It took the Rebels a while to get going offensively on Tuesday in their 10-2 victory. That wasn't the case Wednesday.
After UCA scored first Wednesday, like it had done Tuesday, to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Rebs answered plus some with three runs in the bottom of the first.
Ole Miss, 3-2 on the season, added a run in the third, four more in the fourth and an additional three in the fifth. UCA got two more in the eighth to round out the scoring.
"Another good day, another good day offensively," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "It's been all five games that I really think we've swung the bats well, and certainly that's great to see. I thought on the mound we were terrific as well. That's four out of five games we've pitched well."
The Rebels, ranked 13th nationally by Baseball America, had one lone error, but Bianco wasn't as pleased with his team defensively.
"It's disappointing we don't play better defense," he said. "We've got to tighten up things defensively. It's not just errors or anything specifically. But we're letting them have opportunities. In a closer game, we can't have that happen."
Tim Ferguson and Logan Power were the big hitters for the Rebels on this day. The sophomore third baseman was an impressive 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored. The senior left fielder was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored.
Brett Bukvich made his second appearance of the season but first start. In his initial outing, the senior left-hander struggled in relief against Mercer last Saturday in the Rebels' 13-11 loss to the Bears. Against this set of Bears, he was much better.
"Brett had a good curve ball working today, and he had a good changeup as he always does and a good, live fast ball," Bianco said after Bukvich pitched five innings, allowing a run on five hits with four strikeouts. "The difference today was that he was able to drop some curve balls in there. That's a new thing for him that he's worked on. He's always had the fast ball, slider, changeup. Now he's got another pitch in his repertoire, and it was big for him today."
After Bukvich left the game, Rory McKean (2.0 IP, 4 K), Chris Corrigan (1.0 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 K), and Michael Park (1.0, 1 K) pitched for UM.
In addition to Ferguson and Power, other multiple hitters on the day for the Rebels were junior infielders Zach Miller and Kevin Mort, both with two hits apiece.
Ole Miss outhit the Bears 15 to 8.
Power said the two lopsided wins over Central Arkansas were just what this team needed following a 1-2 start in Mobile, Ala., last weekend against Liberty (win), Mercer (loss), and South Alabama (loss).
"We started off slow down there, but these two wins have given us some momentum," he said. "Hopefully we'll have a good weekend ahead of us."
Ole Miss hosts TCU this weekend for three games. The Horned Frogs are ranked 16th and won two of three games at fifth-ranked Cal State-Fullerton last weekend.
Last season in Ft. Worth, TCU took two of three games from Ole Miss.
Rebel starters this weekend are junior RHP Aaron Barrett on Friday night, sophomore LHP Drew Pomeranz on Saturday, and junior RHP Phillip Irwin on Sunday.
Game times are 6:30 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
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