McArthur improved throughout the game however, as he pitched five innings, struck out seven batters and allowed only four hits. Down 2-0 with one on in the bottom of the second inning, Rebel second baseman Tate Blackman cranked a ball over the left field wall for a two-run homer. A Cam Dishon single later in the inning gave Ole Miss its first lead of the day, which the Rebels never relinquished, winning 8-2. The Ole Miss bullpen continued its outstanding play as three Rebel relievers combined to give up only three hits and no runs.
Mike Bianco on James McArthur's performance: "He's growing each weekend and getting better. It was a tough first inning. I think he's still trying to feel his way through it. Gets a two strike base hit, and then he's about to get out of it, but they hit a ball in the air and it gets out of here. Next thing you know he's down 2-0, but he hangs in there and competes. He struggled for an inning or two, but then it looked like he found it a little bit and got deep in the game. We really needed that today."
Tate Blackman on his home run: "It was definitely a good swing I had. The wind got most of it and it just kept going. I was proud of my swing."
Cam Dishon on what the Rebels need to improve on: "I think one way we're gonna get better is defense. We've been sloppy these past few weeks, and we're going to clean that up. As for this team, we battle. Not everybody might bring it everyday, but somebody's going to come through and we're going to get the win."
- Tate Blackman, Colby Bortles and Cam Dishon had home runs against UT-Martin.
- With his fourth home run of the season, Dishon is tied with J.B. Woodman for the most this season.
- The Rebels are 20-2 for the first time in program history.
The Rebels return to action on Thursday to begin a three game series against South Carolina. First pitch is set for 6:30 PM CT. The game will be streamed online on the SEC Network + and Watch ESPN.