Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco will replace Saturday starter Chad Smith with sophomore David Parkinson against Arkansas

Ole Miss looked more like its early-season self in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over Southern Miss.

By: Kate Robison

The midweek win was the Rebels’ first victory over the Golden Eagles since 2013, and Ole Miss ace Brady Bramlett believes the team is more confident and ready to compete against Arkansas this weekend as a result of the win. 

“Huge weekend for us,” Bramlett said. “Having that win on Sunday in Starkville then beating Southern Miss on Tuesday. It was a great confidence booster for our team. I’ve had confidence in our team since the beginning; we’re a great group of talented guys. We had a rough patch, but it’s still early in the season and I would rather have that patch early on than during game twenty of SEC play.”

While Bramlett will continue his role as the Friday night starter, Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco will go with different starters on Saturday and Sunday.

Sophomore southpaw David Parkinson will replace junior Chad Smith as the Saturday starter, but Bianco has yet to announce who will replace junior Sean Johnson on Sunday.

“I believe Parkinson is the best guy to win the game on Saturday,” Bianco said. “He was recruited to do this. He has pitched really, really well. No expectation that he will go a lot of innings, but he will go as long as he can to win the game. The reason Sunday is TBA is because it depends on what happens during the first two games.”

Pitching hasn’t been the only aspect the Rebels have struggled with recently. The Rebel bats have lost their heat as well, but Ole Miss hitting coach Mike Clement believes they’re warming back up. In the last two games, Errol Robinson has had four hits along with strong at-bats from players like J.B. Woodman. 

“There’s high expectations for Errol; he’s been a really good player for two straight years,” Clement said. “I think he got off to a slow start and put some undue pressure on himself. In this sport you can’t put that kind of pressure on yourself and have success. You gotta have some poise to you. He has worked hard to get back to his form. For now he will stay at the bottom of the line up. 

We flip around J.B., not from a lack of success. You could argue he’s our best hitter. He can handle any of those roles. I’m really proud he can hit from where ever we put him.”

First pitch for Friday’s matchup against Arkansas is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be featured on SEC Network+. Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m. CT and Sunday’s game is set for 12:00 p.m. CT. both will be on the SEC Network.

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