Rebels hit the ball all over the place at ASU

JONESBORO, Ark. – The Rebels pounded out a season-high 21 hits to score a season-high 14 runs as No. 14 Ole Miss (14-5) defeated Arkansas State (8-9) by a score of 14-1 on Tuesday.

The Rebel offense took control of the game early, highlighted by an in-park home run from Jordan Henry in the second inning, before Ole Miss broke the game open with a six run fifth inning.

Jordan Henry led the Rebels with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with three runs and two RBI. He also drew a walk on the night. Logan Power finished the day 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Six Rebels notched multiple hits on the night.

Nathan Baker (2-1) picked up the win for the Rebels as he turned in 5.0 innings of work with one run on three hits as he walked none and struck out three batters. Four other pitchers saw action on the mound for the Rebels as Jesse Simpson, Rory McKean, Phillip Irwin and Justin Cryer all turned in an inning of work each.

Jett Jones (0-1) suffered the loss for the Indians as he gave up eight runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

"This was one of those nights where we played well and got a great offensive performance," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "Hopefully we can continue this into the weekend against Vanderbilt."

The Rebels opened the game with three straight hits and two runs as Jordan Henry singled to second and Justin Henry beat out the throw for a bunt single to put two runners on. Zack Cozart then laced a double down the left field line to score both Henry brothers and give Ole Miss the 2-0 lead. Cody Overbeck was hit by a pitch before C.J. Ketchum grounded into a double play at second, but Cozart advanced to third on the play. Zach Miller singled up the middle in the next at bat to score Cozart and push the Rebel lead to 3-0.

Arkansas State responded in the bottom of the first, loading the bases with one out. Ryan Hudgins grounded out to shortstop for the second out, but the play pushed Brandon Eller across the bag. The run cut the Rebel lead to 3-1.

Jordan Henry responded in the second inning, hitting an in park home run to left field with two outs. His shallow shot to left rolled to the fence as the left fielder dove for the ball, missing the catch and allowing the ball past him. Henry sped around the bases, scoring to put Ole Miss up 4-1.

Logan Power doubled down the left field line with the bases loaded, driving in all three base runners for the Rebels to give Ole Miss the 7-1 lead. Alex Kliman then doubled to left center to drive in Power and extend the lead to 8-1. Kliman moved to third on a groundout to second from Peyton Farr and then scored on a double to left field from Jordan Henry as Ole Miss took the 9-1 lead. Ole Miss added a 10th run when Justin Henry singled to second and Jordan Henry advanced to third, then scored on the throw from second to first in an attempt to get the older Henry out at the bag. Justin Henry beat the throw.

Ole Miss added three more runs in the eighth inning, extending the lead out further to 13-1 in favor of the Rebels.

Ole Miss will return to action this weekend when the Rebels take the field for a three-game set against the No. 1 Vanderbilt Commodores to open Southeastern Conference play. First-pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m.

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