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LIVE BLOG: Ole Miss vs. Belmont (Game 1)

LIVE BLOG: Ole Miss vs. Belmont (Game 1)

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss baseball hosts Belmont this evening at Swayze, and we’ve got a live blog of all the action!

WE WILL BRING YOU A BATTER-BY-BATTER UPDATE HERE IN OUR LIVE BLOG THROUGHOUT THE GAME. SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES AND REFRESH AS NEEDED. #HottyToddy 


FINAL: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 4

INNING 9

Top of 9th

Due up for Belmont: 7-8-9. To the mound for Ole Miss will be Cole Baker on for Murrell. Ben Van Cleve to first for Trey LaFleur.  Rebels lead Bruins 12-1. 

Heaton – Belmont first baseman up to start the ninth and he singles to center for his first hit of the season in his first game of the season.

Okins – He’s on to pinch hit for Campbell. Okins walks and Heaton goes to second. Two on, nobody out for Belmont.

Capobianco – Shortstop Capobianco up to bat. Okins to second and Heaton to third on wild pitch. Capobianco draws the walk and Belmont has bases loaded with no outs.

Ehren – Right fielder up to bat with bases loaded and no outs. Ehren reached on catcher’s interference, RBI (1-2 KBF); Capobianco advanced to second; Okins advanced to third; Heaton scored. Ole Miss leads 12-2. Belmont has bases loaded with no outs.

Behrends – Belmont CF up with bases loaded and no outs. Behrends popped up to 3b (3-2 KBBFFB).

Crider – Three-hole hitter Crider is up next. Belmont has bases loaded and one out. Ole Miss leads 12-2. Ehren advanced to second; Capobianco advanced to third; Okins scored on a wild pitch, unearned. Ole Miss leads 12-3. Crider draws the walk. Bases loaded. 

**New pitcher for Ole Miss as Josh Mallitz comes in for Cole Baker. Mallitz inherits bases loaded and one out. Rebels lead 12-3. 

Jarvis – Third baseman for Belmont up next. Jarvis singled to right field, RBI (1-0 B); Crider advanced to second; Ehren advanced to third; Capobianco scored, unearned. Rebels lead 12-4. 

Rando – Rando flies out to right field. Two outs, bases loaded for Belmont.

Landers – DH Landers up next. He flies out to center and the Rebels win!

END OF GAME: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 4


INNING 8

Top of 8th

Due up for Belmont: 3-4-5. New pitcher for Ole Miss will be 6-4 RHP Mitch Murrell. The sophomore relieves Cody Adcock. He is the 18th pitcher for Ole Miss thus far this season. Changes in the field for the Rebels: Wood to second and Plumlee to right field. Ole Miss leads 12-1. 

Crider – The Belmont left fielder goes down swinging as Murrell strikes out the first batter he faces with a 90 mph pitch!

Jarvis – Bruins’ third baseman Jarvis up to bat with nobody on and one out. He draws a 4-pitch walk.

Rando – Rando on to pinch hit for Lowry. Belmont has runner on first with one out. Murrell gets Rando to go down looking! That’s Murrell’s second strikeout of the game.

Landers – Belmont DH Landers up to bat with runner on first and two outs. He grounds out to short!

Bottom of 8th

Due up for Ole Miss: 1-2-3. Bench, Sammons, Loposer. Ole Miss leads Belmont, 12-1. New pitcher for Belmont will be Kory Winning for Dusty Baird. 

Justin Bench – Ole Miss leadoff hitter grounds out to third.

Cade Sammons – Cade reaches on a fielding error by 2b. Rebels have runner on first with one out.

Knox Loposer – Knox reaches on a fielder’s choice. Sammons out at second (3b to 2b). Two outs, runner on first.

Tim Elko – Captain and cleanup batter Elko up next. Loposer to second on a wild pitch. Elko grounds out to short to end the 8th.

END OF 8TH INNING: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 1


INNING 7

Top of 7th

Due up for Belmont: 7-8-9. Adcock back to the mound for Ole Miss. Changes in the field for the Rebels: Loposer to catcher, Sammons to center, Bench to shortstop. Rebels lead Belmont 12-1. 

