Saturday, February 4, 2023

No. 14 Ole Miss Defeated Arkansas State 4-3

Photo by Joshua McCoy/ Ole Miss Athletics
Photo by Joshua McCoy/ Ole Miss Athletics

The Rebels have late inning magic against the Arkansas State Red Wolves in a come from behind 4-3 win.
No.14 Ole Miss (18-4, 1-2 SEC) bats came to life in the sixth and seventh innings as the Rebels put three runs on the board.
Coach Mike Bianco talked about the effort his team gave against Arkansas State.
“Mass (Jeremy Massie) just could not pull one tonight,”Bianco said. “They looked like they wanted to play a lot more then we did early at the beginning of the game. Thats disappointing and they had some great at bats against Massie, Bickel and Scott was able to come in and get the momentum back in our dugout by shutting them down.”
In the bottom of the first inning, Braxton Lee gets a board off of a single to left field. Lee crossed the plate on a steal to give the Rebels their first run.
Ole Miss starter, Jeremy Massie worked a total of 3.2 innings and he only allowed two runs off of four hits. Massie struck out two batters and only gave up two walks.
The Red Wolves pushed across their first run of the game in the third inning. As Lucas Feddersen singled to the shortstop which brought in Dustin Jones home to score from third base. In the fourth inning, Arkansas State added an additional run to their total to take a two to one lead over the Rebels.
The Red Wolves leadoff batter Zach Maggio opened the fifth inning with a single to center field. Maggio came into score two batters later on a wild pitch by Bickel.
In the bottom of the fifth the Rebels stranded two runners on base. J.B. Woodman drew a one out walk followed up with a single to left center off of the bat of Errol Robinson.
Lee lead off the sixth inning with a walk. Austin Anderson then drove the ball through the right side of the infield for a single. Senior Will Allen then sent a ball on the ground into left field which brought in Lee from third base.
Allen recorded his 27th RBI of the season.
In the home half of the seventh inning. J.B. Woodman singled to the shortstop then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robinson. Dalton Dulin singled to left which allowed Woodman to come in and score the Rebels third run. Auston Bousfield singled to left as Dulin advanced to third base. Lee laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Dulin from third base.
Dulin talked about the game and his performance.
“It was a close game tonight and Arkansas State played pretty clean,” Dulin said. “I came up knowing that we had to get the guy in and I put the ball in play a tried to make that happen.”
Coach Mike Bianco called on the arms of Cheyne Bickel, Scott Weathersby, Hawtin Buchanan and Josh Laxer in relief of Massie.
Weathersby (1-0) had a strong outing on Wednesday night against the Red Wolves as he struck out five of the seven batters that he faced in 2.1 innings of work. —Adam Brown, Sports Editor of HottyToddy.com

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