Rebs bash way to 12-4 win in opener

In a matchup between the Southeastern Conference's top offensive clubs, Ole Miss got the pitching performance it needed Friday in the first game of a weekend series at Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In a matchup between the Southeastern Conference's top offensive clubs, Ole Miss got the pitching performance it needed Friday in the first game of a weekend series at Kentucky.

Junior right-hander Chris Ellis improved to 6-0 on the season by holding the potent Wildcat offense to just two runs on five hits over seven innings. It marked the ninth quality start of the year for the pitcher who entered the game with a 1.81 ERA.

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The Rebels backed him up with 15 hits, including three by catcher Will Allen, en route to a 12-4 win at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Sikes Orvis homered as part of a two-hit night, while Errol Robinson and Preston Overbey also added two hits for No. 12 Ole Miss (31-12, 11-8 SEC).

No. 17 Kentucky (27-15, 9-10 SEC) got three hits from first baseman Thomas Bernal and an NCAA-leading 17th home run from A.J. Reed, but could not generate many threats against Ellis and the Ole Miss bullpen.

Reed (7-2) had a tough start on the mound, giving up seven runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk over three innings of work. He was victimized by an error by shortstop Matt Reida in the Rebels' six-run third inning that put UK in a deep hole.

Matt Denny pitched the final two innings for the Rebels, giving up a two-run homer to UK's Storm Wilson.


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