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No. 20 Rebs earn sweep with 10-5 victory

BLOG: After securing the series on Saturday, the No. 20 Diamond Rebels will look to claim the three-game sweep today against the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks at Oxford-University Stadium.

First pitch is set for noon.

ON THE BUMP: Taking the mound for the Rebels will be sophomore right-hander Mike Mayers.

Because Saturday’s game at TCU was rained out, Ole Miss’ N0. 2 starter, R.J. Hively, was pushed back to Sunday and Mayers was the first player out of the pen. In his season debut, Mayers had a rocky first inning before settling in. Over the four innings in relief, the Ohio native allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while also striking out eight. Horned Frogs hit .077 against him.

Freshman right-hander Jordan Ramsey will start for the Seahawks. In his collegiate debut last Sunday against Ohio, Ramsey pitched four scoreless innings, allowing tow hits and two walks while striking out four. UNCW ended up winning that game, 5-3, to claim the series.

At North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.) High, Ramsey was 22-6 with 241 strikeouts and 142 innings. As a senior, Ramsey walked just nine, posted a 1.04 ERA, threw a no-hitter and two one-hitters before being drafted in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Players Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

If his Perfect Game profile is accurate, Ramsey will be the first pitcher the Rebels have faced this weekend that throws harder than 89 miles-per-hour (PG clocked Ramsey’s fastball at 91 in 2010).

Game 1: Pitchers lead No. 20 Rebs past Seahawks
Game 2: Hively, Snyder bounce back to lead No. 20 Rebs past UNCW


2B Michael Bass (.320 BA/.393 OBP/.360 SLG)
RF Tyler Molinaro (.231/.286/.423)
CF Andrew Cain (.316/.480/.368)
DH Hunter Ridge (.174/.296/.174)
LF Thomas Pope (.192/.250/.308)
3B Matt Campbell (.286/.375/.357)
1B Corey Dick (.500/.600/.750)
C Drew Farber (.100/.250/.100)
SS Jake Koenig (.286/333/.286)
RHP Jordan Ramsey (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

No. 20 OLE MISS REBELS (4-1)
LF Tanner Mathis (.263/.364/.316)
CF Auston Bousfield (.368/.429/.474)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.381/.409/.571)
1B Matt Snyder (.316/.350/.421)
3B Andrew Mistone (.286/.375/.500)
C Will Allen (.158/.158/.158)
DH Zach Kirksey (.400/.571/1.200)
RF Senquez Golson (.667/.714/1.000)
SS Austin Anderson (.000/.143/.000)
RHP Mike Mayers (0-1, 4.50 ERA)


OLE MISS 4, UNCW 0 (B1): Ole Miss wasted no time jumping on UNCW starter Jordan Ramsey, scoring four runs on three hits in the first inning. After Mike Mayers mowed down the Seahawks in order (two strikeouts and a groundout), left fielder Tanner Mathis and center fielder Auston Bousfield reached via walk and HBP. Two at-bats later, first baseman Matt Snyder scored Mathis on a line drive over the shortstop. Third baseman Andrew Mistone then scored Bousfield from third on a bloop down the first base line. Designated hitter Zach Kirksey extended the Rebels’ lead to 4-0 with a double to left-center scoring Snyder and Mistone.

UNCW 5, Ole Miss 4 (T5): After a hot start, the wheels fell off for Mayers in the fifth inning as the Seahawks were able to string together six baserunners (one walk, one double and four singles) in the inning to take a 5-4 lead.

OLE MISS 5, UNCW 5 (B5): Catcher Will Allen tied the game back up in the bottom of the fifth with a single up the middle that scored Snyder from second.

OLE MISS 7, UNCW 5 (B6): UNCW center fielder Andrew Cain lost a ball off the bat of Snyder in the sun, allowing Snyder to score from 3B. Snyder was credited with a double and later scored on a hit by Allen.

OLE MISS 8, UNCW 5 (B7): Kirksey led off the seventh by legging out an infield single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, was awarded third courtesy of a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Senquez Golson.

OLE MISS 10, UNCW 5 (B8): Alex Yarbrough led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run, and Kirksey added to the Rebels lead with a double off the left field wall that scored Mistone.

CLOSING IT OUT: Freshman right-hander Chris Ellis and junior right-hander Blair Wright combined to pitch four perfect innings to secure the sweep. Ellis pitched three spotless frames to earn his first collegiate win, while Wright finished the game with a perfect ninth.

The sweep marked Ole Miss’ first since taking three against Kentucky April 15-17, 2011.

BY THE NUMBERS: Six Rebels had multiple hits (Mathis 2, Yarbrough 2, Snyder 3, Allen 3, Kirksey 3)… Yarbrough’s home run in the eighth was the second of his career… UNCW relief pitcher Tyler McSwain took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning of work.

BACK AT IT: The No. 20 Rebs return to action on Tuesday, hosting Memphis at 3 p.m. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco announced freshman right-hander Sam Smith will make the start. (February 26, 2012)

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