BLOG: Under an overcast — but dry — sky the Ole Miss Rebels will look to jump ahead 2-0 in their series against Tennessee today at Oxford-University Stadium.
First pitch for the Senior Day game, which will be televised on SportSouth, is set for 4 p.m.
TAKING THE MOUND: Ole Miss will send Mike Mayers to the mound. The right-handed sophomore is 4-2 on the season with a 4.01 ERA. In 67.1 innings, Mayers has struck out 46 and walked 20. Opponents are also hitting .224 off of Mayers.
In his last start, Mayers surrendered four runs in four innings against No. 4 LSU.
Tennessee will turn to Nick Williams. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.67 ERA. In 61.1 innings, Williams has struck out 51 and walked 23. Opponents are also batting .246 off of the sophomore.
PROFESSIONAL BROTHERS: MLB.com has a story on former Ole Miss ace Drew Pomeranz and his older brother, Stuart, on its website entitled “Baseball a family affair for Pomeranz brothers.” Check it out HERE.
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (24-25 overall, 8-17 Southeastern Conference)
2B Will Maddox (.299 BA/.379 OBP/.385)
SS Zach Osborne (.264/.325/.316)
DH Davis Morgan (.287/.347/.376)
LF Drew Steckenrider (.248/.390/.441)
CF Chris Fritts (.252/.367/.364)
RF Jared Allen (.190/.355/.298)
3B Chris Pierce (.272/.378/.352)
C Ethan Bennett (.188/.303/.327)
1B Parker Wormsley (.281/.391/.298)
RHP Nick Williams (3-4, 3.67 ERA)
OLE MISS REBELS (32-18, 12-13)
LF Tanner Mathis (.340/.442/.376)
3B Andrew Mistone (.243/.309/.302)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.404/.449/.551)
1B Matt Snyder (.348/.410/.610)
C Will Allen (.344/.373/.446)
DH Zach Kirksey (.288/.383/.667)
CF Auston Bousfield (.280/.348/.354)
SS Austin Anderson (.224/.345/.296)
RF Will Jamison (.262/.300/.354)
RHP Mike Mayers (4-2, 4.01)
TENNESSEE 1, Ole Miss 0 (Top 1): Rebel starter Mike Mayers had an up and down start to the game. After striking out UT second baseman Will Maddox on three pitches, Mayers surrendered a walk, single and sacrifice fly to left field in order. Drew Steckenrider‘s SAC fly scored Zach Osborne from third to put UT ahead 1-0. Mayers closed out the frame by striking out Chris Fritts.
TENNESSEE 2, Ole Miss 0 (Top 3): Maddox recorded a one-out single, stole second and third and then scored on a passed ball after taking a very long lead off of third base that put him about half way down the base path.
TENNESSEE 3, Ole Miss 0 (Top 4): Vol center fielder Chris Fritts hit a one-out triple into the right field corner and two at-bats later scored on a single to left field by third baseman Chris Pierce.
Tennessee 3, OLE MISS 2 (Bottom 7): Ole Miss finally broke through in the seventh, scoring two runs on two hits and a walk. Rebel center fielder Auston Bousfield led off the frame with a walk and then advanced to third on an Austin Anderson single before scoring on a single through the right side of the infield by right fielder Will Jamison. Anderson scored in the next at-bat on a groundout by left fielder Tanner Mathis.
TENNESSEE 4, Ole Miss 2 (Top 9): Tennessee catcher Ethan Bennett hit a solo homer off the left field foul pole to extend the Vols’ lead to 4-2.
OLE MISS 4, Tennessee 4 (Bottom 9): Anderson led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and then scored on a home run by Sikes Orvis, pinch hitting for Jamison, that landed in the visitor’s bullpen. It was Orvis’ first collegiate homer. Ole Miss would load the bases on two walks and an intentional walk, but Austin Knight and Zach Kirksey struck out in back-to-back at-bats to end the threat.
OLE MISS 7, Tennessee 4 (Bottom 11): The 11th inning ended up playing out almost identical to the end of the ninth,but with one major twist. After Mathis led off the frame with a walk and Mistone successfully sacrificed him to second, the Vols intentionally walked second baseman Alex Yarbrough to get to designated hitter Matt Snyder with the double play possibility. Snyder walked in the ninth inning to load the bases. In the 11th, Snyder made the Volunteers pay by blasting a three-run homer into the Tennessee bullpen.
BY THE NUMBERS: Rebel junior Brett Huber earned the win to improve to 2-2 on the year by throwing two scoreless innings after Tanner Bailey had allowed just one run in five innings of relief work. Tennessee right-hander Drew Steckenrider was hit with the loss after allowing five runs in 4.1 innings in relief of starter Nick Williams…Mayers earned a no decision after allowing three runs (two earned) in four innings… Mathis, Anderson and Jamison each had two hits for Ole Miss in the game.
READY TO GO? Following the game, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco was noncommittal when asked if R.J. Hively would start on Sunday when the Rebels look for their first sweep of a conference foe on the season. Bianco said he would talk to R.J., who pitched two scoreless frames Friday to earn the save, and see if he would be alright to start. Bianco added that if Hively can’t start they have several other options.
First pitch on Sunday is set for 1:30 p.m.
(May 12, 2012)