NEW ORLEANS — Hitting the road for the first time can always be an experience to say the least, and the Ole Miss baseball team’s first road trip is no exception. On Friday, the Rebels were able to hold on after surrendering a three-run eighth inning to defeat the Tulane Green Wave 6-4. Saturday, the Rebels never had a big inning, but were able to earn a convincing 5-1 victory.
Once again, Tulane mounted a late-game rally. This time, they Green Wave loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but closer David Goforth got Tulane catcher Jeremy Schaffer to fly out to end the game. It was Goforth’s second save in as many days. and third on the season.
Both Drew Pomeranz and Aaron Barrett picked up the wins for Ole Miss.
HIT MACHINE: Freshman Alex Yarbrough continues to be a hit-machine for the Rebels. On Friday, the freshman infielder went 2-for-4 with one double, two RBIs and a run scored. On Saturday, he was 3-for-5 from the two-hole, with two doubles and one run scored. Following today’s game, Yarbrough said the ball is looking “huge coming out of the pitcher’s hand.” Heading into today’s game, Yarbrough was third on the team, hitting .348. He also had an impressive .565 slugging percentage, and his walk-to-strikeout ratio is 4-5. Not bad for the guy Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said was an MVP candidate through the first 10 games of the season.
NEXT UP: Sunday’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m. Junior college transfer Trent Rothlin is Ole Miss’ scheduled starter. Rothlin is 2-0 on the year with a .082 ERA. In 11 innings of work, he has walked eight and struck out three. Opponents are hitting .143 off of the right-hander.
Tulane will be throwing RHP Robby Broach (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 11Ks, 2 BB, 2.95 B/Avg.).
(Picture of Tulane fans on the roof top past the center field wall courtesy of Matt Sharpe.) (March 6, 2010)