The Rebels held an intrasquad scrimmage to open up spring baseball practices

Ole Miss opened up spring practice with an intrasquad scrimmage on a warm and sunny Friday at Swayze Field.

The red team led by junior third baseman Colby Bortles won 4-1 against junior pitcher Brady Bramlett's blue team. Bortles who had a two-run homer in the first inning, is confident in the Rebels offensive play heading into the 2016 season.

"We have to take a lot on our shoulders now that (former Ole Miss first baseman) Sikes is gone," Bortles said. "I think there are a lot of guys that are under the radar on our team that have a lot of power, so I think that's something to look forward to going into this year. You'll be surprised how many people are going to hit home runs for us."

Junior left fielder Kyle Watson also scored for the red team while freshman outfielder D.J. Miller hit a homer for the blue team's only run of the day.  

Bramlett started on the mound for the blue team, and first year junior Chad Smith got the start for the red team. Bramlett is the lone returning starting pitcher for the Rebels, while Smith is a newcomer who has impressed coaches and teammates.

"Brady is the guy coming back for us and he should have a good year," Bortles said. "Chad's coming in from JUCO and he had a good fall."

The Rebels will return to action on Saturday in another intrasquad scrimmage. The scrimmage is open to the public, and first pitch is set for noon. Ole Miss will start the 2016 baseball season on Feb. 19 at home against Florida International.

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