May 06, 2007

Ole Miss wins 7-6

Tennessee made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth as Yan Gomes singled and scored on J.P. Arencibia’s double. After Jeff Lockwood was walked intentionally, Andy Simunic singled to left to load the bases. Danny Lima just missed tying the game with a line drive just inches foul down the third base line. Lima then chopped one up the middle than second baseman Evan Button couldn’t handle to score another run. After Cody Brown flied to right, the Vols did not try to tag and score Lockwood as right fielder Jordan Henry’s throw was a good one. It turns out that Lockwood had an injured hamstring and couldn't sprint. He stayed in the game because he would have pitched the tenth if there would have been one. There wasn't, primarily because Lockwood didn't score.

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco felt it would have been close at the plate had they sent him, but Henry's throw was strong and on target.

After that play, Ryan Jones lined to center to end the game.

All three games were decided by one run.

Vols storm back

Trailing 7-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, Tennessee is firing back. Yan Gomes singled and scored on J.P. Arencibia’s double. After Jeff Lockwood was walked intentionally, Andy Simunic singled to left to load the bases.

Cody Satterwhite on the hill for the Rebs. Another good one down the stretch here in Knoxville. 7-5 with 1 out.

Offenses are making some noise

The Rebels chased UT starter Lance McClain in the fourth. Zack Cozart was hit by a pitch and Cody Overbeck walked. Zach Miller hit a ball to deep center that Julio Borbon dropped to load the bases with no outs. Logan Power and Fuller Smith each greeted reliever Danny Wiltz with a sac flies to left to score a pair.

J.P. Arencibia homered in the fourth inning to get the Vols on the board. Jarred Frazier led off the fifth with a single and took second on Borbon's bunt single. After a sacrifice moved him to third and a a ground out got him home.

Power drove in a run in the sixth with an infield single.

Rebels lead 4-2 in the sixth

Kids day at the park

Ole Miss leads 1-0 after three. In the second Cody Overbeck led off the second with a double. He advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a groundout.

Its kids day here at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Everyone under 12 got in free. There are kids as a guest PA announcer, and other assorted jobs around the park. Contrary to popular belief, home plate umpire Morris Hodges was not replaced and is in fact, a grownup calling today's pitches.

Vols have one hit thus far. Similar to yesterday, Ole Miss has had baserunners but have not taken advantage as they have just the one run.

Go three Cracker Barrels and take a right

I'm in East Tennessee, folks. Home to mountains, rivals, orange everywhere, and 12 Cracker Barrel restaurants within a 30 miles radius. Folks around here can give directions based on their locations - go three Cracker Barrels and take a right.

As luck would have it, there was one between the hotel and the ballyard this morning. I ordered Uncle Hershel's favorite this morning - an old country breakfast. After that I rolled around campus - turn at the second Cracker Barrel to get there - and went by ginormous Neyland Stadium and Volunteer Landing where the boats access the river. They have several eateries on the river. I'm sure that's a blast on a football Saturday.

They just passed out the lineups. Ole Miss is going with Nathan Baker (5-1/3.52) on the mound. Tennessee is going with Lance McClain (5-4/4.94).

Gametime is 1 ET

May 05, 2007

Vols close it out

The Rebels got to within a run in the ninth on RBI singles from Zach Miller and Evan Button. With the tying run on second base, Fuller Smith tapped to short but Button beat the throw to second. That loaded the bases with two outs for nine-hole hitter Brett Basham. Lockwood struck out Basham to end the game.

Jeff Lockwood worked the final two frames to collect the five save of his freshman season as Tennessee beat Ole Miss 7-4. The win clinched the series for the Vols who won a dramatic game Friday 3-2. Tennessee improves to 27-19 overall and 10-11 in the SEC. Ole Miss drops to 31-18 and 12-11 in league play.

Danny Wiltz (2-0) got the win. Lance Lynn (5-4) got the loss. Andy Simunic had the game's only home run, his first of the season. A six-run Volunteer seventh inning provided the margin.

Tennessee tries to complete the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Action-packed frame for Lockwood

Jeff Lockwood had a busy seventh inning. He led off the inning with a single and eventually scored. Then he raced down to the bullpen and warmed up to enter the game as the pitcher. As he got warm, he had to trot back down to bat again as his teammates continued what he started with a six-run outburst.

