Ole Miss defeated Alabama 10-2 to open the three-game series and in the process had 17 hits on the day. That put the Rebels at 22-21 overall and 9-10 in Southeastern Conference play. The two teams play again at 7 p.m. Saturday.
And it wasn’t just offense. The Rebels collectively were strong defensively as they limited Alabama opportunities all day. The Crimson Tide got eight hits and left six stranded.
The Rebels, as good as they were offensively, actually left 12 on base. It could have been more lopsided.
Ole Miss starter Christian Trent (8 innings, 2 runs, 1 earned, 6 hits, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk) got the win to move to 6-4, while Crimson Tide starter Taylor Guilbeau got the loss and is 2-4. Drake Robison pitched the ninth for the Rebels to finish it up.
The Rebels’ were led by Cameron Dishon (4-for-5, 2 runs scored), Colby Bortles (3-for-4, with 5 RBI, and a run scored, including a 3-run homer in the fourth), and Errol Robinson (3-for-4 with a run scored).
Alabama fell to 22-19 overall and slipped to 7-12 in SEC play.
Some postgame comments from the Rebels:
* Colby Bortles –
“I saw it well today. With the wind blowing out, I wanted to get a ball in the air and see if it would fly. I saw some pitches up and just drive it. I’m seeing it really well right now. Hitting’s a hard thing to do, but I’m seeing it well.”
* Christian Trent –
“The offense was good. But I don’t think I’ve ever pitched in a game where the defense was that locked down. It was unbelievable all the plays they made. Those were huge. I could feel in the sixth I was running out of gas. But it’s easy to pitch when you’ve got that kind of lead.”
* Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco –
“All this week (in three games) we’ve swung it better and all through the lineup. There were some good days for a lot of people. Really early (in the Alabama game) we made some spectacular defensive plays that either kept us even or allowed us to take a lead. Kyle Watson’s assist where he throws out (Cody) Henry. And Errol (Robinson) makes two great plays in the first inning. A lot of good defensive plays to make it a little easier on Trent. I thought once Trent found his rhythm, he kind of cruised a little bit. The best slider of the year for him.”
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