The Rebels scored four runs in the first inning and didn’t let off of the gas until they had routed the Gators 15-3 at Oxford-University Stadium.Back in the lead-off spot, junior center fielder Tim Ferguson led Ole Miss’ potent offense, going 5-for-5 with four runs scored and one RBI. As a team, Ole Miss collected 19 hits and Ole Miss starter reached base safely in the game.
Right-hander Aaron Barrett struggled in the first inning, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Following a visit from Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco, Barrett settled down to not only get out of the inning, but to pitch five more innings.
Barrett (6-0) earned the win for Ole Miss, finishing with nine strikeouts and six walks in 6.0 innings. Matt Crouse pitched the final three innings to pick up his first career save.
Hudson Randall (2-1), who was originally slated start on Sunday, was tagged with the loss for Florida. The freshman right-hander surrendered five runs on six hits in 1.0 innings.
Ole Miss and Florida are set to return to the diamond tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game is scheduled to be televised on CSS.
Trent Rothlin will start for Ole Miss. Brian Johnson is expected to be Florida’s starter. (March 27, 2010)