Sunday Special

Sam Smith did what he normally does. He gave his Ole Miss team a chance to win on Sunday.

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In this case, it was the opportunity to sweep Arkansas-Little Rock, which Ole Miss did with an 11-1 victory.

"Sam battles," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "Sam pitched terrific and probably deserved a shutout."

Smith pitched six innings with one earned run on five hits with three strikeouts, a walk, and a hit batter. When he departed the contest, Ole Miss led 6-1.

"I thought I did a good job filling the strike zone early. I don't throw many four-seams away. But Coach B said we're going to attack this team with four-seam away. That was really working for me. They were swinging. And the infield made big plays," said Smith, the junior right-hander who is now 3-0 this season.

Neither team did anything offensively early. The Rebels finally posted the game's first run in the fourth on what appeared to be a RBI triple for Sikes Orvis. Will Allen had walked and Orvis launched one to right field that got past the right fielder. It appeared to be an error in judgment not a physical error but was ruled an official error. Orvis got a single and a RBI and advanced to third on the ruled error.

The Rebels led 1-0 but it didn't last long. The Trojans added a run in the top of the fifth for a 1-1 game.

Ole Miss came back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-1 lead. J.B. Woodman singled followed by a couple of groundouts by Errol Robinson (sac bunt) and Braxton Lee that got Woodman to third. Auston Bousfield singled to score Woodman. Austin Anderson doubled to score Bousfield. Will Allen singled to score Anderson.

Auston Bousfield scores
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Ole Miss added two runs in the sixth. Preston Overbey was hit by the first pitch of the sixth inning, and Brantley Bell moved him to second with a single on the first pitch he saw. After Woodman struck out, Robinson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Lee walked to get Overbey home. Bousfield flew out to center field to get Bell home. That gave the Rebels a 6-1 lead after six innings.

In the seventh, Ole Miss added four more runs.

The Rebels had 14 hits Sunday and 15 hits in Saturday's 11-5 win. They're spreading it around, too, as no player had more than two hits in the finale.

"They can swing it. Most days they'll put good swings on them," Smith said of his team's offense. "They just hit the ball hard like every time."

UALR starter Cameron Allen (1-1) got the loss.

The Trojans are now 8-5 on the season.

Ole Miss is at Southeastern Louisiana for games Tuesday and Wednesday.

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