More Of The Same

For the second day in a row, Ole Miss methodically beat Oakland (Mich.) University, this time 10-2. And for the second outing in a row, Aaron Barrett controlled the situation.

The senior right-hander started his second game of the year and picked up his second win of the young campaign.

"Felt pretty good," said Barrett, who went six innings allowing one run on two hits with a couple of walks and seven strikeouts. "I fell behind a little bit in the fourth inning. I just tried to get ahead with my fast ball and slider mostly through the day, and let the defense come out and work for me. Other than that fourth inning, I felt I did pretty well."

That was the inning the Grizzlies got their first run to pull to within three at 4-1. The next time they'd score, which was in the eighth, the Rebels had this one put away, leading 9-1 at the time.

Ole Miss added a run in the bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring on the day.

Eric Callender, getting his second save of the season, relieved Barrett and went the final three innings, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

"Just a strong game again on the mound for Barrett," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "And Callender as well. Another clean game in the field for us. We played very well defensively. Offensively not a lot of hits but very efficient. We scored in six of the eight innings with only eight hits, including a couple of homers. We were good with runners on base, and good at getting them in from third and runners in scoring position."

Bianco said Barrett continues to pitch well as the season moves on.

"I don't know if he was as sharp as he was last week," he said. "He lost his rhythm in that one inning a little bit and he walked a guy, maybe two. But still tremendous stuff. Throwing the ball in the low 90s and a hard slider. He attacked the zone, and there was some solid defense behind him."

Mike Snyder and Zach Miller had the long balls for the Rebels today, Snyder with a solo into the home bullpen in left in the fourth, and Miller with a two-run in the sixth into the visiting bullpen in right.

Snyder admitted he didn't do as he was told on his home run. But it worked out.

"It felt really good, but the funny thing about it was, it was a take," said the third baseman. "I went up to (Bianco) and was like ‘Sorry, Coach.' And he said ‘I'll take a home run over that any day.' So it felt great, and I knew it was out. I guess I just got into the zone and reacted to a pitch that I could hit."

Miller, awarded the game shirt by the coaches after his four RBI day, said his round-tripper felt good as well.

"It definitely carried," he said. "The wind was blowing out to right. Just saw the pitch well and hit it."

Miller and Mort converted a highlight reel double play in the fourth that aided Barrett in the inning he struggled most.

"The guy was stealing from first, and the batter hit it sharp enough to where I didn't know if I would flip it with my hand or the glove," Miller said, who indeed flipped it from his glove to an awaiting shortstop Kevin Mort. "I went with the glove because I thought it was going to be a close play and it was. And Mort did the rest."

The Rebels (5-1) were indeed efficient offensively, scoring 10 runs on eight hits, still leaving seven on base but scoring plenty.

"I feel as a team we hit well today," Miller said. "A lot of guys hit the ball hard. As a team we're doing a great job seeing the ball and just working each pitch and not giving up an at-bat."

Barrett, who had more downs than ups last season, his first in a Rebel uniform, is pleased with how things have gone for him so far.

"I felt command-wise I was a little better than the last outing getting ahead with my fast ball," Barrett said. "That was one of the main things I worked on. The defense behind me was great, and it seemed like everything was going well out there."

Starter Kyle Teague (0-1) got the loss for the Grizzlies.

Junior RHP Trent Rothlin (1-0, 1.50 ERA) gets the ball for the Rebels Sunday, while sophomore RHP Connor Mielock will start on the mound for Oakland (0-2).

The series finale is a 12 noon start with the full Ole Miss baseball network airing the game beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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