Three-beat

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ole Miss needs a restart. A week ago that didn't appear to be the case when the Rebels swept Tennessee. This week they lost four games, one at Arkansas State and now three at Vanderbilt.


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They'll get the chance to start again at the Southeastern Conference Tournament Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. when the ninth-seed Rebels and fourth-seed Kentucky Wildcats play the opening game of the 10-team event.

"When you're playing well going into postseason, you're trying to ride that momentum," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "After a weekend like this you've got to turn the page. We have to find ourselves in Hoover, go over there and play well again."

Saturday's regular season finale vs. Vanderbilt sums up the Rebels in a nutshell. They can often hit, they just often can't score – enough.

Ole Miss lost 6-3 Saturday but had 10 hits on the day. Vandy was more efficient with its 10 hits.

The Rebels (34-22 overall, 14-16 SEC) got a run in the first inning but left two stranded. Vandy tied it in the bottom of the first and added a run in the second and two more in the third. The way the weekend had been going for the Rebels, the 4-1 deficit at that point seemed insurmountable.

Ole Miss left 27 stranded in three games; Vandy only 14. Both teams had 26 hits on the weekend.

In game three starter R.J. Hively (5-5) was not at his best. He made it through three and a third innings with four runs, three earned. He had five strikeouts and two walks but left the game following a one-out double in the fourth.


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Bianco said the Commodore hitters had something to do with Hively's struggles.

"They made him work as much as anybody has all year," Bianco said after Vandy improved to 29-25 and 16-14.

Aaron Greenwood came in and gave the Rebels a solid 2.1 innings and just one run allowed. Brett Huber closed things out with one run allowed.

Ole Miss trailed 6-2 but had the bases loaded when Matt Snyder came up to bat in the ninth. His blast that would have tied it found the warning track just shy of the right field wall. One run scored and that would be all the Rebels would get.

"I thought I hit it pretty good. I thought I squared it up," Snyder said. "It was about 370 feet of happiness."

Tanner Mathis and Auston Bousfield were each 3-for-4 on Saturday. Amazingly Alex Yarbrough had only one hit in three games and that was in the finale.

Snyder said the only positive he could find for the team to take from this weekend was that things can only get better.

"It doesn't really get worse than this. We have to forget about what happened," Snyder said.

"A tough weekend," Bianco concluded. "(The Commodores) are really playing well. We just really could never get it going."

They'll get a chance at a new start bright and early Tuesday morning.


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