Midweek Win

Ole Miss scored five runs through three innings and let its pitching and defense do most of the rest in a 6-1 Tuesday night win against Arkansas-Little Rock.

"A pretty clean game for us," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said after his team improved to 29-11. "Offensively it looked like we were going to have a really good night, and then we just kinda settled in there. That's probably the only disappointing thing about tonight."

Nathan Baker got the start and pitched five and a third innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

"I thought Nathan was tremendous," Bianco said. "To come off a Saturday where he threw a lot of pitches and pitched like four and two-thirds and then he comes back and gives us that kind of effort."

The junior lefty, who allowed three hits and a run against Florida in the Rebels' 8-4 loss, said he felt fine pitching on short rest.

"I felt good but I didn't exactly have the greatest stuff today," said Baker, who got the win and is now 3-0 this season. "But I had great defense behind me and we had a lot of bats today. There were a lot of ground balls and a lot of bat finders today, to be honest."

The Rebels did enough damage to the visitors in the bottom of the first inning to win it. After Logan Power walked and Matt Smith doubled, Zach Miller got them both home on a single past the shortstop.

After the Trojans (9-26) got a run in the top of the second, Ole Miss got two more runs in the bottom of the second. After Evan Button walked, Brett Basham sent one out of the park over the left field wall.

The Rebel senior catcher hadn't seen a lot of game time lately and was happy to contribute in a big way.

"I haven't had the best luck at the plate so far this year," he said. "I knew I was going to get a fast ball. It wasn't necessarily an ideal pitch to hit. But I was able to get it out of there."

The Rebels added a run in the third when Miller, who had doubled, scored on a wild pitch all the way from second base after he was already stealing third and raced on home.

Ole Miss got the game's last run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Power.

Aaron Barrett pitched 2.2 innings, with six strikeouts and two walks, and Matt Tracy finished things up pitching the ninth with a hit and a strikeout.

UALR starter Jake Sullivan (3-4) got the loss.

Ole Miss got nine hits to the Trojans' five.

*** Rebel Notes:

*** The Rebels wore green baseball caps with an "M" on them as a part of Green Week 2009 at Ole Miss. They had previously worn them on St. Patrick's Day in a win at Arkansas State.

*** Kevin Mort has some lower back pain, and Tim Ferguson has an eye infection.

"Both could have played tonight but we decided against it," Bianco said.

He didn't mention if they would play at Southern Miss Wednesday night.

*** Basham said his injured foot is improving. He dropped a weight on it in late March.

"During the LSU series it was hurting pretty bad," he said. "I had some stitches in there and it was pretty painful. I couldn't put any pressure on it, because it was putting pressure on my big toe. As a catcher you're on your toes and feet the entire time. I'm getting some movement back in it. It's feeling better."

*** Brett Bukvich (5-1, 3.49 ERA) gets the start for the Rebels at USM Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles are 25-14 on the season. This game was originally scheduled for March 25 but was rained out.


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