Miscues All Around

It was arguably a case of "if things can go wrong, they will" for 16th-ranked Ole Miss Friday night.

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"Things" started badly and only got worse in the 9-8 loss to Miami (OH) Friday night.

A very uncharacteristic performance for this year's Rebels, Ole Miss was credited with four errors in the contest. Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco wasn't pleased.

"Just a tough night at the ballpark," said Bianco after his team fell to 7-2 on the season.

"You've got to give a lot of credit to Miami. They were the aggressor tonight. We couldn't get out of the third inning. Certainly they put a lot of pressure on us. But we didn't make some plays, and we didn't make some pitches. Another play and another pitch, and we could have gotten out of there with a lot less damage."

Already ahead one run after two innings, the Redhawks (4-3) scored six runs in that third to take a 7-0 lead. The Rebels were credited with three of their four errors on the night in that particular frame.

The Rebels, although answering with five runs of their own in the bottom of the third and adding solo runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the contest at 7-7, never led in the game.

Miami retook the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth at 9-7, and that would prove to be enough for the victory.

Bobby Wahl, the starter, went five innings and allowed only three earned runs, although the Redhawks scored seven while he was on the mound. He allowed eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Casey Mulholland relieved Wahl and went only an inning but was credited with the loss. The freshman right-hander allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits. But they were the two runs that put Miami back on top to stay.

The Redhawks got nothing off Chris Ellis, who allowed a hit and struck out two in the seventh and eighth innings, and Dylan Chavez, who allowed a hit but nothing else in the ninth.

"Give (Miami) credit," said junior second baseman Alex Yarbrough, a team co-captain, along with Wahl. "They came out and swung the bats early. They came out and attacked us, and we know to beat anybody we'll have to play better defense than that."

The Redhawks, who had only one error, also outhit the Rebels 13 to 9.

Yarbrough said the Rebels were obviously not at their finest but were already looking forward to Saturday.

"We know we can execute better than that, and we will tomorrow," he said.

Yarbrough did say it was a positive that the Rebels kept competing, and it's something they can take from the loss, if nothing else.

"We gave them the six-spot in the third inning, and we came right back with the five (runs)," he said. "I was really proud of the way we hung in there the entire time. We just couldn't get that big hit."

One medical casualty for the Rebels in the game was starting sophomore catcher Will Allen. He fractured the little finger on his throwing hand and did not catch the final three innings. Bianco said Allen "will be out for a while."

Senior catcher Taylor Hightower is no longer on the Rebels' roster. Freshman Austin Knight caught the seventh and eighth innings, while junior Kody Sepulveda caught the ninth. No Saturday starter at catcher was named after the Friday contest.

Saturday's game is at 12:30 p.m. R.J. Hively, the senior right-hander, is set to go for the Rebels. Junior right-hander Brooks Fiala is the scheduled starter for Miami.

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