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Rebels Southpaw Doug Nikhazy Earns Second SEC Freshman of the Week Honor

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Doug Nikhazy earns Freshman Player of the Week honors. Photo by Petre Thomas/Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss freshman southpaw Doug Nikhazy received the SEC Freshman of the Week honor on Monday by the league office.

The freshman had a stellar performance on the bump for the Rebels on Saturday in the 13-3 win over No. 6 Texas A&M. He worked 7.0 inning only allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. Nikhazy did not walk a single Aggie and struck out a career-high 10 to earn his fifth win of the season, a resounding 13-3 victory for the Rebels.

Nikahzy was perfect his first time through the A&M order, retiring the first nine batters he faced before allowing a single to lead off the fourth inning. That run came around to score on a sacrifice fly. He bounced right back by striking out the side in the fifth inning to preserve a 1-1 tie.

An error led to Texas A&M’s second run in the sixth before the Ole Miss offense came through with a six-run frame to give Nikhazy the lead. He retired the Aggies in order in the seventh, setting up for another six-run inning by the Rebel offense. Nikhazy gave up a single to lead off the seventh before checking out to a standing ovation from the 9,884 in attendance with a comfortable 13-2 advantage.

Nikhazy’s outing was the second-longest of his Rebel career, behind only his spectacular 7.2-inning performance at Missouri, in which he took a no-hitter into the seventh and checked out with just two hits allowed in the 3-0 victory.

The 10 strikeouts were three more than his previous career-best of seven in his first career start against ECU. Nikhazy’s one earned run allowed was the fewest since he yielded just one against Florida three weeks ago, a performance that led to his first SEC Freshman of the Week nod.

Ole Miss hits the road this week to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in Hattiesburg. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Sports Editor

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