Heaton – Belmont first baseman leads off the seventh and grounds out to third.

Campbell – Belmont catcher draws a four-pitch walk.

Capobianco – Bruins’ shortstop goes down looking! Second K for Adcock! Two down, runner on first for Belmont.

Shaklett – Top of the order comes up as Shaklett steps up to bat. He singles to center and Campbell goes to second.

Behrends – Two-hole hitter Behrends is up to bat now for Belmont. Bruins have runners on first and second with two outs. He flies out to left to end the Belmont part of the seventh.

Bottom of 7th

Due up for Ole Miss: 5-6-7. Graham, Baker, Leatherwood. On the mound for Belmont will be Dusty Baird. 

Kevin Graham – Ole Miss left fielder Graham singles to right field!

Cael Baker – Ole Miss DH strikes out. One on, one out for the Rebs. Ole Miss leads 12-1.

John Rhys Plumlee – John Rhys Plumlee on to pinch hit for Leatherwood. He draws the walk and Graham advances to second.

Garrett Wood – Wood on to pinch hit for McCants. He strikes out swings. Two down for Ole Miss. Rebels have runners on first and second and lead 12-1.

Trey LaFleur – LaFleur strikes out on a full-count pitch to end the Rebels’ portion of the seventh.

END OF 7TH INNING: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 1


INNING 6

Top of 6th

New pitcher for the Rebels as freshman Cody Adcock takes the mound for Nikhazy. Doug finishes with 89 total pitches. His final line is: 5 IP | 2H | 1 R | 1 ER | 2 BB | 10 K

Due up for Belmont: 3-4-5. 

Crider – He doubles down the left field line for the three-hole hitter, his first hit of the game. That’s just the third hit for the Bruins tonight.

Jarvis – Belmont third baseman up next. He’s also the son of the Bruins’ head coach. He flies out to left field for the first out of the sixth.

Lowry – Second baseman Lowry pops up to Ole Miss Gonzalez at shortstop. Two down, runner on second.

Landers – DH hitter Landers goes down swinging! Strikeout for Adcock to end the top half of the inning.

Bottom of 6th

Due up for Ole Miss: 9-1-2. LaFleur, Bench, Gonzalez. New pitcher for Belmont. Dusty Baird takes the mound for Bell. Ole Miss leads 12-1. 

Trey LaFleur – Trey strikes out looking.

Justin Bench – Ole Miss CF Bench draws a one-out walk.

Cade Sammons – Sammons is in to pinch hit for Jacob Gonzalez. Bench advances to second on a wild pitch. Sammons draws a walk. Rebels with runners on first and second with one out.

Knox Loposer – Loposer to pinch hit for Hayden Dunhurst. Knox strikes out swinging.

Tim Elko – Captain and cleanup batter Elko comes to bat with runners on first and second and two outs. He flies out to center to end the sixth.

END OF 6TH INNING: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 1


INNING 5

Top of 5th

Due up for Belmont: 7-8-9. Doug Nikhazy back to the mound for Ole Miss. He’s thrown 67 pitches as we start the fifth. 

Heaton – He grounds out to LaFleur at first. One out for Belmont.

Campbell – Belmont Catcher up next. He reaches on an Ole Miss fielding error (1B).

Capobianco – Bruins’ shortstop is up next. He singles to center and Campbell goes to second. That’s just the second hit Doug Nikhazy has given up thus far.

Shaklett – Top of the order comes up for Belmont. This marks the first time tonight the Bruins have had two runners on (at the same time). He goes down swinging — Doug’s NINTH K of the game.

Behrends – CF Behrends comes up to bat. He’s the two-hole hitter. Belmont with two on, two outs. Doug gets him to go down swinging! 10 Ks for Nikhazy tonight!

Bottom of 5th

Due up for Ole Miss: 3-4-5. Dunhurst, Elko, Graham. Korey Bell back to the mound for Belmont. He’s thrown 22 pitches in 1 IP thus far. 

Hayden Dunhurst – The Rebs’ catcher has a double, a walk, and a SAC fly tonight as he goes up to bat here in the fifth. He draws a leadoff walk.

Tim Elko – Captain and third baseman Tim Elko has had a double, a single and a home run tonight as he steps up to bat. He is HBP and takes first. Dunhurst to second. No outs and two on for Ole Miss.

