Twin Setbacks

Ole Miss beat Florida two of three games over the weekend and was looking to build on that momentum with a doubleheader against UAB Tuesday afternoon in Oxford. But it didn’t happen.

In two seven-inning games that nothing went particularly right for the Rebels, they dropped both games, the first 6-1 and the second 3-1.

“We just didn’t do anything well and give ourselves a shot,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “On the mound, we gave up a couple of runs early in each game. Offensively we’re not able to do much. It’s a bad combination. The teams that win consistently seem to always give themselves a chance.”

In the first game, Sam Smith went three innings and allowed three runs on four hits with a strikeout. But the senior right-hander got no offensive help. After the Blazers went up 4-0, Ole Miss scored its only run of the game when Colby Bortles singled home Errol Robinson, with two hits in the game, who had doubled.

Jacob Waguespack (three innings) and Matt Denny (one inning) finished the game. There were two unearned runs the rest of the way.

Ole Miss actually outhit UAB 8-6. Smith fell to 1-4 on the season.

In game two, the Rebels (13-12) had chances as the game remained close. But they could never get the big hit. Actually the score could have been more lopsided as UAB left 11 men on base to the Rebels' 5 in the nightcap.

The Blazers (14-9) jumped on starter Evan Anderson early and led 2-0 after the top of the first inning. The Rebel sophomore lefty lasted 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout.

The Rebels’ lone run came in the second when Henri Lartigue got a base hit to score Sikes Orvis who had walked earlier in the inning. UAB ultimately already had enough runs but added another in the fourth.

Mitchel Babb and Wyatt Short also had appearances on the mound and held the Blazers scoreless.

Anderson fell to 1-3 with the loss. The Rebels only had three hits in the game and Lartigue had two of those.

“Just didn’t show up," Orvis said. "Got to come to the ball park everyday. Doesn’t matter how good you or or how good the other team is. We didn’t show up today. Only two runs in 14 innings isn’t going to get the job done.”

“At times we’ve been good, and at times we just haven’t been (good) enough,” Bianco said. “It’s my job to fix it and we will fix it.”

Ole Miss plays at Arkansas in a Thursday through Saturday series this weekend.


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