Two-Win Tuesday

Ole Miss has an early Southeastern Conference series this week starting Thursday night at Georgia. So Tuesday the Rebels took care of Central Arkansas in a double-header by scores of 2-1 and 4-0.

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"I thought we played well today. Very clean, great defense," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "Especially in the first game with so many diving catches for outs. In the second game we pitched well and we used so many guys. I thought we were really clean on the mound. We were able to throw the ball into the strike zone, make pitches, just a good day."

In game one, Ole Miss got the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Dylan Chavez and Brett Huber held off Central Arkansas as Ole Miss got back into the win column by a 2-1 final score.

In the fifth, Auston Bousfield led off with a single, and Austin Knight sac bunted him to second. Tanner Mathis reached on an error and Bousfield scooted to third. Austin Anderson sac bunted and Bousfield raced home to put the Rebels up a run. Alex Yarbrough singled to center field and Mathis tried to score from second but was out at the plate.

Earlier in the contest, Ole Miss scored first to lead 1-0 on a Snyder single which got Mathis home after he had singled to reach and advanced to second on a Yarbrough ground out. UCA had tied the game 1-1 in the fourth.

Sam Smith, the Rebel starter, moved to 2-2 with the win. Huber got his seventh save of the season.

In game two, Josh Laxer got the start and pitched two innings. Mathis scored on a Snyder single to give Ole Miss the early 1-0 lead. Mathis had reached on a base hit and moved to second on a sac bunt by Will Jamison.

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In the third the Rebels added a couple of runs for a 3-0 lead. Snyder grounded into a double play but Mathis, who had reached on a base hit, scored. A Will Allen single got Jamison home who had singled.

A wild pitch in the fifth scored Snyder after he doubled and moved to third on an error. That put the Rebels up 4-0, and that's the way it ended.

All totaled, the Rebels used five pitchers in game two – Laxer, who is 3-0 with the win, Casey Mulholland, Jon Andy Scott, Hawtin Buchanan, and Chris Ellis.

Bianco said it was good to get several guys to the mound.

"You wonder how 14 innings is going to turn out, yeah we'd like a few more runs to make it a little easier. But the truth of the matter is it was good to get Chavez and Huber in, especially Huber," Bianco said of game one. "The rest of the guys looked great. From Laxer to Mulholland, Jon Andy, Hawtin who was in just to pitch to the one guy, and to get Ellis to pitch an inning. I don't know if it went as planned but as well as expected."

The Rebels had six hits in the first game and 10 hits in the second game.

The Rebels head to Georgia and play Thursday night on ESPNU at 6:30 CT, at 6 p.m. CT Friday, and at noon CT Saturday.

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