The Rebels are back to their winning ways. Ole Miss (12-9, 2-2 SEC) defeated No. 1 Florida (19-4, 2-2 SEC) in Game 1 of the series Friday night at Swayze Field.
Rebel pitching was exceptional, as Christian Trent and Scott Weathersby combined to hold the Gators to one run on three hits. Junior lefty Trent was on his game and pitched 6.1 strong innings. When he was done, he gave way to Weathersby. The senior right-hander came in, competed and filled the zone up with pitches. He held the Gators at bay for the final 2.2 innings.
The Friday night fireworks came early for the Rebels. In the first inning, freshman third baseman Will Golsan hit a one-out double down the right field line, followed by sophomore centerfielder J. B. Woodman’s two-run homerun. Those were all the runs the Rebels would need for the night.
However, Ole Miss wasn’t done scoring. In the sixth inning, the Rebels picked up two insurance runs as senior catcher Austin Knight delivered a one-out, two-run single plating Tate Blackman and Errol Robinson.
The Rebels were solid all the way around Friday night–throwing strikes, making all the defensive plays and picking up some key hits. Afterwards, Coach Mike Bianco was pleased with his team’s performance:
“This is the best we have played. We pitched really well and we defended great. We moved better tonight. We were aggressive in the field attacking the ball and trying to make plays. We looked more like ourselves tonight.”
Ole Miss is in the midst of a murderer’s row of sorts in the schedule, having faced Louisville #7 (split 1-1), LSU (1-2), and now Florida (lead 1-0) in the last 10 days.
Here are some of the Ole Miss stand-outs from Game 1 against the Gators.
Leading Hitters for the Rebels
Rebel Pitching shows some teeth against Gators
Series continues Saturday at Swayze
The series with the Gators will continue at 1:30 p.m. Saturday as Brady Bramlett takes the hill for Ole Miss. Head on out to Swayze and support your Rebels. Let’s look for another victory against a top ranked opponent!!
(Featured image courtesy of Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics)