The Alcorn State Braves took a road trip to Oxford, MS on Wednesday night and immediately regretted it. They were over-powered by the Ole Miss Rebels in every aspect of the game. The run rule finally halted play in a lopsided 16-1 victory for the Rebels.
Jack Washburn started the game for Ole Miss. He allowed a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning, but nothing more. He went 3.0 innings in total and allowed just that 1 Run on 3 Hits. Cole Baker, Wes Burton, and Matt Parenteau each posted a hitless inning of relief work to follow Washburn. They combined for 6 Ks out of the bullpen before turning the game over to Mitch Murrell.
Murrell did allow a hit in the 7th inning, but came up with a pair of strike outs for himself and closed out the contest. Washburn earned his second win of the season while the Rebel arms combined for 12 Ks in just 7 innings of work.
The Rebel offense took advantage of the free passes they were granted and scored with ease. Alcorn State pitchers recorded 18 outs in total against the Rebels, but gave away 17 trips to 1st (14 BB, 3 HBP). Ole Miss only needed 8 Hits and a daring steal of home plate to tack on 16 Runs. With nobody seeing any good pitches to hit (and Bianco diving deep into his bench to get experience for young guys), one man found a way to shine above the rest.
Peyton Chatagnier had a fantastic day. He went 2-2, 2 BB, 4 Runs, 4 RBI, and 1 HR. This would be good enough to earn him praise on a normal day, but today’s game will be remembered for his stolen bases blowing up the internet. He became the latest of many Rebel players over the last couple of seasons to have his video go viral.
While leading off 1st Base in the 2nd inning, he broke for 2nd Base on an apparent pick off move. After sliding in safely, he notice nobody was coving 3rd Base and swiped that too. Then to cap the insanity off, he decided he wanted to take home plate. There was no error charged to Alcorn State on the play because this was just incredibly good baserunning and a ton of speed.
The midweek match-up against Memphis that was scheduled for this past Tuesday has been moved later in the year, but is expected to be made up. Oral Roberts will be in Oxford this weekend to cap off the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Rebels have made a strong statement thus far in the season and will look to carry that momentum into the beginning of conference play.