To recap a busy seventh, Lockwood singled and Ryan Jones and Cody Brown each walked. With one out, Danny Lima smashed one right back by the pitcher Lynn’s head and into centerfield to score a pair. Julio Borbon beat out an infield single to tie the game and a wild throw allowed Lima to take third. Tony Delmonico laid down a safety squeeze to score Lima with the go-ahead run and chase Lynn. J.P. Arencibia got another run home with an infield single off reliever Justin Cryer. A passed ball allowed Borbon to race home to cap the six-run seventh.

7-4 Vols top eight.

Petro anyone?

Want to make a mint? Have an idea that everyone knows about, copyright it, and sell it.

Maybe that's an exaggeration, but there's a local guy here in Knoxville who has taken fritos, chili, cheese, and assorted toppings and given it a name: Petro.

According to the locals, that name is apropos.

Haven't had the nerve to try one, maybe tomorrow.

Still 4-1 Rebs, in the seventh.

Simunic hit the weight room

In Friday night's Tennessee 3-2 victory, Volunteer Andy Simunic had a bloop single over the drawn-in infield to win the game. After the game, Simunic told reporters "I really crushed that one. Looks like I need to get in the weight room."

Well, Andy must've spent the night muscling up with Barry Bonds as he just smacked a home run over the leftfield wall. No word if Simunic followed Bonds example and had to get a larger cap size.

4-1 Rebels in the bottom of the sixth.

Clogging in Knoxville

No, not my arteries after a late lunch of ribs. You folks just missed the clog-dancing between innings. Certainly was unique.

The highlight of the game so far, other than the clogging, was when Ole Miss rightfielder Jordan Henry slipped on the grass -- quickly hopped back to his feet and made the catch on high pop to right.

Lance Lynn is cruising with just a pair of hits allowed through four. Ole Miss leads 3-0.

Looking like a Rebel day early

Ole Miss loaded the bags in the first on a hit and two walks but Logan Power lined into a double-play to end the threat. Tennessee wasn't as fortunate in the second as a walk and a single put a pair on. On a bunt back to the mound, pitcher Nick Hernandez threw wild to first allowing a run to score and another to reach third and eventually score on a sac fly.

Lance Lynn set UT down 1-2-3 in the first.

Rebels led 2-0 in the second on a pair of unearned.

The longest anthem version ... ever

It sounded like the National Anthem ... except a lot sloooooower.

The unofficial time was 3:28 but it seemed every bit of twenty minutes.

She's had her audition time. Now on the baseball. First pitch 6:02

Checking in from Knoxville

Starkville on Friday, Knoxville on Saturday. In between 400 miles and seven hours. It should have been six but the great state of Alah-bamuh decided to divert traffic off I-59 and into the land time forgot. But I'm here at Lindsey Nelson Stadium with a backdrop of the Appalachian mountains along the Tennessee River. To my left is Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium. Down below are some of best examples of the proper way to wear a mini-skirt. If the rain stays away, it'll be a good evening.

Probable All-SEC sophomore RHP Lance Lynn (5-3/2.49) takes the hill for the Rebels. Tennessee goes with freshman LHP Nick Hernandez (3-2/5.94).

Last night was a wild one here where Tennessee got just three hits but beat Ole Miss 3-2. The Vols scored two in the bottom of the ninth on four consecutive walks and a bloop single over the drawn in infield. Hard to beat that for excitement.

April 29, 2007

Oxford: Bulldogs take game three

Mississippi State won the marathon game 4-1 in 17 innings.
Longest game in school history for both schools.
OM RF Jordan Henry tied the school record with eight at bats. He had four hits.
Jeffrey Rea and Jet Butler were 2-for-7 and Connor Powers was 2-for-6 to lead MSU.
Mitch Moreland threw a career long four innings to earn the win and improve to 3-0. He allowed no runs and four hits.
Scott Bittle (2-5) allowed three runs on five hits in the 17th to take the loss.

Oxford: State breaks through

Mississippi State broke through for three runs off Ole Miss pitcher Scott Bittle to lead 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 17th.
Jet Butler had an RBI-infield single to first base and Nick Hardy hit a two-run single with two outs and the bases loaded.

Oxford: Bring on 17

Ole Miss just hit into an inning-ending double play for the third time today.
Now tied for the longest game in Ole Miss history. Already the longest in MSU history.
1-1 entering the 17th.
Ole Miss has had a leadoff single now in five of the last six innings.
Scott Bittle now pitching for Ole Miss.
Also forgot to note early, there was a moment of silence before the game for Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in a car accident last night. Hancock's brother Jon-Jon played for the Rebels the last two years but was dismissed from the team before this season.
That moment of silence was a long time ago.