Kevin Graham – Left fielder and five-hole hitter Graham up now for the Rebels. He strikes out swinging. one out for the Rebels who have two on.

Cael Baker – Ole Miss DH hitter Cael Baker up next. He grounds out BUT Bianco has challenged that Baker is out at first. This should be overturned and Baker called safe at first.

** Call is overturned. Baker is safe at first and is credited with an infield single! 

Hayden Leatherwood – Leatherwood flies out to center. Rebels have bases loaded and two outs.

TJ McCants – TJ pops up to short and to the sixth we go.

END OF 6TH INNING: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 1


INNING 4

Top of 4th

Due up for Belmont: 3-4-5, Crider-Jarvis-Lowry. Nikhazy back to the mound for Ole Miss. He’s thrown 49 total pitches as we start the fourth. Ole Miss leads 12-0! 

Crider – The Belmont LF is up first. He goes down swinging! That’s SIX K’s for Doug tonight!

Jarvis – Cleanup batter Jarvis homers to right field. Ole Miss leads 12-1.

Lowry – He goes down swinging. That’s Doug’s SEVENTH strikeout on the night.

Landers – DH Landers up next. Nobody on and two outs. Another strikeout for Doug, his EIGHTH!

Bottom of 4th

Due up for Ole Miss: 7-8-9. Leatherwood, McCants, LaFleur. New pitcher for Belmont. Korey Bell for Shultz.

Hayden Leatherwood – Hayden flies out to center.

TJ McCants – The Ole Miss second baseman is up next. He draws a full-count walk. Rebels with one on and one out, leading 12-1.

Trey LaFleur – Trey draws a full-count walk. He takes first and TJ goes to second. One out for Ole Miss with two on.

Justin Bench – Ole Miss CF Bench, the leadoff batter, is up next. Rebels are leading 12-1 at this juncture. He flies out to right and McCants advances to third. Runners on the corners with two outs.

Jacob Gonzalez – Rebs shortstop grounds out to first and to the fifth inning we go.

END OF 4TH INNING: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 1


INNING 3

Top of 3rd

Due up for Belmont: 9-1-2. Nikhazy back to the mound for Ole Miss. He’s thrown 40 total pitches. 

Capobianco – The nine-hole hitter for Belmont flies out to centerfield for the first out of the third.

Shaklett – He grounds out to first. Two up, two down for the Bruins. Rebels lead 9-0.

Behrends – Belmont CF Behrends goes down swinging! That’s FIVE K’s for Doug!

Bottom of 3rd

Due up for Ole Miss: Bench, Gonzalez, Dunhurst. Chandler Schultz back to the mound for Belmont. Rebels lead Bruins, 9-0. 

Justin Bench – Ole Miss CF Bench is up to start the bottom of the 3rd. He grounds out to short.

Jacob Gonzalez – The shortstop and two-hole hitter up now for the Rebels with nobody on and one out. He draws a walk and the Rebs have a man on.

Hayden Dunhurst – The Rebs’ catcher is up to bat next. Gonzalez advances to second on a passed ball. Dunhurst draws a four-pitch walk. Runners on first and second with one out for Ole Miss. Rebs lead 9-0.

Tim Elko – Ole Miss captain and cleanup batter Elko up next. ELKO WITH A THREE-RUN HOMER!!! OLE MISS LEADS 12-0!

Kevin Graham – Graham flies out to CF. Rebels have two outs, nobody on after Elko’s three-run dinger.

Cael Baker – Baker flies out to end the third. Another big inning for the Rebels.

END OF 3RD INNING: OLE MISS 12, BELMONT 0


INNING 2

Top of 2nd

Due up for Belmont: 5-6-7. Nikhazy back to the mound for the Rebels. He enters the inning having thrown 20 total pitches. Ole Miss leads 4-0. 

Lowry – He goes down swinging! Three strikeouts for Doug today.

Landers – DH Landers is up next. He flies out to center! Two outs, nobody on.

Heaton – First baseman and seven-hole hitter Heaton is up next. He draws a full-count, two-out walk.

