BLOG — Ole Miss right-hander Chris Ellis continued his strong start to the 2014 season, and the Rebels improved to 5-0 with a 3-0 victory over Georgia State in the opening game of a weekend series Friday afternoon at Swayze Field.
Georgia State (3-2) came in hitting .384 as a team but couldn’t solve Ellis, who hurled a five-hit shutout to run his string of consecutive scoreless innings to begin the season to 15. Ellis, whose six innings against Stetson last Friday served as his previous career long outing, threw just 101 pitches, striking out four and walking none.
The Rebels’ offense did enough to back Ellis’ effort, pushing across a pair of runs in the second inning and another in the fourth.
Ole Miss finished with just seven hits but came up with timely ones. J.B. Woodman’s sacrifice bunt moved a pair of runners into scoring position before Will Jamison followed with a single to right field to get the Rebels on the board. Jamison was thrown out trying to advance to second, but it allowed Preston Overbey to race home for another run to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
Ole Miss got to Georgia State starter Nathan Bates for three runs on six hits, chasing the right-hander after 3.1 innings. Bates left with the bases loaded in the fourth before reliever Garrett Ford walked Braxton Lee — the first batter he faced — to force home the Rebels’ final run.
Overbey went 2-for-4 for the Rebels while Will Allen, Sikes Orvis, Woodman, Jamison and Lee each had a hit. Nic Wilson led the Panthers with two hits.
The second game of the series is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The series finale will be played Sunday at the same time. (February 21, 2014)