BLOG: The No. 14 Diamond Rebels will look to carry over Friday’s good all-around performance today when they host the Houston Cougars for the second of a three-game set.
Friday, the Rebels scored six runs on eight singles in the first inning and cruised to an 8-0 victory. It was the second time the Rebels (11-2 overall) have shut out an opponent this season.
LET’S GET STARTED: Taking the mound for Houston today will be senior left-hander Jordan Lewis. The Oregon native is 2-1 in four appearances on the season with a 2.16 ERA and has struck out seven and walked six in 16.2 innings.
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America chatted with RebelGrove.com‘s Chase Parham prior to the weekend’s series. Here’s what Fitt had to say about Lewis:
“Saturday starter Jordan Lewis may be the Rebels’ biggest concern this weekend. The lefty can work toward 90 and has a plus curve he uses in any count. The change-up is mainly just for show, but his top two pitches will make the Rebels really work offensively this weekend… Lewis is more of a pitchability left-hander, pitches around 86-89 with the ability to locate his breaking ball and changeup pretty well. He does a good job staying out of the middle of the plate.”
Ole Miss will send senior right-hander R.J. Hively to the mound. Hively is 2-0 on the year with a 2.87 ERA in three appearances and has struck out 20 and walked just four in 15.2 innings.
Against Miami (Ohio) last weekend Hively had his best strongest of the season, striking out seven and allowing just three base runners in six innings of work.
HOUSTON COUGARS (6-7 overall)
SS Jake Runte (.319 BA/.448 OBP/.447 SLG)
LF Cory Kay (.200/.273/.500)
1B Casey Grayson (.250/.362/.292)
2B Chase Jensen (.325/.426/.350)
RF Jacob Lueneburg (.269/.321/.269)
C John Cannon (.262/.354/.286)
CF Price Jacobs (.244/.311/.366)
DH Jonathan Davis (.167/.167/.167)
3B Taylor White (.265/.409/.353)
LHP Jordan Lewis (2-1, 2.16)
No. 14 OLE MISS REBELS (11-2)
LF Tanner Mathis (.311/.483/.333)
CF Auston Bousfield (.288/.383/.327)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.431/.482/.627)
DH Matt Snyder (.333/.396/.479)
3B Andrew Mistone (.317/.383/.415)
RF Senquez Golson (.312/.343/.375)
1B Preston Overbey (.292/.346/.417)
SS Blake Newalu (.353/.471/.421)
C Austin Knight (.364/.417/.364)
RHP R.J. Hively (2-0, 2.87)
———SCORING SUMMARY ———
OLE MISS 2, Houston 0 (B1): For the second time in as many days the Rebels jumped ahead of Houston in the first inning courtesy of an RBI-triple by Alex Yarbrough and an RBI-single from Matt Snyder.
OLE MISS 7 Houston 0 (B3): A double by Snyder in the third scored Yarbrough to extend Ole Miss’ lead to 3-0. Ole Miss would go on to score four more runs in the inning on an RBI-single from Preston Overbey, a two-run single by Blake Newalu and a sacrifice fly to center field by Auston Bousfield.
OLE MISS 9, Houston 0 (B6): An RBI-single by Senquez Golson and a sacrifice fly by Newalu extended Ole Miss’ lead to 9-0 in the sixth.
———BY THE NUMBERS———
After six scoreless innings by starter R.J. Hively, Blair Wright and Jon Andy Scott combined to pitch three scoreless innings to preserve the shutout. Hively improved to 3-0 on the year, striking out nine against four hits and two walks… Jordan Lewis, the reigning Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks in 2.1 innings…Every Ole Miss starter with the exception of Bousfield recorded a hit today (Bousfield did walk, score and record an RBI, however). Yarbrough and Overbey each had two hits while Snyder was a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBis and two runs scored… Newalu, back from his one game suspension due to breaking team rules, was 1-for-5 with a game-high three RBIs… Tanner Mathis was 2-for-3 at the plate, but the bigger news of note is he drew his 15th walk of the season. The junior walked 15 times in each of the previous two seasons… The back-to-back 8-0 and 9-0 victories mark the first time since early last season that the Rebels have had consecutive shutouts. The Rebels shut out Jackson State 8-0 March 15 and Alabama 4-0 the following Friday. Earlier in 2011, the Rebels blanked Lipscomb 8-0 and 3-0 on Friday and Saturday. Prior to last season, the Rebels had not shut out opponents in back-to-back games since blanking Illinois-Chicago 10-0 and 5-0 on March 4 and 5.
First pitch on Sunday is set for noon. (March 10, 2012)