Frigid Victory

Ole Miss spotted Memphis two runs in the top of the first but that was all as the Rebels rolled 7-2 on a chilly Tuesday night.

"Another well played game by us," said Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco. "With the cold temperatures and the wind blowing in, you just felt it was going to be a pitching type of night. After the first inning, we weren't so sure."

The Tigers got those two early runs off Matt Tracy, but just one was earned. Drew Martinez doubled down the left field line, followed by a Chad Zurcher walk. After Adam McClain struck out, Trey Wiedman singled to score Martinez. Zurcher then scored on a passed ball. Tracy got a lineout and a strikeout to get out of the inning.

The Rebels got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first with a run of their own. Tim Ferguson singled and moved to second on a Tanner Mathis ground out. Ferguson moved to third on a balk, and scored on a Matt Smith ground out. Matt Snyder struck out to end the Rebel first.

Ole Miss tied the game 2-2 on a leadoff solo home run by Ferguson in the bottom of the third. The game stayed that way until the sixth when the Rebels scored twice.

Tiger starter Heath Hatfield, who got the loss and is 1-2 on the year, walked Matt Smith and Matt Snyder before getting Zach Miller to ground out as Smith and Snyder moved up a base.

David Phillips then walked and Tiger head coach Daron Schoenrock had seen enough. In comes Marcus Barnes, who immediately gives up a run-scoring single to Alex Yarbrough, which scored Smith.

The bases were still loaded and Taylor Hightower reached on a fielder's choice to score Snyder. That's the way the sixth inning ended with Ole Miss leading 4-2.

Back to back two-out doubles by Smith and Snyder, followed by a Miller single, pushed the Ole Miss lead to 6-2 in the seventh. The home team added one more in the eighth as Yarbrough led off with a triple and scored on a Taylor Hightower sacrifice fly to left.

With the win, the Rebels moved to 7-1. The Tigers fell to 2-5.

"After the first inning, (Tracy) really settled in, as did all the pitchers," said Bianco, who used four of them in the contest as the Rebels only allowed three hits and four walks.

Tracy pitched five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Ole Miss pitching had 15 strikeouts in the game.

Matt Crouse relieved Tracy to start the sixth and pitched 1.1 innings with three strikeouts and a walk. Brett Huber went 1.2 innings with a strikeout facing four batters, while Eric Callender went an inning with a strikeout in three batters faced.

Crouse (1-0) got the win in relief. Ole Miss had eight hits in the contest.

"Matt Tracy pitched terrific. Matt Crouse pitched terrific. Brett Huber pitched terrific, and Eric Callender continues to be excellent every time he runs out there," Bianco said.

The Rebels are at Tulane for three games this weekend, Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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