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Bats come alive in 10-2 romping of No. 1 USC

BLOG: Welcome back to Oxford-University Stadium, the site of the second game between South Carolina (37-8 overall, 18-4 SEC) and the Rebels (25-21, 9-13).

Today’s 2 p.m. game will be televised on SportSouth. Last night the Gamecocks utilized an eight-inning performance from LHP Michael Roth to top Ole Miss 6-1.

With the loss Ole Miss falls into a tie with Mississippi State for eighth place in the overall SEC standings.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Other scores from Friday night:
LSU 10, Alabama 6
Arkansas 5, Florida 3
Auburn 4, Georgia 3 (11 inn.)
Vanderbilt 2, Kentucky 0
Mississippi State 16, Tennessee 5

Today’s Games:
South Carolina at Ole Miss, 2 p.m. (SportSouth)
LSU at Alabama, 3 p.m. (CSS)
Georgia at Auburn, 3 p.m.
Mississippi State at Tennessee, 3 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
Florida at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

RECRUITING SIGHTING: Ole Miss 2012 verbal commitment Chase Nyman is in attendance this weekend, up from Pascagoula after his high school squad was eliminated from the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs. Also in attendance this weekend is uber-pitching prospect Ty Hensley. Hensley is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander from Edmond, Okla. According to recruiting service Perfect Game, Hensley throws 91 off the mound.

Below is Hensley’s write-up from the 2010 Jr National Showcase at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.:

“Ty Hensley is a 2012 C/3B, RHP with a 6-4 205 lb. frame from Edmond, OK who attends Santa Fe. Hensley has a big strong build, good arm strength, versatile, can play all over the field, good athlete, good raw power with the bat, switch hits, has pop, good power potential, bat projects well, High 3/4 arm slot on the mound, throws downhill, hard nasty curveball, also threw a good change up, mixes pitches well, good command, very interesting on the mound. High level follow.”
Hensley was named to the Perfect Game 2011 Underclassman All-American team and is considered a draft risk.
Hensley is also expected to participate in the Under Armor All-American Game at Wrigley Field Aug. 13 along with Ole Miss commitments Gavin Cecchini and Stryker Trahan.
Here’s his writeup from Under Armor:
“Ty is an impressive physical specimen with a wealth of tools. He has the most draft value as a RHP though he also has one of the bigger power bats in the class. On the mound he flashes a FB that reaches 94mph and also mixes in a hard overhand hammer. As a hitter, he has easy power from both sides of the plate. Father is a former college pitching coach.”
According to, Santa Fe High is ranked No. 44 in the country and is the third-best team in Oklahoma.

TAKING THE MOUND: Taking the mound for South Carolina will be right-handed sophomore Colby Holmes (4-1, 3.86 ERA). After starting the year as a long-relief option for USC, Holmes has made SEC starts in his last five appearances heading into today. Last week against the Auburn Tigers, Holmes scattered four hits and three walks over 7.1 innings while striking out seven to pick up a 10-2 victory.

Usual Saturday starter David Goforth will take the mound for Ole Miss. Goforth is 3-6 on the year with a 4.96 ERA.

In his last outing, Goforth surrendered six runs (five earned) in just 4.2 innings on seven hits. He did, however, not issue a walk and struck out five.


OLE MISS (25-21 overall, 9-13)
CF Tanner Mathis .351 BA
SS Blake Newalu .304
2B Alex Yarbrough .335
DH Matt Snyer .272
RF Matt Tracy .284
1B Will Allen .242
C Miles Hamblin .250
LF Zack Kirksey .213
3B Austin Anderson .208
RHP David Goforth (3-6, 4.96 ERA)

SOUTH CAROLINA (37-8, 18-4)
SS Peter Mooney .274
2B Scott Wingo .329
1B Christian Walker .389
C Brady Thomas .322
LF Jake Williams .285
3B Adrian Morales .293
CF Evan Marzilli .285
RF Robert Beary .298
DH Steven Neff .095
RHP Colby Holmes (4-1, 3.86)


Ole Miss 2, South Carolina 0 (BOTTOM 1): It didn’t take Ole Miss long to get on the scoreboard against Holmes. After Tanner Mathis led off the frame with a single and Blake Newalu struck out — after two failed bunt attempts — second baseman Alex Yarbrough hit a homer over the wall in right-center.

Ole Miss 3, South Carolina 0 (BOTTOM 2): Miles Hamblin led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run over the wall in right field.

Ole Miss 4, South Carolina 0 (BOTTOM 3): Matt Tracy extended Ole Miss’ lead in the third with an RBI-single to left that scored Yarbrough from second base.

Ole Miss 4, South Carolina 2 (TOP 4): South Carolina struck back in the fourth, scoring two runs on a sacrifice fly to deep left field by Jake Williams, and a triple to right field by Evan Marzilli.

Ole Miss 7, South Carolina 2 (BOTTOM 6): Things got interesting in the sixth as USC used five pitchers in the frame. Ole Miss was able to capitalize and score three runs on four hits, including a two-run single up the middle by Yarbrough.

Ole Miss 10, South Carolina 2 (BOTTOM 7): Hamblin laced a double to right field, scoring Tracy from second to push Ole Miss’ lead to 8-2. Anderson then singled off the glove of second baseman Scott Wingo, scoring Hamblin and Will Allen.

Brett Huber and Mike Mayers combined to throw 3.0 scoreless innings to close out the game.

Goforth improved to 4-6 on the year, scattering two runs on five hits and one walk over 6.0 innings.

Colby Holmes was saddled with the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits and one walk in a season-low 1.1 innings of work.

Game 3 is set for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. (May 7, 2011)

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