Not Even Close

A six-run third inning was all Ole Miss needed to get past Kentucky 10-3 on Saturday and take the series. The Rebels won 4-3 Friday night. Game three is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

"We played well," said Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco. "A pretty clean game and offensively we were able to put an inning together early, which hasn't been our M.O. the last week or so, to score and score early. We had some good at-bats and laid off some pitches. We had some hits that found holes."

The Rebels production came in the form of 15 singles and one double, which was the last hit of the contest for Ole Miss, a Matt Smith double in the eighth.

Smith went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. He was just as happy with singles as anything else, he said, as long as his team wins.

"I'll take 15 singles any day," said Smith, after the Rebels improved to 21-8 on the season and 7-4 in Southeastern Conference play. "As long as I'm getting on base, I'm happy."

The Wildcats (18-11, 4-7) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. But the Rebels responded in a big way in the bottom of the frame. When the final out of the inning was recorded, Ole Miss had singled five times, walked three times, and sent 11 batters to the plate.

A couple of one-out walks by Taylor Hashman and Logan Power opened the door. Jeremy Travis singled home Hashman. Kyle Henson loaded the bases with a swinging infield hit the third baseman couldn't get to first in time.

Matt Smith got a base hit to score Power and Travis. After a Zach Miller sac bunt, Tim Ferguson's base hit scored Smith. Mort walked and Jordan Henry singled to score Ferguson.

That was all the Rebels could get in the inning, but that was more than enough to win the game.

UK starter Chris Rusin made it through that and more. He went through five but gave up those six runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Four subsequent UK pitchers did better at keeping the Rebel offense in check. But the Cats' bats weren't doing much along the way.

Pomeranz almost made it through seven if not for a play that Smith failed to make. The third-year sophomore fielded a Chad Wright hit that appeared to be routine. But Smith fielded the ball, ran a few steps toward home and away from first base, then tried to tag Wright but missed. There were two outs at the time and after Chris Bisson got a single after that, Pomeranz was pulled.

David Goforth came in and got Chris Wade to fly out to Logan Power in right.

Pomeranz (6.2 IP, one run, seven hits, eight strikeouts, two walks) was not able to pitch Friday night as scheduled because of a stomach problem.

"I felt good today," he said. "I felt it a little this morning, but on the mound I didn't feel it at all. It wasn't a factor at all."

Ole Miss added two runs in the seventh to make it 8-1 when Evan Button singled allowing Henson and Smith to score, who had both singled.

After that Power singled over the third baseman's head and got Button home as well as Mort, who had singled. That gave the Rebs a 10-1 advantage.

UK, which had 10 hits on the day, added a couple of unearned runs off Nathan Baker in the ninth to close it out.

Pomeranz (3-0) got the win, while Rusin (4-2) got the loss.

Ole Miss and Kentucky wrap things up Sunday at 1:30 p.m. as senior RHP Scott Bittle (1-2, 3.06 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Rebels and junior LHP James Paxson (4-1, 5.52 ERA) will start for the Wildcats.


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