BLOG: Under an overcast sky, the No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels will look to take Game 2 of their three-game set against the Auburn Tigers today.
First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.
LOOKING BACK: The Rebels did a good job on Friday of limiting the Tigers on the base paths, holding Auburn to just one stolen base (1.9 below its season average). Starting catcher Will Allen also threw out a Tiger attempting to steal second during the Rebels’ 2-1 victory.
ON THE MOUND: The Rebels will trot senior right-hander R.J. Hively to the mound. Hively is 3-0 on the season with a 2.08 ERA. In 21.2 innings he has stuck out 29 and walked six. Opponents are also hitting just .224 off of him.
Auburn will counter with sophomore left-hander Will Kendall. Kendall is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearances (two starts). Kendall has also walked four and struck out 12 in 16.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .200 off of him.
AUBURN TIGERS (10-8 overall,0-1 SEC)
RF Jay Gonzalez (.306 BA/.414 OBP/.444 SLG)
2B Creede Simpson (.429/.500/.529)
CF Ryan Tella (.438/.563/.531)
LF Cullen Wacker (.316/.44/.456)
1B Garrett Cooper (.294/.456/.412)
DH Justin Bryant (.500/.500/.500)
SS Dan Glevenyak (.371/.412/.468)
C Caleb Bowen (.312/.500/.375)
3B Zach Alvord (.255/.356/.333)
LHP Will Kendall (2-0, 0.00)
No. 12 OLE MISS REBELS (15-3, 1-0)
LF Tanner Mathis (.343/.482./.358)
SS Blake Newalu (.360/.407/.480)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.451/.512/.676)
1B Matt Snyder (.391/.459/.594)
3B Andrew Mistone (.283/.328/.367)
C Will Allen (.310/.348/.381)
RF Preston Overbey (.303/.395/.394)
DH Zach Kirksey (.415/.480/1.122)
CF Auston Bousfield (.275/.386/.319)
RHP R.J. Hively (3-0, 2.08 ERA)
———SCORING SUMMARY ———
AUBURN 5 Ole Miss 0 (T1): The Rebels found themselves in a deep hole after allowing five runs on three hits and five errors in the top of the first. Jay Gonzalez, Creede Simpson, Ryan Tella, Cullen Wacker and Garrett Cooper all scored for Auburn. Tella, the three-hole hitter, laid down a bunt with two on, but Will Allen‘s throw to first hit Tella and Gonzalez was able to score. Wacker reached base via a catcher’s interference and then Simpson and Tella scored on a single (plus error charged to Auston Bousfield for booting the ball) to center field. Following a groundout by Justin Bryant, shortstop Dan Glevenyak bunted to advance the runners, but R.J. Hively‘s toss home was off the mark and Wacker scored. A sacrifice fly to center by catcher Caleb Bowen scored Cooper for the frame’s final inning.
Auburn 5, OLE MISS 1 (B2): Allen hit a two-out double to left-center and then scored on a Preston Overbey single to center, beating the would-be tag when Bowen bobbled the throw from center field.
Auburn 5, OLE MISS 3 (B4): Overbey got Ole Miss back on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, swatting a full-count offering from Will Kendall over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Overbey’s first homer of the season scored Matt Snyder, who led off the frame with a double to right field.
Auburn 5, OLE MISS 4 (B6): Alex Yarbrough led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and then scored on Snyder’s second double of the day.
AUBURN 10, Ole Miss 4 (T8): Auburn put up another five-spot on Ole Miss in the eighth inning courtesy of a fielder’s choice that scored Wacker and a grand slam by third baseman Zach Alvord.
———BY THE NUMBERS———
Auburn starter Will Kendall earned the win, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in five innings to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Hively took the loss for Ole Miss, allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits in seven innings. Hively also struck out four.
Snyder and Overbey did the bulk of the work offensively for the Rebels, each recording three hits apiece; all of Snyder’s hits were doubles… Seven Rebel starters were held hitless in the game.
The Tigers and Rebels will get back after it on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.
Sophomore right-hander Mike Mayers (2-1, 3.43) will take the mound for Ole Miss. Freshman left-hander Daniel Koger (1-1, 1.82) will start for Auburn. (March 17, 2012)