Oxford: And they're repeating songs

Still tied at one heading into the bottom of the 16th.
And they're playing "Sweet Caroline" for the second time today. Game is so long they're repeating songs.
Ole Miss has one run on 13 hits. MSU has a run on eight hits.
Cody Satterwhite has thrown nine scoreless innings. Can you call that a complete-game shutout?

Oxford: Still playing

Ole Miss had runners on first and second with one out in the 13th before Cody Overbeck hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay.
Heading into the 14th tied at one.
Ole Miss' 3-4-5 hitters are 1-for-16.
Closers still in. MSU's Weatherford has thrown seven innings and 93 pitches. OM's Cody Satterwhite is working on his seventh inning. He's thrown 73.

Oxford: On to the 12th

Still tied at one heaiding into the 12th.
MSU has six hits and Ole Miss had eight.
Both teams still have their closers in. MSU's Aaron Weatherford has thrown five innings and Ole Miss' Cody Satterwhite is working on his fifth.
Ole Miss had an opportunity in the 11th after Justin Henry led off with a single, but Zack Cozart popped out on a bunt, Cody Overbeck popped out to second and Logan Power flew out.
Good thing there is no travel curfew.

Oxford: Bottom 9

Still tied going into the bottom of the ninth,
Ole Miss fan is walking through the stands holding a poster board with the message "Cow bells are in Cow hell." Another fan behind him is holding a broom.

Oxford: Bold move and it works

Ole Miss put runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the eighth.
MSU pitcher Aaron Weatherford then fell behind 2-0 to OM leading hitter Justin Henry so the Bulldogs intentionally walked Henry to load the bases for All-American Zack Cozart.
The move drew a loud applause for Cozart from the OM crowd.
Cozart then hit a ball to MSU third baseman Connor Powers who threw out pinch runner JoJo Tann at first. MSU catcher Edward Easley nearly completed the double play, but his throw to first hit off Cozart allowing him to reach. Cody Overbeck then grounded out to short to end the inning.
Still tied at 1 with one out in the top of the ninth.

Oxford: Controversy

Ole Miss just got out of the seventh inning jam on a tight play at first.
With MSU runner Mark Goforth on third and two outs, OM pitcher Cody Satterwhite worked the count to Joseph McCaskill to 3-2 (throwing two 96-mile-an-hour fastballs and two at 94). McCaskill then hit a hard bal to OM shortstop Zack Cozart. Cozart stabbed the ball and threw to first. It was a close play at first and first base umpire AJ Lostaglio called McCaskill safe drawing a heated protest from MSU first base coach Tommy Raffo. After much arm waving by Raffo, MSU head coach Ron Polk picked up the argument. No avail.
1-1 Bottom 8.

Oxford: To the closers

Score still tied at 1 in the eighth.
MSU went to closer Aaron Weatherford in the seventh. Weatherford touched 94 with his fastball and retired the Rebels in order strking out two.
MSU CF Mark Goforth just singled to lead off the eighth and OM replaced Nathan Baker with closer Cody Satterwhite.

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Oxford: Tough hit

Ole Miss just had a tough break on a single by All-American shorstop Zack Cozart.
Justin Henry walked to lead off the inning and stole second. On a 3-2 count, Cozart sent a hard-hit ball to the left side, but it hit Henry for an out.
Cody Overbeck then sent a deep fly ball to the warning track, but it was caught by MSU LF Joseph McCaskill.
Cozart was then caught stealing.
1-1, top 7.

Oxford: Rebels tie it

Second game in a row that C.J. Ketchum has gotten a big bloop single for the Rebels.
The senior who starts at 1b and DH blooped a changeup into left to score Evan Button from second and tie the game.
Ketchum had a bloop single to right to put the Rebels ahead yesterday.
1-1 in the top of the sixth.
As the Rebels came off the field last inning, fans were still booing the foul call on a ball OM 2B Zach Miller hit down the left field line. Miller later struck out.
They just played "Sweet Caroline" here (it has become a sixth inning tradition) and the fans were on their feet singing and swaying. Ala "Fever Pitch."

Oxford: Pitchers on

Through 4.5 innings, pitchers have been strong.
Ole Miss' Nathan Baker has allowed three hits and one walk. MSU's Josh Johnson has allowed a pair of hits and no walks. He's retired eight straight although OM second baseman Zach Miller just sent a ball down the left field line that looked fair but was called foul.
1-0 Bulldogs in the bottom of the fifth and the fans are still booing the call.

