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Knight makes No. 8 Rebs walk-off winners

BLOG: Game 1 wasn’t the prettiest performance of the season for No. 8 Ole Miss.

Despite walking seven, and allowing two more Rhode Island batters to reach base via a HBP and an error, the Rebels rolled to an 8-1 victory Friday.

Today, the Rebels will look for the series with a 1:30 p.m. start at Oxford-University Stadium.

Junior right-hander Mike Mayers takes the mound for Ole Miss. In his debut against TCU, Mayers allowed two runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings while striking out three.

The Rams (0-4) will counter with right-hander Sean Furney. Against Florida State, Furney allowed one run despite seven walks and four hits in four innings to get a no decision.


Friday’s Results 
Ole Miss 8, Rhode Island 1
Florida Gulf Coast, Florida 2
Pepperdine 5, Texas A&M 3
Memphis 6, Missouri 0
Arkansas 10, Evansville 4
Kentucky 6, Elon 1
Alabama 5, Florida Atlantic 2
Vanderbilt 5, Monmouth 1
Mississippi State 3, Purdue 2
Arizona State 4, Tennessee 0
Middle Tennessee State at Auburn, PPD (2/23)
Albany at South Carolina, PPD (2/24)
Southeastern Louisiana at LSU, SUSPENDED (2/24)

Saturday’s Games
Rhode Island at Ole Miss, 1 p.m.
Samford at Mississippi State, 3 p.m.
Purdue at Mississippi State, 6 p.m.
Arizona State at Tennessee, noon
Albany at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
College of Charleston at Auburn, 1 p.m.
Evansville at Arkansas, 1:05 p.m.
Missouri at Memphis, 2 p.m.
Kentucky at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m.
Monmouth at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m.
Pepperdine at Texas A&M, 2:05 p.m.
Alabama at Florida Atlantic, 3 p.m.
Belmont at Georgia, 3 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at Florida, 3 p.m.
BYU at LSU, 6 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State at Auburn (makeup from Friday)

Sunday’s Games 
Rhode Island at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m.
Samford at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m.
Arizona State at Tennessee, noon
Alabama at Florida Atlantic, noon
Florida Gulf Coast at Florida, noon (FSFL)
Albany at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Missouri at Memphis, 1 p.m.
Belmont at Georgia, 1 p.m.
Monmouth at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.
Evansville at Arkansas, 1:05 p.m.
Pepperdine at Texas A&M, 1:05 p.m.
Indiana State at Auburn, 2 p.m.
Albany at South Carolina, PPD (2/24)
Southeastern Louisiana at LSU


RHODE ISLAND RAMS (0-4 overall)
CF Jeff Roy
2B Joe Landi
3B Mike LeBel
DH Pat Quinn
1B Pat Fortunato
RF Kevin Stenhouse
LF Chris Famiglietti
C Shane O’Connell
SS Tim Caputo
RHP Sean Furney

No. 8 OLE MISS REBELS (5-0 overall)
LF Tanner Mathis
SS Austin Anderson
CF Auston Bousfield
C Stuart Turner
1B Sikes Orvis
DH Will Allen
3B Andrew Mistone
RF Will Jamison
2B Preston Overbey
RHP Bobby Wahl


OLE MISS 1, Rhode Island 0 (Bottom 9): It took the entire game, but Ole Miss finally scored a run in heroic fashion in the ninth. With runners on second and third and two outs, reserve catcher Austin Knight, who was pinch-hitting for right fielder Will Jamison, drove a pitch off relief pitcher Ty Sterner just past Rhode Island center fielder Jeff Roy to score Cameron Dishon from third. Just prior to Knight’s third at-bat of the young season, the sophomore had been catching in Ole Miss’ bullpen and had to run down to the dugout, strip out of his catching gear and head for the batter’s box. Post-game, Knight said he wasn’t seeing the ball out of the southpaw’s hand very well and went to a two-strike approach early in the at-bat. Nonetheless, Knight got the job done to clinch the series for the Rebels.

FINAL SCORE: No. 8 Ole Miss 1, Rhode Island 0.

HOW IT WAS WON: Ole Miss’ win was in some ways set up the frame before when closer Brett Huber entered in relief of Tanner Bailey with two runners on and just one out. Huber got Rams leadoff hitter, Roy, to fly out to left field and then struck out second baseman Joe Landi to send the game to the bottom of the ninth. … As luck would have it, Knight said his father, Sumrall High baseball coach Larry, had today’s game rained out and opted to drive up to Oxford to see the game. … Huber earned the win, while Sterner was hit with the loss. … Rams starter Sean Furney bamboozled the Rebels for eight innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers pitched six scoreless frames, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out four. …Turner recorded two hits to leas the Rebels.

NEW STARTER: Following the game, Ole Miss SID Bill Bunting announced on twitter that sophomore Sam Smith will start Sunday in place of expected Sunday starter Chris Ellis.

#RebsBSB looking to get Ellis another week of rest to recover from a preseason tweak to his midsection,” Bunting tweeted.

In his season debut on Wednesday against UT-Martin, Smith pitched three scoreless frames, striking out three and allowing two Skyhawks to reach base.

Sunday’s game is set for a 1 p.m. start.

PARTING VIEW: Below is the post-game interview with Knight:

For more from Saturday’s game, checkout Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (February 23, 2013)

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