Efficient Performance

The plan in the preseason was for Aaron Greenwood to do exactly what he did Friday night in Ole Miss' 3-2 win against Arkansas in Oxford. What was that?

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"Back before the season started, we said we didn't really have a closer," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "But we said Greenwood could be that guy who could come in in this type of game and get you nine outs. Not just be the ninth inning guy, but come in and finish.

"Aaron and I just laughed that we didn't know that it would take until May 2nd for that to happen."

Nine batters faced. Nine outs. After he got the ball from starter Chris Ellis to begin the seventh inning. But Bianco was a little concerned if Greenwood could finish, given he only has one short outing in the past three weeks due to the abdominal strain that is now apparently healed.

"I wasn't sure if he could get to the ninth," he said. "When he threw at Kentucky, he got really tired. We had some guys up and ready to go (tonight). But the way he pitched in the seventh and eighth, the ball had a lot of zip on it. Looked like he had all four pitches. He had to do it."

And he did.

The Game In Brief

Ole Miss took the lead 1-0 in the third inning when Braxton Lee doubled, followed by a RBI single from Auston Bousfield.

In the fourth, the Rebels added to their lead. Will Allen doubled and J.B. Woodman followed that with a double to get Allen home. Then Will Jamison singled to score Woodman to make it 3-0 Rebels.

Woodman was 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored to pace the Rebel attack.

In the fifth, Arkansas got two runs on a triple by Tyler Spoon to cut the UM lead to 3-2.

In the top of the sixth Arkansas rallied but got no runs. Ellis pitched out of a jam, with two runners in scoring position and only one out. He got Michael Bernel to strike out and Bobby Wernes to fly out.

After that, UA starter Trey Killian, who went all the way, didn't allow another run. And Greenwood didn't allow anything for the Razorbacks either.

Chris Ellis
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Greenwood got his second save of the season. Ellis with the win is now 7-0. Killian fell to 2-8.

Quoting The Rebels

Ellis on his game: "I didn't really have my command. It wasn't exactly there. But I worked out of it and made pitches when I needed to. I threw a lot of curve balls in there when it got tough for me. But I tried to throw everything in there and tried to get them to put the ball in play."

Ellis on Greenwood: "He came out there and just dominated. Throwing pitches for strikes. Filling it up. Great to have him back, a great arm in the bullpen."

Woodman on his game: "I knew (Killian) was going to throw a lot of strikes. So I was ready to hit the fast ball. I did an alright job of it. It took us a little bit, but we definitely got going."

Woodman on his improvement as the season has moved on: "I feel a lot better at the plate. My swing is a lot more consistent. I'm making better swings at pitches, so it's a lot better. My swing's always been to left field. I've been working with Coach (Cliff) Godwin on pulling the ball. It's come a long way."

Bianco on Woodman: "He looks terrific. Every day you see him and you get more excited about his future and what kind of player he is. We've been watching his maturation from late August. He swings the bat. Today he DH'ed. He's just really playing well for us."

Saturday Game

Game two of the series is at 2:15 p.m. The Rebels are now 34-13 overall and 14-8 in the Southeastern conference. The Razorbacks are 29-19 and 10-12.

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