Oxford: Another great catch

Ole Miss junior shortstop Zack Cozart just made a great catch on a liner hit by MSU center fielder Mark Goforth. Goforth hit a low liner and Cozart ran toward second and dove to seize the ball while lying on his stomach.
It was Goforth who made a great catch earlier in the game.
1-0 Mississippi State Bottom 3.
Ole Miss just honored its SEC West champion tennis team to a good applause for the crowd.

Bulldogs: Nice catch

With no outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the first, MSU center fielder Mark Goforth made a long run and a diving catch on a ball hit into shallow left center field and Ole Miss left a runner on second.
1-0 Bulldogs in the top of the second.
Crowd smaller than in the first two games, especailly in left and right field although most grandstand seats are full.
Sunny day with temperatues in the mid 80s.

Oxford: Bulldogs strike first

Mississippi State up 1-0 going into the bottom of the first.
Jeffrey Rea hit a leadoff single, went to second on an error and scored on two ground outs.
MSU shortstop Brandon Turner is out of the lineup with a hamstring injury and right fielder Jeff Flagg is out with back spasms. Jet Turner is at short and Oxford native Cade Hoggard (red shirt freshman) is making his first career start in right.
OM RF Jordan Henry just led off the Rebel first with a single.

April 28, 2007

Oxford: Rebels take series

Ole Miss wins game two 5-1. The Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead but the real turning point came in the top of the fifth when Ole Miss pitcher Lance Lynn got out of a bases loaded no-out jam.

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Oxford: Crowd chants

Ole Miss pitcher Lance Lynn just induced Mississippi State's Mitch Moreland to fly out to left for the third out of the eighth as the Rebel crowd chanted "O-U-T out."
Bulldogs strand a leadoff single by Jeffrey Rea and Ole Miss leads 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth.

Oxford: Rebels in the lead

Ole Miss just moved ahead 3-1 after six.
Cody Overbeck doubled and scored when Logan Power hit a changeup into left for an RBI single.
Zach Miller walked and C.J. Ketchum blooped a single in front of MSU right fielder Andy Rice who seemingly couldn't see the ball. Bulldogs second baseman Jeffrey Rea couldn't get back in time, and two runs scored on the play.

Oxford: diving stop

Big stop for Mississippi State in the bottom of the fifth.
Ole Miss got a runner on second with two outs after Jordan Henry singled and stole second. MSU pitcher Justin Pigott got Justin Henry to hit a ground ball in front of the mound. Pigott dove to field it, bounced up and threw Henry out at first.
1-0 MSU going into the sixth.
The crew is dragging the field and 'Sweet Caroline' is playing and drawing a big fan reaction (pumping fists, chanting so good and swaying)

Oxford: Great escape

Mississippi State loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth but the Rebels escaped without alloing a run.
Jeffrey Rea was jammed on a Lance Lynn fastball and hit a liner that Ole Miss third baseman Cody Overbeck caught. Overbeck then beat MSU left fielder Joseph McCaskill back to third base after McCaskill had gone on contact.
Lynn then struck out Jet Butler (who had replaced SEC-leading hitter Brandon Turner after Turner got hurt) on back to back curvebals. Ole Miss catcher Bret Basham pumped his fist and then spiked the ball back to the mound.
1-0 Mississippi State bottom 5.

Oxford: A catch and a fall

Ole Miss pitcher Lance Lynn just got out of the fourth inning by getting Mississippi State's Connor Powers to pop out to him for the third out.
Powers sent the ball high in the air to the front of the mound. Lynn got under the ball but came in a little too much so when he stetched out to catch the ball, he had to lead back, lost his balance and fell on his back. He bobbled the ball a little but caught it.
Meanwhile, MSU's Justin Pigott has thrown four scoreless innings and throw just 41 pitches.
1-0 Mississippi State after four. A lot less offense then there was at this point yesterday, when Ole Miss had 14 runs and 17 hits after three innings.

Oxford: Contrast in styles

Today's game features right-hander Lance Lynn pumping in mostly fastballs in the low to mid 90s against "crafty" Mississippi State left-hander with an assortment of offspeed pitches.
Both have been effective. Lynn had allowed one hit through 2.2 scoreless innings before allowing Jeffrey Rea's first home run of the year with two outs in the third.
Pigott threw just 19 pitches through two scoreless innings. Both hits he allowed were infield singles.
1-0 Mississippi State in the bottom of the third.
MSU freshman shortstop and SEC-leading hitter Bradon Turner just hurt himself (grabbed his hamstring) running out a ground out and has been replaced at short by Jet Butler.

