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Friday, May 22, 2015

Rebels hold on to top Kentucky, again

BLOG: After holding on to take Game 1 on Friday night 3-2, the Rebels will be looking to claim their second SEC weekend series of the season today against Kentucky. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.Taking the mound for Ole Miss will be David Goforth. The junior right-hander is 1-5 on the year with a 3.86 ERA in eight starts. He has struck out 34 and walked 18 in 49.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .272 against the former Neshoba Central standout.

Left-hander Corey Littrell will take the mound for Kentucky. He’s had a bit of a rough season from a statistical standpoint. The freshman enters today’s game with a 5.56 ERA and a 4-2 record. Teams are hitting .287 off of him.

Against Auburn last weekend Litrell, a Louisville, Ky., native allowed seven seven earned runs and 11 hits in 6.1 innings. He also allowed two home runs while striking out five in the 4-2 loss.


KENTUCKY (17-18 overall, 2-11 SEC)
LF Chad Wright .331 BA
SS Taylor Black .336
1B Braden Kapteyn .321
3B Thomas McCarthy .311
RF J.T. Riddle .323
2B Paul McConkey .171
C Michael Williams .253
DH Mike Kaczmarek
CF Brian Adams .294
LHP Corey Littrell (4-2, 5.56)

OLE MISS (21-14, 6-7)
CF Tanner Mathis .345
SS Blake Newalu .325
2B Alex Yarbrough .336
1B Matt Smith .312
LF Matt Tracy .294
3B Preston Overbey .258
DH Will Allen .258
C Taylor Hightower .353
RF Jordan Poole .222
RHP David Goforth (1-5, 3.86)


Ole Miss 3, Kentucky 0 (BOTTOM 1): Ole Miss got to Littrell early, scoring three runs on two hits and one error in the first inning. Matt Tracy was able to beat what would have been an inning-ending double play throw to first base, allowing Blake Newalu to score. Two batters later Will Allen laced a ball up the middle that second baseman Paul McConkey misplayed, allowing Tracy and Alex Yarbrough to score.

Ole Miss 4, Kentucky 0 (BOTTOM 2): Littrell’s struggles carried over to the second inning as a wild pitch allowed Tanner Mathis to score easily from third base. Mathis reached base earlier in the frame via a base hit to right field. It extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

Ole Miss 4, Kentucky 1 (TOP 3): Kentucky scored its first run of the game courtesy of a fielding error by David Goforth. The right-hander scooped up a chopper from Taylor Black but threw the ball away from Matt Smith at first base, allowing Mike Kaczmarek — who had reached base via an error by Smith — to score.

Ole Miss 5, Kentucky 1 (BOTTOM 3): A ground out by Taylor Hightower scores Tracy from third to push Ole Miss’ lead to 5-1.

Ole Miss 9, Kentucky 1 (BOTTOM 4): The Rebels blew the doors off of the game and chased Littrell in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs on five hits — including a two-run homer into the Kentucky bullpen by Tracy — one walk and one error. Right-hander Walter Wijas came into the game in relief of Littrell, and after surrendering two hits he got a double play to end the frame. Today’s nine runs in the first four innings marks the first time this season that the Rebels have scored at least one run in each of the first four frames.

Ole Miss 9, Kentucky 3 (TOP 5): Kentucky struck back in the fifth with two runs via a solo homer by Brian Adams and a run-scoring groundout by Black.

Ole Miss 11, Kentucky 3 (BOTTOM 5): A two-run single to center field by Matt Smith extended Ole Miss’ lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Ole Miss 12, Kentucky 3 (BOTTOM 6): An RBI-double by Matt Snyder pushed Ole Miss’ lead to 12-3.

Ole Miss 12, Kentucky 7 (TOP 7): Kentucky got to Goforth in the seventh inning and were able to score three runs and chase the right-hander from the game in the process. J.T. Riddle plated another run off of relief pitcher Blair Wright courtesy of a double to center field.

Ole Miss 12, Kentucky 10 (TOP 8 ): Kentucky continued to put pressure on Ole Miss in the eighth, scoring three more runs off of Wright and Mike Mayers. With the tying run at the plate and Braden Kapteyn on second base Mayers struck out Matt Reida to end the frame.

Bobby Wahl made it interesting in the ninth by loading the bases, but was able to get a fly out to end the game and earn his second save in as many days.

Davids Goforth improved to 2-5 on the year, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 6.2 innings.

Littrell was saddled with the loss, allowing nine runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings of work.

Every Ole Miss starter except Jordan Poole and Hightower recorded at least one hit in the game.

Ole Miss will go for its first sweep of the season tomorrow. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. (April 16, 2011)

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