Rebels rout UCLA 8-0

UCLA was the first big-name opponent for No. 16 Ole Miss (12-4) this season, but the Rebels responded with big-time baseball and buried the No. 23 Bruins (7-8) 8-0 in what head coach Mike Bianco called the team's most complete game of the season before an announced crowd of 4,326.

"With the pitching, offense and defense, we were very good," Bianco said. "It was our most complete game not in runs scored or anything but because of the quality of the opponent."

Ole Miss set the pace early with runs in the first four innings while another first-rate pitching performance from Will Kline (3-0) removed any doubt from the first game of the weekend set. The Belden native picked up the win with 6.2 innings of shutout work where he scattered six hits and struck out eight.

"I didn't necessarily have my best stuff, but I was out there battling," Kline said. "I wanted to go longer than their guy. That was a big deal. But with the way the offense played tonight, all I had to do was go throw. They played the way I knew they were capable of playing"

The Rebels hammered out a dozen hits and came through in the clutch for the second game in a row. On this night, the spark can be attributed to two brothers.

Jordan and Justin Henry hit one-two respectively in the batting order and each went three-for-five and scored during the tone-setting first inning.

Jordan Henry started the game with an infield single and moved to third on Justin Henry's following single before scoring on a wild pitch. Justin Henry scored moments later when Andrew Clark grounded out to the right side.

"He (Jordan) really got us going with that single," Justin Henry said. "He used that speed and did a good job going first to third. It is always good to get runs in the first inning."

The second inning was also kind to Jordan Henry when he slapped a single back through the box to score Fuller Smith who reached on a walk and advanced to second after Alex Kliman was hit by a pitch.

"I had wondered if hitting next to Justin would happen while we were up here," Jordan Henry said. "I saw the lineup in the dugout and was really excited. I tried to get good swings and then do what I do which is run."

Freshman Clark also produced multiple hits and continued his recent tear with a run scored as well as an RBI. Preseason All-America nominee Zack Cozart launched his first home run of the season over the left field during the fourth inning as he continues to fight through an early-season slump.

That fourth inning put the game away with three runs crossing the plate during the frame. Cozart's bomb scored two, while Evan Button came home with an RBI-single by Kliman. Button doubled to lead off the inning. Ole Miss also added one run apiece in the third and seventh innings.

The victim on the night was Bruin ace Tyson Brummett (3-2), who is the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Brummett was torched for seven runs in six innings as he also threw two wild pitches.

"He (Brummett) is one of the best pitchers in the country, and you have to be excited to face a guy like that," Kline said. "The crowd was really good tonight. The stadium felt like an SEC game. The student section in right field was packed and that is good with spring break starting."

Senior Craig Rodriguez closed out the game for Ole Miss in relief of Kline. He tossed 2.1 innings of one-hit baseball.

"The pitching has been just unbelievable," Justin Henry said. "Will was just so good tonight, and then you have Lance (Lynn) who only has one win, but his ERA is better than Will's. They keep us in every game and it is nice to help them out tonight."

Ole Miss and UCLA continue their series Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Lance Lynn (1-2) will go for the Rebels against the Bruins' Tim Murphy. Murphy played centerfield on Friday night but has two mound appearances on the season. He is currently 0-0 with a 21.60 ERA.

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