Moving On

HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss finally found some offense late in Thursday's game against Vanderbilt and won 7-2. But it took a while to get going against Tyler Beede, a pitcher that Ole Miss assistant coach Cliff Godwin called "a first-rounder" in the postgame.

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The score was 2-1 Ole Miss when Vandy finally pulled Beede. It was the top of the seventh inning, and Beede hit designated hitter Colby Bortles with a pitch and followed that up with another hit batter, Preston Overbey. Commodore head coach Tim Corbin had seen enough.

Brian Miller relieved Beede and that's when the Rebels continued to make things happen on offense.

Errol Robinson sac bunted the runners to second and third, so there was one out. Braxton Lee then was intentionally walked, and Auston Bousfield followed that by hitting the first pitch he saw into left field, scoring Will Jamison who was pinch running for Bortles. That made it 3-1 and something big was in the works for the Rebels.

Austin Anderson then got two more runs home with a single to make it 5-1 as Overbey and Lee scored. On an at-bat by Will Allen, Anderson then got hung up between first and second. But that let Bousfield score and it was 6-1.

That's the way things stood at stretch time, and Vandy was in trouble.

However, the Commodores fought out of that trouble immediately, getting a run and loading the bases. But Aaron Greenwood, who had replaced starter Jeremy Massie earlier, got the Rebels out of it. And the score was 6-2 Ole Miss.

Backing up a bit, Massie had gone 4.1 innings, but the Commodores got a one-out walk by Dansby Swanson in the bottom of the fifth. When Massie tried to pick him off, he threw the ball away to first and allowed Swanson to move all the way to third.

Massie's day was done, and that's when Greenwood came in to try to hold the Commodores right there. And he succeeded with a strikeout of Xavier Turner, followed by a groundout by Bryan Reynolds.

Later, Josh Laxer came in to pitch the eighth and finished the game, allowing no runs on one hit with a strikeout.

Quotes From The Postgame

Ole Miss assistant coach Cliff Godwin, pinch-hitting for head coach Mike Bianco who left after the game to go back to Oxford for his son Michael's high school graduation (he will return to Hoover late tonight and coach the team Friday):

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"Obviously anytime you win this time of year is awesome. Vanderbilt's a quality club, and we faced one of the best pitchers in the country today. Jeremy Massie pitched awesome, especially finding out late last night he was starting. We executed with runners at third base with less than two outs today, unlike yesterday. I thought that was the difference in the game."

Godwin on Josh Laxer:

"Laxer was fresh. He hadn't thrown in a while and was dominant. Fast ball mid-90s and controlling his slider as well. That was very good to see."

Godwin on Christian Trent not being able to start as had been predicted:

"Yesterday Coach (Carl) Lafferty watched him playing catch a little bit and then talked to him. Christian wanted the ball, but it was just the safe thing to do. We need him next weekend. He'll be day to day. It's nothing. He was just a little bit tired."

Godwin on the difference in execution from Wednesday to Thursday offensively:

"Yesterday there were three plays I talked to the team about. One was there was a runner on third base with less than two outs we didn't get home. We've been good at getting those guys home this year. Errol got picked off second base when we were trying to bunt. Then there was a wild pitch. But Will's blocked that pitch. If we do one of those things, we're still playing at least. If we do two of those three, we win the game. Today with at least three opportunities at third base with less than two outs, we executed. You've got to execute facing guys as good as Vanderbilt's pitching staff. I thought this was one of the toughest performances offensively we've had all year. Tyler Beede is a first-rounder. Our guys did whatever it took – hit by pitches, walks – to get on."

Rebel infielder Austin Anderson:

"We executed a lot better today. Yesterday we got some opportunities and shot ourselves in the foot. Today we executed and made (Beede) work. As you could see he started falling behind and giving us free base runners."

Massie on finding out about his start and preparing:

"Last night I heard I was starting and they said they wanted to give (Christian) Trent a little rest. What went through my mind was to go out there and make pitches. The first inning I kind of struggled a little bit. Coach (Bianco) talked to me about getting the ball down. Once I got the ball down, I started getting ground balls. Austin (Anderson) made great plays. An awesome double play made by Errol (Robinson) and (Preston Overbey). Just made pitches."

Vanderbilt Coach Tim Corbin on Jeremy Massie:

"He changed rhythms pretty well. The left-hander stayed off the plate and moved onto the other half of the plate. We were able to really capitalize or tag-team some at bats. He did a nice job."

Tyler Beede on his performance:

"Too many free passes. Too many walks. Not striking guys out. Those cost us innings. I certainly didn't command myself well with getting those guys out and putting us in a position to win."

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