Offensive Explosion

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ole Miss broke open a close game with seven total runs in the fourth and fifth innings for a 9-1 win against Memphis at AutoZone Park Tuesday night.

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The Rebels used a couple of home runs in those innings – a two-run shot by Will Allen and a solo blast by Sikes Orvis – to do some serious damage to the Tigers.

With those two round-trippers, Ole Miss has 24 home runs on the season as a team. The Rebels only had 23 all last season.

Ole Miss improved to 26-8 on the year, while Memphis fell to 18-14.

Quoting The Rebels

* Preston Overbey (3-for-4 with 2 RBI) – "It's been a struggle, but every day I've been working with Coach (Cliff) Godwin. He's been helping me with my approach."

* Overbey on beating Memphis – "It was great. A midweek challenge. We came out and played great baseball tonight. Obviously we haven't played too well against them. We wanted to play well and get the W."

* Sikes Orvis on his homer (1-for-2 with 1 walk, a RBI and 2 runs scored; included in that a solo home run) – "I hit that one. It felt pretty good. That was one of those you hit and watch. Never hit one like that with the new bats."

* Orvis on the importance of the win – "Midweek games are always tough, especially against teams like Memphis. They always play us tough. We made a real point of coming out and beating these guys. Coach (Mike) Bianco challenged us, and it was good to see us swing the bat really well, and the pitching also."

* Winning pitcher Jeremy Massie (2-2) – "We haven't had much success against them lately. To put nine runs on them makes you feel good."

* Massie on his performance – "I felt good. Arm felt fine. Mainly attacking the zone. I used almost every pitch and just let them beat it in the ground."

* Bianco on his team with 14 hits, seven of them extra base hits – "We played well. We swung it well. Preston Overbey, Will Allen, Sikes Orvis, Will Jamison, lot of good offensive performances tonight."

* Bianco on beating Memphis – "It's no secret we haven't played well against Memphis the past few years. I have no real answer for that other than it happens in baseball. We've been playing good baseball and played well again tonight."

* Bianco on Massie – "Terrific. Pitched out of jams. Helped by a big catch early by (Auston) Bousfield in center field. Looks like possibly a couple of runs were going to score. One of those Sports Center top ten plays. Then he rolls for a couple of innings. He pitched out of it again in the fourth. Another pretty good inning in the fifth. He did what he's supposed to do."

The Game

In the top of the third inning, the Rebels got on the scoreboard first. Will Jamison tripled to the right field wall, then Braxton Lee singled to left to get him home.

Allen led off the fourth with a single to left. Brantley Bell doubled to put runners in scoring position. After Orvis walked, Overbey doubled down the third base line to make it 3-0 Rebels.

After Memphis pulled its starting pitcher, left-hander Ryan Garner and put in right-hander Trevor Sutton, Errol Robinson grounded out, followed by a Jamison ground out to drive in Orvis for a 4-0 Ole Miss lead.

Auston Bousfield led off the fifth with a double. Austin Anderson then singled to score Bousfield. That's when Allen stroked a two-run homer to left for a 7-0 Rebel lead.

After Brantley Bell struck out, Orvis sent one out of the park and into the right center bullpen of the Tigers for a 8-0 lead.

Ole Miss tacked on another run in the top of the sixth. Bousfield reached on a single to left. Anderson's double got him home for a 9-0 Rebel advantage.

Memphis got its lone run in the bottom of the sixth as five Rebel pitchers kept the Tigers mostly in check.

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