The Rebels also benefitted from strong pitching. Redshirt junior Brady Bramlett went five innings striking out eleven, allowing only four hits and no runs. The Ole Miss bullpen continued strong play as well with senior Matt Denny and freshman Connor Green both seeing action and striking out a combined three batters while allowing only two runs. The Rebel victory was sealed by the the bottom of the fifth inning when junior Errol Robinson hit a three-run homer giving Ole Miss an 11-0 double digit lead.
Head coach Mike Bianco on Bramlett's strong night: "Looked sharp, good fastball early. Made an adjustment with his slider mid-game, threw a couple sliders and ended up striking some people out on sliders. It's hard to argue with 11 strike outs and no walks."
Bramlett on what's different about this team compared to last season: "I don't know if it's chemistry or leadership, but we're just clicking on all cylinders right now. I think from here we can only get better to where we're clicking even more."
- This was Bianco's 700th career win and 600th as head coach of Ole Miss.
- Robinson's home run was his first of the season and the second of his Rebel career.
- Bramlett struck out double digits in a start for the third time in his Rebel career.
Ole Miss returns to action on Saturday for game two against Grambling State. First pitch is set for 6:30 PM CT. The game will be televised on SEC Network + and streamed online on Watch ESPN.