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Crouse, Rebs cruise to 8-0 Game 1 win

Riding a current three-game losing streak, the Ole Miss Diamond Rebels open a weekend series against the Lipscomb Bison (7-6 overall) tonight.

DOUBLE DUTY: The Bison will utilize the pitching and hitting talents of former Vanderbilt Commodore Richie Goodenow tonight.

The left-hander will toe the rubber as well as bat in the three-hole for Lipscomb.

This season, Goodenow appears to be somewhat of a tough-luck loser. He is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA, striking out 24 while walking four in 22.0 innings. Also, opponents are hitting just .203 off of him.

At the plate, Goodenow is the Bison’s top slugger, hitting .429 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.

As a team, the Bison are hitting .264, while opponents are hitting .231. On the mound, several pitchers have proven to be efficient for Lipscomb. In addition to Goodenow, Connor Sinclair and Chris Nunn have been next to lights out for Lipscomb. Sinclair is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts, striking out 20 while walking six in 18.0 innings. Nunn is 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings. He has a 13-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio and is holding opponents to just a .196 batting average.

During last weekend’s sweep to Purdue, Lipscomb used both Sinclair and Nunn on Saturday, and then used Dannie Strable (2-1, 2.86 ERA, 16.2 IP, 7 BB, 6 K) on Sunday.

Tonight is the first time a Mike Bianco-led Rebel squad has faced Lipscomb.

— STARTING LINEUPS —

LIPSCOMB (7-6 overall)
LF M.L. Williams
RF Lee WIlson
P Richie Goodenow (0-2, 2.45 ERA)
1B Tennyson Dodd
3B Josh Chism
CF Ricky Coleman
C Logan Hostettler
2B Henry Kyle
SS T.J. Hoelzer

OLE MISS (10-4)
CF Tanner Mathis
2B Alex Yarbrough
RF Matt Smith
DH Matt Snyder
3B Preston Overbey
LF Matt Tracy
1B Will Allen
C Miles Hamblin
SS Blake Newalu
LHP Matt Crouse (3-0, 2.50 ERA)

— GAME SUMMARY —

Ole Miss 5, Lipscomb 0 (BOTTOM 5): After registering just two hits through four innings against Goodenow, the Rebels were able to string together three consecutive singles, a walk by Tanner Mathis that scored Will Allen and a double down the third base line by Alex Yarbrough that scored Miles Hamblin and Blake Newalu. Following a ground out by Matt Smith that scored Mathis, Matt Snyder singled off Goodenow’s glove to score Yarbrough without a throw. All combined, the Rebels scored five runs on five hits and one walk in the frame.

Ole Miss 6, Lipscomb 0 (BOTTOM 7): Ole Miss extended its lead in the bottom of the seventh courtesy of a deep sacrifice fly by Yarbrough that scored Newalu easily from third base.

Ole Miss 8, Lipscomb 0 (BOTTOM 8 ): Hamblin added to Ole Miss’ lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, striking a double to the center field wall that scored Jordan King and Matt Tracy easily.

The Rebels held on to claim the 8-0 victory over Lipscomb. Ole Miss starter Matt Crouse pitched the Rebels first complete game shutout since Scott Bittle blanked the Kentucky Wildcats in 2009.

The Ole Miss left-hander allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out a career-high nine.

Lipscomb starter Richie Goodenow took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out 10 in 7.0 innings.

Tomorrow’s game is set for a 1:30 p.m. start at Oxford-University Stadium. Ole Miss will send right-hander David Goforth to the mound. Gofoth is 0-2 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts.

Below is the post-game interview with Matt Crouse, who improved to 4-0 on the year with the victory:

 (March 11, 2011)

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