Tonight, Ole Miss hosts the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks for Game 1 of a three-game set.
First pitch is set for just after 6:30 p.m.
The Redhawks travel to Oxford having lost 2 of 3 at the Fist Pitch Invitational in Greenville, S.C. After losing to Michigan State and Furman on Friday and Saturday by a combined 21-10, the Redhawks came roaring back to claim a 1-0 win over MSU on Sunday.
The performance by left-handed senior Shawn Marquardt, Miami’s Sunday starter, against MSU garnered him the MAC Pitcher of the Week honor.
As a team, the Redhawks (3-3 overall) are hitting .272 with a .347 slugging percentage and a .343 on-base percentage.
Tonight, the Redhawks will send junior right-hander Mac Thoreson to the mound opposite of right-handed sophomore Bobby Wahl.
Thoreson is 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA after surrendering 13 earned runs in 7.2 innings of work.
Wahl, on the other hand, represents one half of the reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week honor.
On the year, Wahl is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. The Virginian has struck out 11 and against four walks and six hits in 12 innings. Opponents are hitting .158 off of him.
MIAMI (OHIO) REDHAWKS (3-3 overall)
2B Ryan Brenner (.269 BA/.345 OBP/.269 SLG)
DH Matt Honchel (.421/.476/.421)
LF Bryce Redeker (.263/.500/.368)
1B Kevin Bower (.625/.632/1.000)
CF Alex Johnson (.375/.385/.500)
C John Crummy (.ooo/.000/.000)
3B Dan Walsh (.087/.125/.087)
SS Scott Slappey (.304/.360/.478)
RF Ryan Curl (.263/.263/.263)
RHP Mac Thoreson (0-2, 15.26 ERA)
No. 16 OLE MISS REBELS (7-1 overall)
RF Tanner Mathis (.259/.459/.296)
CF Auston Bousfield (.281/.378/.344)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.312/.353/.531)
1B Matt Snyder (.387/.424/.516)
3B Andrew Mistone (.409/.519/.545)
DH Zach Kirksey (.538/.647/.1.308)
C Will Allen (.267/.281/.267)
LF Senquez Golson (.462/.467/.615)
SS Blake Newalu (.357/.400/.500)
RHP Bobby Wahl (2-0, 1.50 ERA)
——— SCORING SUMMARY ———
MIAMI (OHIO) 1, Ole Miss 0 (T2): Center fielder Alex Johnson reached base courtesy of a one-out single to right field, then advanced to third on a fielding mistake by the Rebels on the relay throw. Johnson then scored courtesy of a single by catcher John Crummy.
MIAMI (OHIO) 7, Ole Miss 0 (T3): The Redhawks exploded (or more accurately, the Rebels imploded?) for five runs on four hits and two errors in the top of the second off of Bobby Wahl.
Miami (Ohio) 7, OLE MISS 5 (B3): Ole Miss responded in the bottom of the third. Senquez Golson and Blake Newalu were each plunked to leadoff the frame. Golson then scored on a single by Tanner Mathis. A single from Auston Bousfield then loaded the bases for Alex Yarbrough. The second baseman came through with a two-run double into right field. A wild pitch and a run-scoring groundout from Andrew Mistone ended Ole Miss’ offensive outburst.
Miami (Ohio) 7, OLE MISS 6 (B4): Newalu pulled the Rebels within one in the fourth, scoring Golson on an infield single.
OLE MISS 7, Miami (Ohio) 7 (B5): Mistone helped tie the game in the fifth, scoring Yarbrough from third when he grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
MIAMI (OHIO) 9, Ole Miss 7 (T6): The Redhawks regained the lead in the sixth, scoring the go-ahead run on a groundout and an additional run (both off of freshman right-hander Casey Mulholland) courtesy of an infield hit from Johnson.
Miami (Ohio) 9, OLE MISS 8 (B7): Yarbrough’s one-out single up the middle scored Mathis from second base to bring the Rebels within one.
ABOUT THE NUMBERS: Redhawk relief pitcher Nathan Williams did his job, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season. The right-hander struck out five while allowing two hits… Mulholland was hit with the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Joe Neff allowed one run on one hit and one walk in 1.1 innings of work… Wahl allowed seven runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks in five innings. The right-hander also struck out seven… Tonight’s game was easily the Rebels’ worst game in the field as Mathis (twice), Snyder and Will Allen were all saddled with errors.
FROM BAD TO WORSE: Freshman catcher Austin Knight entered the game in place of Allen in the seventh inning behind the plate. When Allen’s spot in the order came around in the eighth, freshman reserve Sikes Orvis pinch hit for Knight and then junior transfer Kody Sepulveda entered the game to catch left-handed relief pitcher Dylan Chaves inthe ninth. Following the game, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said Allen fractured the pinky on his throwing hand and “would be out a while.” Allen’s uncertain future, coupled with the fact senior Taylor Hightower is no longer with the team recently due to “personal reasons,” leaves the Rebels with just Knight and Sepulveda behind the plate. Neither catcher has made a start, although both have seen limited game action. In an extreme emergency, the Rebels might be able to turn to Orvis, who caught in high school and has been used as a bullpen catcher at times this year.
NEXT UP: First pitch Saturday is set for 12:30 p.m.
(March 2, 2012)