Greer Holston yet again overcame some shaky command early on in the game, and produced six innings of two-hit shutout baseball while the Rebels' resurgent offense manufactured 6 runs in the team's fifth consecutive victory and the second over the Golden Eagles in seven days.
Ryan Olenek and Nick Fortes each had multi-hit games, and Olenek had a pair of doubles. Fortes added two RBIs. The sophomore catcher has continued to provide an offensive spark for this team in the middle of the lineup. Will Golsan hit his second home run in as many games, and as tough as it was to gauge this weekend against some woeful Alabama pitching, this team continues to take steps in the right direction at the plate. Six different players had hits on the night. This was the fifth consecutive game that the Rebel offense has scored at least five runs in, and it is no coincidence that each one of those games have resulted in wins.
Ole Miss overcame 15 strikeouts - 12 of which belonged to USM starter Taylor Braley - and plated six runs on eight hits. Five of the Rebels' eight hits were extra-base hits and five of those hits led off innings. This was an impressive win, and a solid start for a team with an important week ahead of it.
Holston's start was just what the doctor ordered in terms of Mike Bianco being able to preserve his bullpen. Holston went six strong innings and tossed 97 pitches while stranding a host of Golden Eagle base runners. Holston mixed in his off speed stuff while he found a grip on his fastball command. Of the 13 outs he record, seven were fly ball outs and six came on the ground.
The pitching staff stranded nine total runners on the night, and scattered four hits. The only bullpen asset Ole Miss tapped into was starter-turned-reliever Brady Feigl who finished off the last three innings of the game. With a short turnaround ahead on Thursday, Holston provided a big lift and had arguably his best outing of the season. The only other one that comes close to it is the seven innings he tossed against Furman. But tonight he pitched against a lineup that was averaging 10.9 hits per game.
This was certainly a strong start to the week for Ole Miss, and if not for a couple of hiccups in the ninth inning, it would have had a shutout. It swept the season series with Southern Miss for the first time since 2010.
First pitch on Thursday against LSU is slated for 6:30 p.m.