Campbell – The Belmont catcher comes up to bat with runner on first and two outs. Ole Miss leads 4-0. Another strikeout for Doug, his FOURTH of the game!

Bottom of 2nd

Due up for Ole Miss: Bench, Gonzalez, Dunhurst. Top of the order up for the Rebels. On the mound for Belmont, Logan Bowen returns. He’s thrown 39 total pitches as the B2 starts.

Justin Bench – Bench grounds out to second.

Jacob Gonzalez – The shortstop singles up the middle and gets to second on an error by Belmont CF. Rebels with runner on and one out.

Hayden Dunhurst – Catcher Dunhurst is up next. Gonzalez gets to third on a wild pitch. Rebels have RISP and one out. Dunhurst doubles down the right field line and scores Gonzalez! Ole Miss leads 5-0! 

Tim Elko – Cleanup batter for the Rebs is up next. He’s got Dunhurst on second and one out. Elko singles to right field and scores Dunhurst! Rebels lead 6-0!

Kevin Graham – Kevin singles to right center and Elko gets to third! One out for the Rebels and runners on the corners.

Cael Baker – DH and six-hole hitter Baker is up next. He’s got runners on the corners and one out. He singles up the middle and scores Elko! Rebels lead 7-0! Graham gets to third. Rebels have one out and one RISP. 

**New pitcher for Belmont. Logan Bowen is replaced by Chandler Schultz. 

Hayden Leatherwood – Ole Miss RF Leatherwood is up next. He gets the SAC fly to left field and scores Graham. Rebels lead 8-0. 

TJ McCants – Eight-hole hitter McCants is up next. Baker gets to second on a  wild pitch. He singles to right center and scores Baker for the RBI! Rebels lead 9-0. 

Trey LaFleur – McCants gets to second on a wild pitch. Trey flies out to end the inning, but not before the Rebels take a 9-0 lead!

END OF 2ND INNING: OLE MISS 9, BELMONT 0


INNING 1

Top of 1st

Due up for Belmont: Shaklett, Behrends, Crider. Pitcher Doug Nikhazy takes the mound for the Rebels. 

Shaklett – The leadoff batter for Belmont draws a walk off Doug.

Behrends – Doug comes right back and strikes out Behrends looking! One down, one on.

Crider – Shaklett steals second. Crider grounds out to Doug! Two outs, runner on second for Belmont.

Jarvis – Cleanup batter Jarvis up next. Belmont has runner at second and two outs. Doug gets Jarvis to go down swinging, Nikhazy’s second strikeout of the game.

Bottom of 1st

Due up for Ole Miss: Bench, Gonzalez, Dunhurst. On the mound for Belmont will be Logan Bowen. 

Justin Bench – Bench is HBP and the Rebs have the leadoff runner on base.

Jacob Gonzalez – The Ole Miss shortstop draws a walk and Rebs have runners at first and second with no outs.

Hayden Dunhurst –  Gonzalez gets to second and Bench to third on a wild pitch! Dunhurst with the SAC fly that scores Bench! Rebels lead 1-0. Rebs with runner at third and one out.

Tim Elko – The Rebs’ cleanup batter doubles down the right field line and scores Gonzalez! Rebs lead 2-0.

Kevin Graham – Five-hole hitter Graham is up next for Ole Miss. Elko advances to third on a wild pitch. Graham then reaches on a fielder’s choice and Elko is called out at home (p to c). BUT…Coach Bianco is asking for a review as it looked like Elko might have been safe.

Official review is that Elko is out at home.

Cael Baker – Ole Miss DH Baker is up next. Rebels have two outs and runner on first. Ole Miss leads 2-0. Baker draws the walk. Rebs with two on, two outs.

Hayden Leatherwood – Rebs’ RF is up next. He comes to bat with two on and two outs. He singles through the left side and scores Graham! Rebels up 3-0! Baker on third.

TJ McCants – McCants reached on a fielder’s choice (1-0 B); Leatherwood advanced to second on a throwing error by ss; Ca. Baker scored, unearned. Rebels lead 4-0!

Trey LaFleur – Trey flies out to center and that ends the first inning with Ole Miss leading 4-0.

END OF 1ST INNING: OLE MISS 4, BELMONT 0

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over a decade, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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