Tiger Trampled

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A six-run second was plenty for Memphis as the Tigers shut down Ole Miss from start to finish in a 9-2 win.

Memphis starter Sam Moll went seven innings with nine strike outs on 120 pitches, allowing just two hits. The Rebels had multiple base runners once while Moll was in the game.

The Rebels (19-11), with only five hits in the contest, finally got a run in the eighth on an Austin Sullivan RBI single. That was followed by a wild pitch to allow Alex Yarbrough to score from third after he reached on a base hit.

Memphis (17-11) outhit Ole Miss 10 to 5.

"A tough night. We obviously played terrible," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "I don't want to take anything away from Memphis. They played well and have been playing well. They put together two really big innings where we had trouble getting them out. With two outs, they scored seven runs. We couldn't stop them in those innings."

A three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth by Eli Hynes put this one all but out of reach anyway.

"They played a lot better than we did," said Ole Miss outfielder Tanner Mathis.

Mathis said, with four losses in its last five games, the Rebels have to get it together quickly.

"It's a wakeup call. We need to wake up before the weekend," Mathis said. "We've got to stick to the plan. Friday and Saturday we hit the ball great. I felt like everybody was in high spirits and came to play. BP looked great. I don't have an answer. We'll figure it out and get out of this funk. We'll be ready to go Friday."

Bianco said it's mostly a matter of competing.

"The way we swung the bats, it didn't really matter," Bianco said. "We just didn't compete. A disappointing effort."

Game Notes:

*** The five hits for the Rebels were from Mathis, Yarbrough, Zach Kirksey, Matt Snyder, and Sullivan.

*** The winning pitcher was Moll (2-1), while Tracy (3-2) got the loss. Tracy was hit on the left elbow, his throwing arm, in the first inning. He was checked on, got out of the inning, and then gave up six runs in the second. "I don't think that's the reason," said Bianco of the elbow being hit. "He ended up throwing strikes after that. Hitter after hitter continued to put good at-bats together."

*** Ole Miss used six pitchers in the game – Tracy, Mike Mayers, R.J. Hively, Blair Wright, Bobby Wahl, and Brett Huber.

*** Matt Smith did not play. "Because of the injuries and the things that have happened to us, we've had him in right field more than I would want. He's very limited in his throws and things he's done. He's such a leader and tough kid, he wanted to play tonight. But his elbow/forearm was hurting too much. Didn't want to risk it. After BP we took him out." In his place in right was Preston Overbey. Gabe Woods got the start at third.

*** Jake Morgan threw a bullpen Tuesday before the game. "A little bit better, but we're not gaining enough ground," Bianco said. "He's getting better but not like we thought he would. We're still optimistic he's going to be OK. But it's harder to say now that you take just a few steps forward each time when he's going to be able to (pitch in a game) again."

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