Today, senior right-hander R.J. Hively will look to follow in Wahl’s footsteps as the No. 20 Rebels host the Seahawks for Game 2 at Oxford-University Stadium.
First pitch between the Seahawks and Rebels is set for 3 p.m.
Hively, a former Cal State-Fullerton product, allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings in his season debut last Sunday at TCU.
Following the 5-3 loss, which Hively registered a no decision in, the senior admitted he didn’t have his best stuff early on.
Sophomore left-hander Tyler DeLoach will take the mound for UNC-Wilmington.
DeLoach is 0-0 on the year with a 5.40 ERA. In five innings against Ohio last weekend, the lefty surrendered three runs on two walks and five hits.
UNC-WILMINGTON SEAHAWKS (2-3 overall)
2B Michael Bass (.350 BA/.435 OBP/.400 SLG)
RF Tyler Molinaro (.273/.333/.500)
CF Andrew Cain (.333/.524/.400)
DH Hunter Ridge (.158/.304/.158)
LF Thomas Pope (.182/.250/.227)
C Matt Campbell (.273/.333/.364)
1B Corey Dick (.000/1.000/.000)
SS Jake Koenig (.200/.273/.200)
3B Ryan LaGrange (.200/.273/.200)
LHP Tyler DeLoach (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
No. OLE MISS REBELS (3-1 overall)
LF Tanner Mathis (.294/.333/.353)
CF Auston Bousfield (.267/.353/.333)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.389/.389/.611)
DH Matt Snyder (.200/.250/.200)
3B Andrew Mistone (.300/.417/.600)
1B Preston Overbey (.333/.333/.500)
C Will Allen (.200/.200/.200)
SS Blake Newalu (.333/.429/.500)
RF Senquez Golson (.500/.500/.750)
RHP R.J. Hively (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
——— SCORING SUMMARY ———
OLE MISS 3, UNCW 0 (B1): Game 2 got off to a bit of a different start compared to Friday’s game. Ole Miss plated three runs in the bottom of the first after Ole Miss right-hander R.J. Hively struckout the side in the top of the inning. Left fielder Tanner Mathis led off the frame with a walk, stole second and then advanced to third on the same play with the throw from UNCW catcher Matt Campbell bounced off the shortstop’s glove and into shallow right field. Following an infield single by center fielder Auston Bousfield and a walk by second baseman Alex Yarbrough, designated hitter Matt Snyder hit a double to right field that emptied the bases.
OLE MISS 5, UNCW 0 (B2): Yarbrough added to Ole Miss’ lead in the second inning, scoring Mathis and right fielder Senquez Golson on a single to right field. Golson reached base via HBP, while Mathis walked for a second straight time. Both players advanced to third and second respectively on a double steal before scoring.
Ole Miss 5, UNCW 1 (T5): The Seahawks got onto the scoreboard for the first time this weekend in the fifth inning courtesy of an RBI-single from Jake Koenig that scored Matt Campbell.
Ole Miss 5, UNCW 4 (T6): The Seahawks tacked on three more runs with two outs in the sixth inning to pull within one of Ole Miss. After surrendering an RBI-triple to Thomas Pope, and then allowing Pope to score on a wild pitch to the backstop, Hively was pulled in favor of freshman right-hander Casey Mulholland. Dick swatted the second pitch from Mulholland over Bousfield in center, scoring Campbell, but the freshman then induced a groundout to keep the Rebels ahead.
OLE MISS 6, UNCW 4 (B6): Ole Miss responded in the bottom of the frame when Bousfield’s double scored Golson from third.
CLOSING IT OUT: The Seahawks had two runners reach base the final three innings but were unable to plate a run against Mulholland, Dylan Chavez and Brett Huber… Huber’s one-hit, three-strikeout ninth earned him his third save of the season and 19th of his career, moving him past Scott Bittle into third place on Ole Miss’ all-time saves list behind Stephen Head (26) and Justin Huisman (24).
BY THE NUMBERS: Hively earned his first win of the season and second of his career, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk in 5.2 innings. He also struck out nine… UNCW starter Tyler DeLoach was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs in 1.2 innings… Golson continues to hit for the Rebels and was 2-for-2 with two runs scored against the Seahawks… Snyder (3-for-4) and Bousfield (3-for-4) also had multiple-hit performances.
Ole Miss returns to the diamond on Sunday. Sophomore Mike Mayers will take the mound for Ole Miss. Freshman right-hander Jordan Ramsey is UNCW’s projected starter. First pitch is set for just after noon. (February 25, 2012)