Repeat Performance

Matt Crouse got a lot of early offensive help in his first start for Ole Miss as the Rebels scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.

The Rebels (11-2) won 10-2 against Austin Peay with Crouse picking up his second win of the season. He also got the win against Memphis last week, a 3-2 Rebel victory.

"I felt pretty good today," said the sophomore newcomer. "The offense came out and gave me some room to work with early. And I was able to come out and try to fill up the zone. The offense made it easy on me today."

Crouse was on a pitch count for his first start, and went 3.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits with a strikeout and a walk. Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said Crouse did a nice job in his first Division I start.

"Matt hasn't thrown a lot, and we were hoping to maybe get through the fourth with him," he said. "But we didn't want him to pitch too much to where he wouldn't be able to pitch this weekend."

After Crouse took care of the Governors (8-5) in the top of the first inning, APSU starter Stephen Huff walked the first three Rebels he faced in the in the bottom of the first. Tim Ferguson, Zach Miller, and Matt Smith all got aboard via the free pass before Huff got both David Phillips and Taylor Hashman to strikeout.

But Mike Snyder made Huff pay when he dropped a single into no-man's land in shallow left field as Governors converged but couldn't come up with the elusive fly ball. Ferguson and Miller scored.

Then Miles Hamblin got a base hit between first and second, and Smith and Snyder raced home. Taylor Hightower popped up to the first baseman, but the Rebels had a 4-0 lead after one.

Zach Miller helped out with the next couple of successful Rebel scoring opportunities. The senior infielder grounded out to the APSU shortstop to get Kevin Mort home from third in the second to make it 5-0.

In the bottom of the fourth after the visiting team got a run in the top half of the inning, Miller singled up the middle to score Mort again and also Ferguson, from second and third respectively. That made it 6-1 Ole Miss.

After the Govs got a run in the top of the seventh, Ole Miss got three more in the bottom of the inning. Hashman drove in Smith who had walked, and Miles Hamblin loaded the bases with an infield single. A base hit by Hightower got Hashman home along with Phillips who had walked.

Ole Miss outhit the Governors 10-7. Each team had two errors in the contest, making it six in the last two games for the Rebels. They only had six in the previous 11 games of the season.

"Disappointed we had another two errors," Bianco said. "We've got to be cleaner in the field."

Huff (2-1), the first of four pitchers for the Govs, got the loss for APSU.

Trent Rothlin (2.1 IP, 2 K), Tanner Mathis (1.2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 K), and Brett Huber (1.1 IP, 1 K) also pitched for the Rebels. Rothlin had been the Sunday starter the first three weekends of the season. Bianco announced Matt Tracy will get the nod this Sunday.

The Rebels now get set to face the Louisville Cardinals, coached by former UM assistant coach Dan McDonnell. Gametimes in Oxford are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.


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