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Maybe it wasn't the best offensive game anyone's ever witnessed, but for the Ole Miss Rebels it was an absolute thing of beauty.

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Ole Miss beat Alabama 6-0 Friday night, and a whole lot of weight was, at least for now, lifted off a team that appeared to be in the doldrums.

"I'm proud of the way we played tonight with all that's been happening," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco.

Then again, maybe make that after all that's not been happening.

The Rebels have scored a run or less in five of the six games immediately before Friday night's win. It had been a struggle for them to get anything going offensively; therefore they were on a six-game losing streak. They'd lost eight of their last ten games.

"The guys had a lot of energy tonight," Bianco said. "We wanted to be super aggressive and make things happen, and put a lot of guys in motion. We had a lot of two-out RBI. Just a good first two innings to get us going."

The Rebels (24-10, 5-8 SEC) indeed scored early and fairly often. And then they didn't score any more until very late. Auston Bousfield was hit by a Charley Sullivan pitch in the first inning and came home on a Stuart Turner double for a 1-0 UM lead.

In the second, Will Allen led off with a double, and later a Tanner Mathis double got him home and it was 2-0.

In the third, Ole Miss scored two runs, first on a Sikes Orvis single that scored Turner who had reached on a fielder's choice. Andrew Mistone, who had punched a single past first base, got to third on the Orvis single. He then scored when Orvis got in a rundown between first and second.

Up 4-0, Bobby Wahl continued his work through the sixth inning when he was relieved by Aaron Greenwood to start the seventh. Wahl had a one-hitter but it was a walking problem, as has been the case this season, that plagued him some. He allowed five free passes with three strikeouts.

Auston Bousfield
Bruce Newman

The fingernail problem he's had all season still bothers him. He didn't admit it until asked about it.

The Rebels didn't get on the board again until the eighth when Will Allen sent a two-run bomb over the left field fence to make it 6-0.

Allen said there was some relief after this one was over.

"Actually we're just happy," he said. "I feel we played really well tonight. We just focused on us and not the other team. Had quality at-bats, getting in the dugout quickly, things like that. It was a fun game tonight."

Turner, Wahl's catcher, summed his starting pitcher's performance this way: "He was real special tonight. He was locked in and made pitches and competed. He worked his butt off, and I'm glad we got a ‘W' for him."

Said Allen, with two hits, "Every Friday night we feel we'll get a quality start out of (Wahl) and have a chance to win a ballgame."

Aaron Greenwood was special himself when he entered to start the seventh and was able to go the final three innings with three strikeouts and one hit.

"You can't ask for much more out of Bobby and Aaron," Bianco said.

Alabama starter Charley Anderson lasted three innings. He got the loss to fall to 3-3.

Wahl, the winner, now a perfect 7-0 on the season. Greenwood got his second save.

Ole Miss had seven hits in the game to the Tide's two.

Mike Mayers (Junior, RHP, 2-4, 3.20 ERA) goes for Ole Miss Saturday, while Justin Kamplain (Soph., LHP, 0-0, 4.34) will be on the mound for Alabama (22-14, 8-5).

Saturday's game begins at 4 p.m.

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