The Ole Miss Rebels came into this week as the winners of 5 straight games. A midweek matchup against Alcorn proved to be no problem for them as the Rebels exploded for 11 runs of offense and shut down the Braves with stellar pitching. Alcorn State did manage to keep it close early on, but 3 runs from the Rebels in the 3rd were compounded by 4 in the 6th and 4 in the 8th as the DiamondRebs took another Run Rule victory in midweek play.
Tons of young arms showcased their talents on Tuesday. Josh Mallitz went 4 scoreless innings before Letting 4 bullpen arms each get their chances against the Braves. Luke Baker did earn the lone run against the Rebs in this one, but Adcock, Johnson, and Burton all threw scoreless frames.
No homeruns for Ole Miss in this midweek matchup, but the 10 walks drawn, 7 singles, and 1 double yielded enough offensive production that the umpired put a stop to the madness with runners still on base in the 8th. Tim Elko was the star once again going 2-3 with 2 walks and 3 RBI as the Rebels cruised towards the weekend.
This weekend features a 3-game set against UL-Monroe. ULM doesn’t normally strike fear into the Mighty Rebels, but most fans will recall that shortly after a 5 homer performance against them last season, the sports world came to a halt. On the first anniversary of the shutdown, the Rebels and Warhawks went to battle again, but this wasn’t much of a battle.
Gunnar Hoglund was moved into the Friday night role, replacing Doug Nikhazy, and he did not disappoint. He pitched 6 strong innings of scoreless ball while allowing just 2 hits and fanning 14 ULM batters. It wasn’t until the 8th that UL-Monroe finally got themselves on the scoreboard with 1 run (charged to Braden Forsyth). Greer Holston came in and locked it down, but he did not record a save thanks to the Rebel offense running away with this one.
Peyton Chatagnier finally got himself back in the lineup on Friday after missing a few weeks with a hamstring injury. He may not have had 3 doubles in this one like he did against the Texas Longhorns, but he did manage to go 3-4 and come around to score a couple of times. Tim Elko also decided to stay hot. The reigning National Player of the Week’s 2 hits counted in a big way. His RBI double in the bottom of the 1st pales in comparison to the Grand Slam he drove out to Rightfield in the 3rd.
The Warhawks decided not to beat themselves with walks in this one and kept pitches in the zone. That was not an issue for the Rebels, however, who teed off on the ULM staff with 16 hits, 3 of which were doubles and 3 more of them homeruns.
This is the last weekend before conference play begins, so it is crucial for Ole Miss to find their groove. By the looks of it, Hoglund is locked in and ready for his next appearance against Auburn next week, and both Elko and Chatagnier are ready to smack the ball around no matter who is pitching against them.
Ole Miss is set to play ULM in 2 more games this weekend (barring some sort of pandemic related shutdown of course), and the Rebels’ are hoping for a sweep. Come Monday morning, Ole Miss could very well be sitting at 14-2 and riding a 9-game win streak.