MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Rebels used a pair of big middle innings, including a fifth inning that featured two home runs, as No. 13 Ole Miss (26-8) defeated Memphis (18-15) by a score of 9-1 Tuesday night at AutoZone Park.
Will Allen and Sikes Orvis both hit home runs in the fifth inning to help the Rebels break the game open on the way to the win. Allen went 2-for-3 on the night with two runs scored and two RBI. Preston Overbey went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Jeremy Massie (2-2) picked up the win for the Rebels, working 5.0 scoreless innings with four hits and two strikeouts.
Ryan Garner (0-3) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk through his 3.0 innings of work.
“We swung the bat well tonight and really played well,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “The middle of the lineup really produced for us tonight, but we had a lot of good offensive performances all around. Jeremy (Massie) was terrific and pitched his way out of a jam with a little help from (Auston) Bousfield in center and then really cruised through the next few innings.”
Ole Miss got on the board in the third inning when Will Jamison scored on a Braxton Lee single to left center. Jamison opened the inning with a triple to right to set up the score on the Lee hit, giving the Rebels the early 1-0 lead.
The fourth inning saw the Rebels break things open, pushing three runs across the plate to take a 4-0 lead on the Tigers. Ole Miss loaded the bases to start things off with a single from Will Allen, a double from Brantley Bell and a walk of Sikes Orvis. Preston Overbey then drove a two-RBI double down the left field line to bring home Allen and Bell to get the scoring started.
Orvis then scored two batters later when Jamison hit a ground ball to second and the Rebel first baseman crossed the plate for the third run in the inning.
Four more runs came home in the fifth as Ole Miss continued to build on the lead over Memphis.
Auston Bousfield doubled to open the frame and stole third before coming home on a single up the middle from Austin Anderson. Allen then hit a home run to left, his fifth home run of the season, to push the Rebels on top by seven runs. Orvis then hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season two batters later, this one a solo shot to right, to put Ole Miss up 8-0 after five innings of play.
A ninth run came home in the sixth inning when Anderson doubled to right, scoring Bousfield from first after the centerfielder reached on a two-out single in the previous at bat.
Memphis broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the sixth when Carter White came to the plate with two men on and one out. The Memphis catcher drove a ball up the middle to bring Jake Little home from second and cut the lead to 9-1. The Rebels turned to the bullpen for Scott Weathersby and the right-hander struck out the next two batters to end the inning and keep the Tigers from cutting into the lead more.
Ole Miss returns to action Wednesday evening, hosting the Thoroughbreds of Murray State at Swayze Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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