Friday, February 3, 2023

Rebels Sweep Arkansas-Little Rock

The Rebels completed the sweep on Sunday afternoon over Arkansas-Little Rock by the score of 11-1 to end a thirteen game home stand.
Ole Miss (14-2) took a few innings to get the bats warmed up. Arkansas-Little Rock was held in check by the Rebels’ pitcher, Sam Smith.
The Rebels’ starter, Sam Smith, had shutout going against Arkansas-Little Rock in the first three innings of the game. Until the Trojans broke up Smith’s no hitter in the fourth inning, with two outs. Smith had retired 11 straight UALR batters.
Coach Mike Bianco talked about the start that Sam Smith had on the day.
“He (Smith) is a game manager. He always gives us an opportunity to win the game,” Bianco said. “That’s all you can ask for as a coach. He is a pitcher that will go deep into a game.”
Ole Miss scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Will Allen walked and Sikes Orvis followed with a single to right field then a fielding error allowed him to advance to third base. Allen came into score.
Arkansas-Little Rock tied the game up at one run apiece as Mitchell Scheuler was brought home to score on Ben Crumpton fielder’s choice RBI.
The Rebels tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. J.B. Woodman opened the frame with a lead off single. Woodman advanced to third base after back-to-back groundouts by Errol Robinson and Braxton Lee. Auston Bousfield delivered a RBI single to score Woodman from third. Austin Anderson followed with a RBI double to center scoring Bousfield from second. Allen then pushed a RBI single to left to plate Anderson.
Bousfield pushed his RBI total up to 12 on the season after two on Sunday.
Ole Miss added two more runs in their run column in the sixth inning.
Smith (3-0) worked a total of six innings, allowing only a single run off of five hits. Smith struck out a total of three Trojan batters and allowed a walk. Arkansas-Little Rock batter, Sam Vogel, was awarded first base off of a hit-by-pitch.
Jacob Waguespack entered the game in relief for Smith in the seventh inning. Scott Weathersby took the mound to pitch for the Rebels in the eighth. Evan Anderson came in to pitch the ninth inning.
Ole Miss put a four spot on the scoreboard in the seventh inning. The last Rebel run in the game was scored in the eighth inning.
Arkansas-Little Rock used a total of five pitchers in the game against the Rebels.
Up next for Ole Miss is a midweek series with Southeastern Louisiana starting on Tuesday night.
–Adam Brown, Sports Editor of