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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tulane silences Rebel bats, again

BLOG: Hello from Oxford, Miss. where it’s overcast and cool, but at least it’s dry.

Ole Miss (10-2 overall) and Tulane (8-3) have split the first two games of the series and will look to get the best of the other today at 1:30 p.m.Ole Miss got ahead early in Game 1, while the Tulane pitching staff combined to limit the Rebels to just five hits and one run in Game 2.

—STARTING LINEUP—

CF Tanner Mathis
C Miles Hamblin
1B Matt Smith
DH Matt Tracy
RF Matt Tracy
3B Preston Overbey
2B Alex Yarbrough
LF Zach Kirksey
SS Blake Newalu
LHP Austin Wright (1-0, 3.48 ERA)

TAKING THE MOUND: Getting the start for Tulane will be sophomore right-hander Alex Byo. Byo is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound Baton Rouge, La., native that is 0-0 this season for Tulane. In three appearances, and one start, Byo has allowed five runs (one earned) in 10.1 innings while striking out 10 and walking four. Opponents are hitting .231 off of Byo, who also has a 0.87 ERA.

Last season, Byo appeared in six games (three starts) and was 1-1 with a 7.45 ERA. He did not face Ole Miss.

— SCORING SUMMARY —

Tulane 1, Ole Miss 0 (TOP 2): Tulane got the scoring started in the top of the second as designated hitter Jeremy Schaffer scored on a sacrifice fly from shortstop Garrett Cannizaro. Schaffer had led off the frame with a double down the third base line and was bunted to third base by Briggs Barrios.

Tulane 3, Ole Miss 0 (TOP 4): Cannizaro added to Tulane’s lead in the top of the fourth on a single up the middle that scored Schaffer and Barrios.

Tulane 3, Ole Miss 1 (BOTTOM 7): Matt Tracy hit his second home run of the weekend in the seventh inning, placing a pitch from relief pitcher Drew Zizinia over the Tulane bullpen.

Starter Alex Byo earned the win for Tulane, scattering four hits over 5.0 scoreless innings.

Ole Miss starter Austin Wright was saddled with the loss, surrendering all three runs in 5.1 innings.

Ole Miss returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Western Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. (March 6, 2011)

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