The Rebels (4-2) won the Friday night game 10-3, but followed that up with a 3-1 loss in game one Sunday and a 3-2 victory in the finale.
Brady Bramlett was the story of game one on Sunday. Ole Miss lost the game but the sophomore right-hander had a college career-high 11 strikeouts with one walk, one hit, and no runs in six innings of work.
“I’m a fast ball guy, and that’s always the plan. Just work off the fast ball,” Bramlett said. “I just got in a rhythm. Everything felt good.”
Bramlett said everything seemed to be going his way.
“All my pitches were working,” he said. “Primarily today we went fast ball and slider. We always work hard on my offspeed in the bullpen. So I try to carry that over into the games.”
Bramlett said he wasn’t keeping count of the Ks but fans were.
“I heard one fan at one point yell ‘Thanks for the free Abner’s, Bramlett.’ So I knew at that point I must be getting up there,” Bramlett said of the promotional chicken giveaway.
“He misses a lot of bats, just a heavy sneaky fastball and really locates it well,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Another really good day for him. He gave us everything he could for six innings.”
Scott Weathersby had five strikeouts in three innings but allowed a three-run home run in the seventh that provided the Raiders’ only runs.
Weathersby (3 innings, three runs, three hits, two walks, five strikeouts) was saddled with the loss.
In game two on Sunday the Rebels were able to hang on for the victory, thanks to a terrific double play to end it.
Two Wright State batters were aboard in the top of the seventh inning, the final frame of the game, with Ole Miss leading 3-2. Wyatt Short got a strikeout of Mark Fowler, followed by a Michael Timm walk.
Andrew McCafferty then came up and hit into a double play that went Robinson to Blackman for the game.
“Relief. Absolutely. Winning this third game was really important to us,” Robinson said. “We’re just playing baseball and having fun out there.”
After the Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, Ole Miss answered with two runs in the bottom of the third. J.B. Woodman hit into a double play that scored Josh Watkins who had earlier singled. Errol Robinson then singled to score Tate Blackman who had doubled to reach.
After Wright State scored in the fourth to make it 2-2, the Rebels were still in a bit of a jam. Bases were loaded with one out. Sam Smith got the second out, was pulled, and Wyatt Short got the last out.
Ole Miss had a huge opportunity in the fourth inning with bases loaded. Watkins was on first and had a lead toward second. After a swinging strike by Blackman, WSU catcher Sean Murphy made a snap throw to first baseman Gabe Snyder who tagged Watkins out to end the frame and leave things 2-2.
In the fifth inning after reaching first on a single and stealing second, Cameron Dishon scored on a double by Woodman to give the Rebels a one-run lead.
Wyatt Short (3.1 innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, four strikeouts) got the win.
Sunday Sound Bytes:
* Robinson on playing shortstop with Blackman at second base: “I trust him 100 percent. That’s a great second baseman over there. I love him over there and we’ve really been clicking. We haven’t turned many double plays, but we turned one that was pretty important today.”
* Blackman on getting his first college hits on Sunday: “The coaches just kept on putting me out there. I know they had trust in me. I just kept trying to have good at-bats. I put a lot of pressure on myself this preseason, but at the end of the day it’s just baseball. Playing for my Rebs, play for my family, play for my boys, and my coaches. It was a great win. Very excited about that.”
* Blackman on what he sees from the Rebels’ offense: “We’re working hard. We’ve still got some pieces to work on. As of today I think we’re getting better and better each game. We work hard in the indoor. Coach (Mike) Clement talks to us a lot about the pitchers we’re facing. We’re getting better every day, and that’s the name of the game.”
* Bianco on his team’s offense this weekend: “We obviously didn’t have a very good day. I don’t really have the answer for that. We’ll go back and look at these games. I think they pitched really well. Defensively they made some really good plays. They didn’t give us very many opportunities. But not a real good day for us offensively.”
* Bianco on Blackman’s first hit of his college career: “It seemed like once he got it, the swing started becoming a little different. Hopefully we got him going, and that’s nice to see.”
* Bianco on Sam Smith: “Sam felt good. Really I thought he pitched better. The stuff was more what we talked about, pitching off the fast ball more, pitching off the slider more. I thought he pitched better today. Obviously the command was much better.”
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