florida off the board. Only one Gator advanced past first base in Wahl’s time on the mound.
Junior right-hander Brett Huber then picked up his sixth save of the season and 22nd of his career, working the ninth inning. After a lead-off triple from Daniel Pigott, Huber retired the next three Gator batters on a strikeout, fly out and a groundout to preserve the shutout for the Rebels.
Hudson Randall (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work.
It was the second straight shutout for the Rebels who blanked Jackson State on Tuesday night and was the fifth shutout of the season for the Rebels.
“I thought we played really well,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Bobby (Wahl) was tremendous. He continued to make pitches even when it seemed like he fell behind. He was able to battle back and get into the strike zone. He just pitched a terrific game. We’re proud of the way Brett (Huber) came in, and he knew it wouldn’t be easy after the last two weeks. He did what he was supposed to do. He threw the ball in the strike zone and he got ahead of all of the hitters.
“We played a very clean game defensively and of course we were able to put the first inning together,” Bianco said. “Thankfully we were able to put the first inning together and we pitched really well.”
The Rebels scored three runs in the first inning and it proved to be all Ole Miss would need as Wahl kept the Florida hitters in check and held Florida off the board through eighth before turning things over to Huber in the ninth.
Tanner Mathis opened the Rebel first with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt from Austin Anderson. He then stole third before scoring on a single to right from Alex Yarbrough to get Ole Miss on the board. Matt Snyder then took an 0-2 pitch over the fence in right field to give the Rebels the 3-0 lead.
It was the fourth home run of the season for Snyder and proved to be all of the runs Ole Miss needed in the Friday night pitcher’s duel.
Ole Miss and Florida will take the field again for game two of the series at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference. Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more
Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more
Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more
Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more
The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more
We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team. The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West. This moment... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more
Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more
Rising junior running back I'Tavius Mathers turned in the highlight of the Grove Bowl Saturday with a 96-yard run before he was caught from behind by rising sophomore defensive back Kailo Moore to prevent him from scoring the touchdown. "He's... read more