Rebs Roll

With two more games this weekend, it remains to be seen if Vermont was just what the Rebels needed to get going this season. On Friday night, however, the Catamounts proved they might just be.

After the visitors took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth inning, the Rebels scored 17 unanswered the rest of the way to win 20-4.

"It was a good night at the plate for us," said Mike Bianco after his team moved to 5-3 on the season. "I thought we swung it well all night."

Junior shortstop Kevin Mort was one of those who had quite a night with the bat. He was 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.

"I just felt comfortable at the plate," Mort said. "In the first few games, I think I was just worried about timing and it was getting in my head a little bit. Today I just relaxed a little bit and asked the coaches what I needed to do. They helped me out and I was fortunate at the plate tonight. The guys in front of me did a job. I wouldn't have had a chance to do that if guys in front of me hadn't gotten on base."

Bianco said not only did Mort have a nice night at the plate, he also played well defensively.

"He looked terrific (at the plate) but he played great defense, too," Bianco said. "A couple of those plays, he made them easy, almost (Zach) Cozart-like. They were smoked to him, they were in between hops and he handled them. He's starting to look really comfortable."

Zach Miller was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Jordan Henry was 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored.

Ole Miss, 5-3 on the year, outhit Vermont 18-11. The Rebels had eight doubles in the game. The Catamounts committed five errors to one for Ole Miss.

Starter Aaron Barrett struggled again, this time going three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts. His ERA is 9.77 in three first-game starts on the weekends.

Bianco admitted that while they constantly evaluate situations, they will re-visit the decision to start Barrett on Friday nights.

"We will have to look at that, certainly," he said. "Your job is to come in and get people out, especially on Friday night. I have every confidence that he's going to be OK. But when you walk out there on Friday, you've got to put your best guy out there."

Reliever Rory McKean got the win, his first of the season. His three innings were scoreless for the Catamounts, and he only allowed three hits with three strikeouts.

Wade Broyles went two innings (three Ks), and Matt Tracy closed it out in the final frame (one hit, three Ks).

Vermont starter Joe Sarafin, the first of three pitchers, got the loss for the Catamounts, who are now 0-4 on the season.

Game two is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Drew Pomeranz (sophomore, LHP, 0-0, 4.50 ERA) will start for Ole Miss. Vermont is starting senior left-hander Justin Albert (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

Sunday's game is also a 1:30 p.m. start.


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