Looking Back

Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco didn't hide his disappointment following his team's 7-0 loss to Arkansas in the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday.

"Just a tough game. We obviously didn't play very well," he said.

Ole Miss didn't look like the team that had scored 100 runs over a 10-game win streak. Quite the opposite, actually.

The Rebels managed only two hits, compared to 11 strikeouts, in eight innings against right-handed starter Mike Bolsinger. Bolsinger (5-2) opened the season as the Friday night starter for No. 9 Arkansas, but had his struggles, with an ERA above five.

Still, he routinely hit his spots and carved up an Ole Miss offense, who was a man short with the absence of cleanup man Matt Snyder. Tanner Mathis and Taylor Hightower accounted for the team's only hits.

Mike Bolsinger

The Rebels had eight hits apiece in the weekend's two previous games.

"He was real good," junior centerfield Tim Ferguson said of Bolsinger. "His slider was unbelievable, and he threw just hard enough to where you couldn't really work either pitch.

"If you look slider, and he throws a fastball, you can't react to it. He was locating good, and he was making us swing at bad pitches."

The Rebels' offensive woes overshadowed a serviceable outing by David Goforth, who sprinkled in a sidearm delivery for the first time this season. Sidearm was the primary delivery for Goforth in high school, where he was named a two-time All District First Team selection for Neshoba Central.

"I threw a little bit more this past week than I normally do," Goforth said. "Coach Bianco approached me on Tuesday and it was kind of his idea to maybe drop down a little bit and work on kind of some deception and try to get them off my fastball.

"That's been the biggest thing in the past is everybody's been sitting on the fastball and kind of selling out to the fastball. They've been hitting that pretty hard. So we really wanted to get some deception and try some new things."

Goforth worked six innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits. However, he held the Razorbacks scoreless until the fourth inning, before Tim Carver singled home the game's first run.

The sophomore also had four walks and four strikeouts.

"Obviously y'all know how we feel about David and his talent," Bianco said. "One of the things was to get hitters out of this comfort zone they seem to have fallen into these last few weeks. Try to make them feel a little more uncomfortable, so we tried a few things. Instead of everything just being fastball and hard slider, it was just the mixture of things."

Arkansas (37-11, 16-8) now sits in sole possession of the SEC West, with Ole Miss (34-15, 15-9) and Auburn both a game back. Ole Miss and Auburn meet for a three-game series on the final weekend of the regular season.

Ole Miss will first travel to Arkansas State Wednesday, before a visit to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama this weekend.

"Baseball is tough to figure out sometimes," Bianco said. "Give credit to (their pitchers), but two hits. That's not very many. We have to do a better job of figuring it out. We have to make something happen."

Over the past four seasons, all teams that have had at least 15 conference wins have made the SEC Tournament field.

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