Ole Miss dominated their two game midweek matchup against ULM. The Rebels outscored the Warhawks 21-3 and picked up another run rule victory. While Game 1 only featured 1 HR for the Rebs, Game 2 picked up the slack with 2 Grand Slams in the shortened affair.
TJ McCants was Mr. Do-It-All for the Rebels in Game 1. He finished with a line of 3 Hits, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB, and 1 SB. Calvin Harris was the only other Rebel with multiple hits in the game as he went 2-2 with 2 Runs and 2 BB. In total, the Rebs were given 13 free passes and cashed in on plenty of those walks.
Hunter Elliott got the start and struck out nine Warhawks in 4.0 innings. He is credited with the win for his fantastic 3 Hit, 2 Run outing. Riley Maddox was called in from the bullpen to take over and he also continued his strong start to the season. Maddox allowed 2 Hits in 2.0 scoreless innings.
Matt Parenteau took over in the 7th, but he struggled out of the gate. After walking the first two batters he faced, Coach Bianco decided he wanted to make a move. In came Jack Dougherty who recorded an out on a sacrifice bunt before striking out the next two batters to close the frame. Dougherty would be tasked with finishing the game for the Rebs. In his 3.0 innings he allowed 3 Hits and amassed 7 Ks. He is credited with the Rebels’ first save of the season.
Game 2 of the midweek set featured Jack Washburn on the hill. He settled into a nice groove in his 5.0 innings of work, but did offer up a few walks. With 4 Walks and 7 Ks to his name, he only allowed 1 Hit and 1 (unearned) Run. Although the offense took some time to give him support, he lasted long enough to earn the win.
Mason Nichols, Jackson Kimbrell, and Wes Burton combined for the final six outs of the run rule victory. Together they allowed just 1 Hit and recorded 3 Ks.
As alluded to earlier, the offense struggled to get going in the early innings. Through 3 innings, the Rebs had only amassed 2 Hits and had been caught stealing twice. Jacob Gonzalez finally got the offense back in synch in the 4th with the Rebels trailing 1-0. His lead off triple helped the Rebs get on the board and set the stage for the offensive explosion to come.
Ole Miss plated 6 Runs in the 5th inning bookended by uncharacteristic strike outs of McCants. Kevin Graham provided the power with a Grand Slam as he is back to his hot hitting ways of last season. Then in the 6th, Tim Elko, doing what he does best, demolished another Grand Slam. This was enough to put the Rebels up by double digits before the bullpen could slam the door on the run rule.
The DiamondRebs will be on the road this weekend in Orlando. They are hoping to get revenge on the UCF Knights who ended their program record win streak a year ago. This will be the toughest test for the Rebels thus far, and it will be their first time playing away from Swayze. Hopefully the young pitchers who have come out strong can stay within themselves and not let a hostile environment get the best of them.