Rebels Tame Tigers in Rout

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A steady dose of small ball and a few extra base hits combined with clutch pitching to dispose of Memphis and get Ole Miss back on the winning track.

The Rebels (29-17) received a serviceable effort from starter Brett Bukvich and pressured the Tigers (16-28) into multiple mistakes to beat Memphis 10-1 Wednesday before a capacity Nat Buring crowd of 737.

Bukvich (2-1) was solid in his start, going 5.1 innings and allowing one run while scattering five hits for the win. The left-hander struckout four Tigers while walking four as well.

"I didn't have my best stuff, but I made the pitches when it mattered," Bukvich said. The guys turned some double plays behind me, and we got out of a couple jams. It was a good night."

The Rebels turned two double plays that ended early Tiger threats.

Rory McKean put up zeros in 2.2 innings on the mound, and Wade Broyles worked the ninth to close the affair.

Cody Overbeck, Tim Ferguson and Logan Power all rapped two hits apiece, while Brett Basham executed two sacrifice bunts.

Ferguson scored three times and recorded an RBI, and Power was the lone player to leave the yard.

"A really complete effort," Mike Bianco said. "The offense really looked good late and had some nice extra-base hits. We were also able to put a lot of pressure on Memphis with bunts and steal. And then the defense was incredible, especially in the middle."

Brennon Martin picked up the loss for Memphis, suffering four hits and three runs in 4.2 innings of work. The southpaw struckout five and walked one.

Power gave the Rebels the lead with a solo blast to begin the fourth inning. The junior pulled a fastball from Martin and sent it over the leftfield wall, 15 feet right of the foul pole.

An inning later, Ole Miss added two runs, beginning with a double by Ferguson to score Kyle Mills from first base. Mills walked to open the opportunity, and Ferguson moved to third when Memphis barely missed tagging out Mills at home. Brett Basham followed with a suicide squeeze on the first pitch to score Ferguson.

Memphis ran Bukvich in the sixth inning with a walk and a single to put men on the corners. McKean entered and surrendered an RBI single, but a strikeout and a nice 6-4 putout between Ferguson and Zach Miller ended the threat.

However, it didn't take long for Ole Miss to answer, as three Rebels crossed the plate a half inning later. Jordan Henry reached on an error to start the inning and stole second moments later. Pinch hitter Cullan Kight followed with a single to score Henry and advanced to second on the throw.

Ferguson sacrificed Kight to third, but the Tigers botched the throw, allowing Kight to score and Ferguson to move to second. Basham bunted to advance Ferguson, who scored on an error by the Memphis third baseman a batter later.

"It is a lot of fun right now," Ferguson said. "Coach sat down with me and Sean (Stuyverson), and we mapped out the next few games. We are alternating and seeing if someone takes control. I personally think this switching will continue, but I had a good night tonight. I was seeing the ball well, and Zach (Miller) and I took care of some grounders in the middle"

Power struck again in the eighth with a two-out, two-run single to score Ferguson and Henry, and Overbeck blooped a ball into left to score Hubbard right after. Power later crossed on a wild pitch.

The Rebels return action Wednesday against Jackson State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Swayze Field/Oxford-University Stadium.

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