"They were terrific defensively, and I thought that was the difference in the ballgame," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, his team now 11-2 on the season. "It seemed earlyon we had so many runners on. First inning (Auston) Bousfield hits a triple, and (Austin) Anderson smokes one up the middle and we've got nothing to show for it. The pitcher stops the ball and we don't get a run? Two inches either way, even if it's an out, it's 2-1. We get nothing."
It was the story of the night. Bianco's Rebels got nine hits, just like Memphis. But defensively the Tigers stymied every Rebel opportunity until they led 4-0.
"It seemed like when they needed a great play, they made it," Bianco said. "It was just one of those nights, and I don't think we were poor offensively. We got runners on. We needed them not to make so many great plays, or we needed to hit the ball in the gaps. And we couldn't do that."
Ole Miss stranded 11 in the game.
Jeremy Massie (0-1) got the loss. The senior left-hander allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. He went four and a third innings.
He was one of four pitchers for the Rebels. Cheyne Bickel was the first pitcher called on and allowed a run on two hits in an inning pitched. Aaron Greenwood and Preston Tarkington worked the final 3.2 innings without allowing a run, while surrendering only two hits and a walk.
Caleb Wallingford (3-0) picked up the win for the Tigers, working 6.0 scoreless innings and allowing eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Nolan Blackwood picked up his third save of the season.
Ole Miss finally scored in the seventh when Bousfield got home on a sacrifice fly to center from Will Allen. Bousfield reached on a double before taking third on a groundout to first from Austin Anderson and set up the score on the Allen fly ball.
Ole Miss hosts UALR three games this weekend at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
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