Participation Win

Ole Miss scheduled a makeup game of a TCU rainout with instate foe Jackson State. The going was easier than had it been the Horned Frogs as the opponent Wednesday night. Final: Rebels 13, Tigers 1.


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Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco basically unloaded the bench after the Rebels built a solid lead midway through the contest.

"A really well played game by us, a clean game," Bianco said after his team improved to 7-1 on the season. "A lot of guys got in for their first time, either this year or maybe in their career. Usually when that happens, there's some good and bad. But there was a lot of good tonight."

Freshman RHP Josh Laxer made his first start and got the win, going four innings and giving up a run on five hits with a strikeout. After that, the arms rolled in and out of the game.

Junior RHP Tanner Bailey with two innings of four strikeouts and a walk; freshman RHP Hawtin Buchanan an inning with two strikeouts and a walk; senior LHP Jon Andy Scott with an inning of three up, three down; and sophomore RHP Aaron Greenwood with an inning of one-hit, two-strikeout baseball.

Offensively Ole Miss only came up with eight hits. But JSU pitchers, all seven of them, walked 13 Rebels.

At the plate, Ole Miss was led by senior outfielder/DH Zach Kirksey, who for this game was in left field. He was 2-for-3 with a walk and five RBI, including a three-run home run in the second to put Ole Miss up 3-0.

"A big night by Kirksey," Bianco said. "Five RBI and really the guy that gave us some separation."

Junior catcher Kody Sepulveda launched one into the home bullpen late, a two-run shot that were the final runs for the Rebels. It was his first career homer as a Rebel.

Freshman catcher Austin Knight made his Rebel debut late in the game, while others that saw action who hadn't seen much so far this season were freshman infielder Jake Overbey, junior infielder John Gatlin, and freshman DH Sikes Orvis.

"Sepulveda's been catching in the bullpen all night, you call down for him (in the eighth), he takes his stuff off, puts his batting gloves on and takes a good cut. Just a good night for us," Bianco said.

Bianco also said he was pleased his team stayed focused and continued to build on the lead.

"I thought we had a good approach tonight," he said. "We only had eight hits but we walked a lot and scored 13 runs. Some HBPs and we took advantage of some errors. Some nights that's what it takes."


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