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Smith, Bortles power Ole Miss past UT-Martin

After the emotional series win against Vanderbilt Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco broke it down for his team and explained exactly what they have to do to find themselves back in the NCAA tournament come June— win games. Sam Smith and the rest of the Ole Miss baseball team did just that. Smith gave a quality start and Colby Bortles’ bat remained hot as the Rebels defeated UT-Martin 11-1 Wednesday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium. (April 16, 2015, Page 6)

Ole Miss holds on for series win over No. 1 Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One night after rallying behind four runs in the ninth and coming back to win a 16-inning thriller, the Ole Miss baseball team maintained the momentum by taking down No. 1 Vanderbilt for the second-straight game, 5-4, to claim a big SEC series on the road. With a victory over the Commodores (28-9, 11-4 SEC), the defending national champions, the Rebels (18-18, 7-8 SEC) improve to an impressive 5-4 against No. 1 teams in 2015. (April 12, 2015, Page 2B)

Diamond Rebels fall to USM

PEARL — In its first game as part of the 2015 Mississippi College Series, the Ole Miss baseball team dropped a close matchup to Southern Miss, 6-5, Tuesday night. The in-state rivals battled it out at Trustmark Park in Pearl, but it was the Golden Eagles (18-11-1) who emerged with a one-run victory over the Rebels (16-17). (April 8, 2015, Page 1B)

Diamond Rebels travel to Arkansas in search of offensive, pitching answers

It has been an up-and-down week for the Ole Miss baseball team. After winning their first Southeastern Conference series against then-No.1-ranked Florida last weekend, the Rebels were swept by UAB during a doubleheader on Tuesday.  Now Ole Miss (13-12, 3-3 SEC) must attempt to flush the events from two days ago and turn its attention to Arkansas (11-12, 1-5), where the Rebels begin a three-game series tonight in Fayetteville, Arkansas (6:30 p.m., ESPNU). (March 26, 2015, Page 6)

Rebels drop twinbill to UAB

The Ole Miss baseball team suffered a doubleheader setback at the hands of the UAB Blazers on Tuesday afternoon. UAB (14-9) held the Rebels (13-12) to one run in each seven-inning game, claiming the first contest, 6-1, before taking the finale, 3-1. (March 25, 2015, Page 6)

Diamond Rebels drop rubber match to No. 1 LSU, lose opening SEC series

BATON ROUGE, La. – In the rubber match of the opening series of Southeastern Conference play, the Ole Miss baseball team suffered an 18-6 defeat to No. 1 LSU Sunday afternoon. After the Rebels (10-9, 1-2 SEC) struck in the first inning, the Tigers (18-2, 2-1 SEC) countered with 10 unanswered runs en route to claiming the series. (March 16, 2015, Page 6)

Ole Miss takes down No. 8 Louisville, 8-3

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Closing out the midweek series, the Ole Miss baseball team bounced back from Tuesday’s loss by soaring past the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals, 8-3, Wednesday afternoon. The Rebels (9-7) scored multiple runs in three different innings and added solid pitching from Sam Smith and Will Stokes to pick up the victory. (March 12, 2015, Page 6)

Hatters use big innings to rout Ole Miss in finale

With a big week of games coming up for the No. 22 Ole Miss baseball team, the Rebels were looking for momentum heading in. With the chance to earn their first series sweep of the season, the Rebels were unable to as Stetson’s bats came alive and Ole Miss was unable to capitalize on opportunities in a 16-4 loss Sunday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium. (March 9, 2015, Page 6)

Ole Miss splits DH with Knights, salvages series

ORLANDO, Fla. — Playing a doubleheader for the third-straight weekend, the No. 18 OIe Miss Baseball team saw a similar outcome in its previous two by splitting a pair of games with No. 15 UCF on Sunday afternoon, March 1. The Knights (10-1) won the first game, 3-2, before the Rebels (6-4) handed UCF its first loss of the 2015 season with a 4-3 victory in game two. (March 2, 2015, Page 6)

Defense aids Rebels in series win over Wright St.

On a day where offense was tough to come by it was defense that made the play when it mattered most. No. 18 Ole Miss beat Wright State 3-2 in Game 2 of Sunday double header thanks to a double play that started with shortstop Errol Robinson snagging a liner hit by Raider Andrew McCafferty then tossing it to second baseman Tate Blackman for the final out and securing the series win. The Rebels (4-2) dropped the first game of the day by a score of 3-1 to create the rubber match. Game 2 was a shortened seven-inning affair. (February 23, 2015, Page 6)

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