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Rebels scratch out 1-0 win on Opening Day

VIDEO BLOG: Baseball season is finally upon us.

With temperatures hovering in the low 50s and dipping into the 40s, the No. 13 Ole Miss baseball team will kick off the 2013 season with a familiar foe in the No. 14 TCU Horned Frogs.

First pitch today is set for 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and noon starts.

After splitting a rain-shortened 2012 opening series in Fort Worth, Texas, the Rebels and Horned Frogs met once again in the post season, making up one half of the College Station (Texas) Regional.

(HERE are pictures from the series in Texas.)

The Rebels and Horned Frogs ended up playing three times in the regional, with TCU advancing to face UCLA.

(And HERE are pictures from one of the TCU-Ole Miss regional games.)

While the season is just getting started, we’ve been in mid-season form at the Oxford EAGLE with plenty of #RebsBSB coverage leading up to this point.

Below are a couple of previews leading up to today’s game:

No. 13 Rebels open against familiar foe
Rebels return plenty of experience in ’13
Bianco names RHP Ellis Sunday starter
Ole Miss spruces up O-U Stadium
Diamond Rebs host media day
Rebels’ roster set heading into season

Baseball hasn’t been all the Diamond Rebels have been focused on in the past month or so.

Below are a few videos the fellas have been working on leading up to today.

The “trick shot” video:

The “mask” #RebsBSB promo:

And the 2013 Ole Miss baseball promotional video:

Also, in addition to the new signage and banners, will be the Solo Cup Races:


Friday’s Games
TCU at Ole Miss, 4 p.m.
Portland at Mississippi State, 4 p.m.
VMI at Alabama, 6 p.m.
Western Illinois at Arkansas, 3 p.m.
Maine at Auburn, 3 p.m.
Duke at Florida, 6 p.m. (SUN)
Georgia at Georgia Southern, 5 p.m.
Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville, 11 a.m.
Maryland at LSU, 7 p.m.
Missouri at Southern Miss, 4 p.m.
Liberty at South Carolina, 2 p.m.
Tennessee at UNLV, 8 p.m.
UIC at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.
Long Beach State at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m.

Saturday’s Games
TCU at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m.
Portland at Mississippi State, 2 p.m.
VMI at Alabama, 2 p.m.
Western Illinois at Arkansas, Noon
Maine at Auburn (DH), Noon
Duke at Florida, 3 p.m.
Georgia at Georgia Southern, 1:30 p.m.
Kentucky vs. USC Upstate, 3 p.m.
Maryland at LSU, CST, 1 p.m.
Missouri at Southern Miss, 2 p.m.
Liberty at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Tennessee at UNLV (DH), 3 p.m.
UIC at Texas A&M, 2 p.m.
Long Beach State at Vanderbilt, 2 pm.

Sunday’s Games
TCU at Ole Miss, Noon
Portland at Mississippi State (DH), 1 p.m.
VMI at Alabama, 1 p.m.
West Illinois at Arkansas, 1 p.m.
Maine at Auburn, 11 a.m.
Duke at Florida, 11 a.m.
Georgia at Georgia Southern, 12:30 p.m.
Kentucky vs. Niagara, 11 a.m.
Maryland at LSU, Noon Missouri at Southern Miss, 1 p.m.
Liberty at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Tennessee at UNLV, 3 p.m.
UIC at Texas A&M, 1 p.m.
Long Beach State at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.


No. 14 TCU HORNED FROGS (0-0 overall)
CF Cody Jones
2B Derek Odell
1B Kevin Cron
3B Jantzen Witte
LF Brett Johnson
DH Jerrick Suiter
RF Dylan Fitzgerald
SS Keaton Jones
C Kyle Bacak
LHP Brandon Finnegan

LF Tanner Mathis
SS Austin Anderson
CF Auston Bousfield
DH Will Allen
C Stuart Turner
1B Sikes Orvis
3B Andrew Mistone
RF Will Jamison
2B Lance Wilson
RHP Bobby Wahl


 OLE MISS 1, Texas Christian University 0 (Bottom 5): After four scoreless frames the Rebels finally scored their first run of the season in the bottom of the fifth. After first baseman Sikes Orvis took third on a passed ball and then scored on a suicide squeeze with Will Jamison at the plate.

FINAL SCORE: No. 13 Ole Miss 1, No. 14 Texas Christian University

HOW IT WAS WON: It took a somewhat crazy turn of events, but No. 13 Ole Miss found a way to preserve a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Texas Christian University on Opening Day. Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Rebels brought senior right-hander Brett Huber in to close out the game in the ninth. After leadoff batter Jantzen Witte reached on an error by Austin Anderson and then Brett Johnson reached when he beat out a throw from third baseman Andrew Mistone that was dropped by first baseman Sikes Orvis. Pinch hitter Davy Wright successfully bunted Witte and Johnson over and Ole Miss intentionally walked Dylan Fitzgerald to load the bases. Pinch hitter Kevin Daniels then hit a sharp grounder Anderson. That’s where the game took a bit of a crazy turn. Anderson stepped on second base and was about to throw to first as Fitzgerald crashed into the bag, but Huber was late getting over to cover first. Regardless, second base umpire Fred Cannon called interference Fitzgerald to end the game. TCU’s players stood stunned in place on the field while Ole Miss’ players raced to meet at the mound in celebration.

Postgame, Huber, center fielder Auston Bousfield, starter Bobby Wahl and head coach Mike Bianco each said they didn’t see the play at second base because they were watching first so intently.

Despite surrendering a hit and a walk, Huber earned his first save of the season and 27th of his career, moving him past current director of operations and former All-America selection Stephen Head for the school’s all-time lead.

Wahl earned the win, allowing three walks and three hits while striking out eight in 6.1 innings. TCU starter Brandon Finnegan was hit with the loss, allowing the one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four.

Rebel right-hander Tanner Bailey performed well in relief of Wahl, striking out one in 1.2 innings of work.

Bousfield was 2-for-3 with a walk in the three hole; Will Allen, Orvis and Mistone had Ole Miss’ other hits.

Johnson led TCU with two hits.

Taking the mound for Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. start will be right-handers Preston Morrison for TCU and Mike Mayers for Ole Miss.

Below are post-game interviews with Huber and Bianco:

 (February 15, 2013)

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