"I thought we were terrific tonight," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "It's just one of those games that gets out of hand early. And we don't have many of those games."
But they did Wednesday night. The visiting Golden Lions committed four errors in the contest and trailed 14-0 before scoring a run.
UAPB picked up a run in the top of the third, a home run by Zac Varnell, and another run in the top of the fifth, and that was it.
Ole Miss, paced by three-hit performances from Brett Basham, Evan Button, David Phillips, and Matt Snyder, scored early but then less often. Still this one was decided well before sundown at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
The Rebels got 21 hits off five UAPB pitchers, and the Ole Miss staff, also five strong on this night, allowed eight hits. The Golden Lions fell to 20-22 on the season.
Zach Miller had a nice bottom of the first inning as the Rebels sent 14 men to the plate. The fourth-year junior walked to lead things off and later sent a ball over the wall, also scoring Basham who had singled.
Basham also got a round-tripper himself, a three-run shot in the second, which scored Mike Snyder, who had walked, and Button who reached on a base hit.
"I felt really comfortable out there," said Basham, who was a triple shy of the cycle. "I tried to shorten my swing a bit and not get big. In that type of game, it's easy to kind of get a big swing and go for it all. But I wanted to stay in good habits and work on some things. This was a good time to do that. For the most part I was pleased."
Bianco said the Rebels now look to the month of May and the remaining Southeastern Conference games ahead.
"This was a nice win for us, and it looks like it will be our last non-conference game," Bianco said, mentioning the Rebels likely won't make up their one remaining rained out contest. "It was nice tonight to get a lot of people in, and probably even better than that, it was nice to see everybody play well."
Starter Brett Bukvich (7-1) got the win for the Rebels, while Blake Cochran (1-1) got the loss for the visitors.
Kyle Barbeck, Michael Park, Matt Tracy, and Wade Broyles also took the mound for Ole Miss.
The Rebels (33-13) and Auburn (27-19) play three games this weekend – Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday games are to be televised live on CSS.
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