Rebels Down No. 17 Wildcats 12-4 In Series Opener

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Sikes Orvis hit his 10th home run of the season against Kentucky on Friday night.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Sikes Orvis hit his 10th home run of the season against Kentucky on Friday night.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 25, 2014

Box Score

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Rebel offense got off to a quick start and junior Chris Ellis held the potent Wildcat offense in check as No. 12 Ole Miss (31-12, 11-8 SEC) defeated No. 17 Kentucky (27-15, 9-10 SEC) by a score of 12-4 to claim the series opener on Friday night.

Five batters turned in multiple-hits for the Rebels, led by a 3-for-5 performance from Will Allen and a 2-for-4 performance from Sikes Orvis that included a home run to get things started for Ole Miss in the second inning.

Ellis (6-0) picked up the win as he held the Wildcats to two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts through 7.0 innings of work. The two runs came on a home run from slugger A.J. Reed in the sixth inning as the right-hander for the Rebels kept the Wildcats in check throughout his time on the mound.

Reed (7-2) suffered the loss for the Wildcats as he allowed seven runs - two of them earned - on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work.

"I'm really proud of the team and the way we played tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "We haven't really been ourselves the last week and we got back to that tonight. (A.J.) Reed is one of the best players in the country; we just had a good night at the plate. We got some good swings and things really just opened up for us after Sikes (Orvis) hit his home run. We really just relaxed at that point."

Kentucky looked to get things started in the first inning with a leadoff double down the first base line from Austin Cousino that clipped off the glove of Orvis. Ellis then got a strikeout and a ground ball back to the mound that he flipped to third to erase Cousino from the lineup to put two away in the inning. Ellis then got a groundout to third to end the inning with no damage.

Orvis got the Rebels on the board in the top of the second, taking a pitch off the scoreboard in left center to open the frame and put Ole Miss on top 1-0.

Braxton Lee reached on a fielding error to open the third and took the lead out to two runs for the Rebels when he scored from first on a double to the wall in left from Auston Bousfield. A groundout moved Bousfield to third before Allen would drive him in with a single to center that gave the Rebels a 3-0 lead.

Errol Robinson continued the hit parade in the inning, driving in Allen from second with a single to left center. Preston Overbey then extended the inning with a two-RBI double off the wall in straight-away center as the Rebels took a 6-0 lead on the Wildcats. Will Jamison poked one over the infield into shallow left to score Overbey and Ole Miss held a 7-0 lead on Kentucky after the top of the third.

The Rebels continued to build on the lead in the sixth, adding three runs to take the score out to 10-0 behind an RBI single from Allen and a two-RBI single off the wall in right from Orvis.

Kentucky got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Reed hit a two-run shot over the wall in right field to cut the lead to 10-2 as Max Kuhn scored on the hit. Kuhn reached when he was hit by a pitch to keep the inning alive and bring Reed to the plate for the Wildcats.

The Rebels extended the lead in the ninth when a pinch hit double from J.B. Woodman started the final inning. Woodman took third on a wild pitch before a walk of Orvis would put men at the corners. Robinson then delivered a single through the left side to bring Woodman home and start a fourth rally on the night for Ole Miss.

A fly out to center moved Orvis to third before a wild pitch brought him home to take the lead out to 12-2 after the top of the ninth.

Kentucky would not go away, however, getting a two-run shot to right center from Storm Wilson to cut the lead to 12-4 on the Rebels with one out on the board. The Wildcats would get another single before Denny would get a strikeout and a flyout to end the game.

Ole Miss and Kentucky will continue the series at 12 noon CT Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium in a game televised by CSS.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • NASCAR Driver Stenhouse Jr. Visits Ole Miss

      Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Football

      NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., visited Ole Miss on Wednesday. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native spoke to various student groups, including the football team. Stenhouse Jr. presented head coach Hugh Freeze with a firesuit, and Freeze presented him with an... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 8-14)

      Monday, September 15, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 8-14, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss captured the Magnolia Invitational this past weekend to improve to 10-0, its best start in school history.- The Rebels downed UAB and Mercer 3-0 and then defeated Jacksonville State 3-1... read more

    • Historic Start to the Football Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Football

      After a 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Sunday.  Despite breaking into the top 10, the Rebels remain fifth among Southeastern Conference Western Division... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Sept. 14

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Athletics

      This is the third 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

    • Three Rebels Net First Goals of the Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Soccer

      Leading 1-0 after controlling the play for much of the game, Ole Miss opened up a 3-0 lead on Middle Tennessee with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half on the way to a 4-0... read more

    • Golson's Buy-In Pays Off

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Senior cornerback Senquez Golson has come a long way since he was a freshman.  That season, he was most notably on the receiving end of a highlight reel juke from Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Three years later, as part... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-ULL Motivational

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

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

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-ULL

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss faces Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener Saturday. Wearing the Bull's-Eye After a 2-0 start with wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt, Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll,... read more

    • Thompson Lifts Rebels to Historic Start

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Volleyball

      With a chance to make history, Ole Miss dropped a first set for the first time this season. The Rebels answered the bell winning the next three sets to defeat Jacksonville State 3-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season,... read more

    • VIDEO: Return of The Grove

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Rebel Nation Remembers Stan Sandroni

      Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Football

      Rebel Nation goes into its home opener Saturday excited for the return of football at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but also saddened by the loss of one of its most renowned voices.Stan Sandroni, 64, passed away of a heart attack late Wednesday.... read more

    • Freeze Talks Schedule, Areas for Team to Improve

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' home opener Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network.Freeze's time... read more

    • Former football player releases Chucky Mullins book

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      Former Ole Miss football player Jody Hill has partnered with Square Books in Oxford to launch his book, "38: The Chucky Mullins Effect," celebrating the life and impact of his Ole Miss teammate Chucky Mullins. Hill will be signing copies... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. ULL

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Freeze, Luke Talk Offensive Line Progress

      Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Football

      From week one to week two, head coach Hugh Freeze and offensive line coach Matt Luke are generally pleased with the progress along the offensive line. The number of false start penalties went from eight to two, while the... read more