Logan Power, the redshirt freshman out of Jackson Hillcrest Christian, started in leftfield for the Rebels. In the first inning, Power made a diving catch for the third out that saved one or possibly two runs by the Lions. After this, the score rocked along 0-0 into the bottom of the fifth when Power hit his second home run of the season with two out and nobody on base to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. SELA tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the sixth. The Rebels pushed across three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to win easily 6-1.
There was a unique play in the Rebel seventh, Evan Button pinch hit for designated hitter Cody Overbeck with Mark Wright on third, Logan Power was on first with one out. Button hit a ball deep into right-centerfield, the Lions centerfielder ran to wall, jumped and appeared to have the ball in his glove when he hit the wall hard. It was a bang-bang play as the ball bounced out of the centerfielders glove as he hit the wall. Wright scored from third but Power held up between first and second to see if the ball was going to be caught. Button had his head down running hard for a triple and passed Power before Power reached second base. The umpire ruled Button out for passing the baserunner and Power ended up on third base with two out. It didnt matter in this particular game but it shows another example of a base running mistake by the Rebels.
Ole Miss finished the game with eight hits led by shortstop Zack Cozart with three. Henry, Ketchum, Presley, Power and Button had one hit each. The Lions had seven hits and were led by their shortstop Richard Imhoff who had three as well.
same two teams play again tomorrow night. Freshman Jesse Simpson (0-0, 1.83 ERA)
will start on the mound for the Rebels.
This was contributed by Ole Coach.