Running For Home

Ole Miss fans had been wanting something to happen in a close game. When Sikes Orvis singled on a hit and run after Senquez Golson had reached on a base hit, they got what they were waiting for.

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Golson, the freshman speedster, never checked up as he headed home to the cheers of those attending.

Ole Miss and Memphis had been tied 2-2 since the third inning, but the Rebels had actually already taken a 5-2 lead before Golson's gallop. With things already leaning their way, the Rebels simply finished a five-run eighth to basically put it out of hand.

"I thought it was a really well played game and a really well pitched game," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "You're very limited in hits on both sides with good defense, and the pitchers did a terrific job. And (offensively) we were able to put an inning together. We were able to put together like nine quality at-bats in a row."

The important eighth inning for the Rebels began with a single to right by Auston Bousfield. Alex Yarbrough then sac bunted him to second, and Matt Snyder singled to score Bousfield and give the Rebels a 3-2 lead.

Will Allen flew out to right to score Will Jamison who pinch ran for Snyder. Andrew Mistone, already aboard with a base hit, scored on a Golson single.

Mistone tags out a Tiger after a rundown
Bruce Newman

That's when Golson stood on first base, took a lead, then took off running as freshman Orvis singled. And Golson never stopped until he'd scored.

"In the dugout we laughed about it (prior)," Bianco said. "It was 3-2 (count) with two outs, and he's running on the pitch. I said he's gotta score on a single. Bousfield started laughing. I said that had happened to us before. Jared Mitchell at LSU scored on basically about the same type of ball. The outfielders aren't prepared for that. I didn't think (the Memphis outfielder) would throw it home. I thought he would throw it to second.

"But he threw it home," Bianco continued. "There are only special people that can do that (score from first base)."

Dylan Chavez (1-0) got the win for the Rebels as he pitched 2.2 innings of relief, allowing nothing, with a couple of strikeouts, facing eight batters.

Memphis reliever Tyler Farley (0-1) got the loss.

Ole Miss outhit Memphis 11-7, but it took a while for the Rebel offense to get on track. Snyder said credit Memphis starter Michael Wills.

"He did a good job, and you have to tip your hat to the guy," Snyder said. "We didn't get many hits and runs off the guy. The biggest thing for us was that we had a lot of quality at-bats. We had like 25 quality at-bats. You have that many quality at-bats, you're definitely going to win a bunch of games."

Wills pitched six innings and allowed just one earned run before giving way to three relievers who weren't able to diminish those quality at-bats for the Rebels.

Blake Newalu actually paced Ole Miss at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI.

Ole Miss, now 6-1, hosts Jackson State Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in a game that does not appear on the schedule. It is a makeup game for Ole Miss. The Rebels and TCU had a game rained out in Ft. Worth on opening weekend.

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