Oxford: And the home of the...

Ole Miss redshirt freshman reserve catcher Ryan White sang the national anthem before today's game. They also honored the 1977 SEC Tournament championship team before the game and former Ole Miss player and coach (and former New York Yankee) Jake Gibbs threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Ole Miss' Lance Lynn and Mississippi State's Justin Pigott both put up scoreless first innings.
Another large crowd at Oxford-University Stadium on a great spring day. Both outfields look a less less crowded than last night, but the grandstand appears to have more fans.

April 27, 2007

Oxford: Rebels take Game One

Not your typical Friday night game. Rebels take the opener 17-7.
Rebels had a season-high 22 hits. Bulldogs made five errors.
Ole Miss right fielder Jordan Henry was 5-for-6 with four runs, a double and a triple.
Logan Power and Zach Miller each had three hits, and Justin Henry, Cody Overbeck and Brett Basham all had two for Ole Miss. Zack Cozart extended his career long hitting streak to 16 games.
Connor Powers had three hits for Mississippi State, which finished with 11 hits. Jeffrey Rea and Jeff Flagg each had two. Oxford native Cade Hoggard had a pinch-hit double and drew a good applause from the crowd. Freshman shortstop Brandon Turner was 0-for-6 to end an 18-game hitting streak.
Rebels improve to 29-15 overall, 11-8 in the SEC. MSU goes to 27-11, 9-8.
Ole Miss starter Will Kline lasted just 4.2 innings (six earned runs) and didn't get the win despite getting a 14-1 lead. Instead reliever Brett Bukvich improved to 5-2, allowing a run on three hits in 4.1 innings.
MSU starter Chad Crosswhite (5-2) allowed 11 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in 2.1 innings.
Each team only threw two pitchers to save their bullpens despite the onslaught of runs.
Time of game was 3 hours, 27 minutes.

Oxford: Warning issued

Rivalry week.
Mississippi State pitcher Jesse Carver just hit Ole Miss' Justin Henry with a pitch. Nothing seemed intentional, but home plate umpire A.J. Lostaglio just issued a warning to both dugouts.
16-6 Ole Miss bottom 6.

Oxford: Season record attendence

Announced attendence 7,638 fans. Largest crowd of the year.
Rivalry is alive, especially with both teams ranked.
Just looked around in my binoculars and I don't see any available room for seating in left field.
Lots of people on the hill down the third-base line too.
16-6 Ole Miss top 6.

Oxford: No decision

Despite being handed a 14-1 lead, Ole Miss junior right-hander Will Kline will not be able to get a decision.
The Bulldogs chased Kline after 4.2 innings making him inelligible for a decision.
Kline left the bases loaded with two outs. Reliever Brett Bukvich got Jeffrey Rea to hit a fly ball into left field and Ole Miss left fielder Justin Henry took a bad angle but made a circus catch to end the inning.
14-6 Ole Miss going into the bottom of the fifth.
Kline allowed six runs on eight hits and five walks. He struck out two.

Oxford: Bulldog blast

Mississippi State right fielder Jeff Flagg just hit the heck out of a two-run home run to left field.
The 441-foot home run off Will Kline landed at the top of the left field terrace, and Ole Miss left fielder Justin Henry didn't even move on the ball.
14-4 Ole Miss in the top of the fourth.

Oxford: One of those nights

Perhaps Mississippi State's night is best exemplified by a play that occurred in the bottom of the third inning. With Logan Power on first base, Mississippi State pitcher Jesse Carver threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt. The ball got away allowing Power to go to third. Mitch Moreland's throw to third to retire Power bounced above Bulldog third baseman Connor Powers for the second error on the play and Power scored all the way from first.
Ole Miss has 17 hits through three innings and guys are already looking up the school record for hits in a game (don't know what it is yet). Rebels lead 14-2 in the top of the fourth.

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Oxford: Triples alley

Ole Miss got its second triple of the second inning when MSU center fielder Mark Goforth dove for and missed a ball hit into right center by Zach Miller.
Miller was stranded at third in the inning, as Ole Miss still leads 8-1 going into the third.
Ole Miss nearly had a team cycle in the second inning. They lacked a single.

Oxford: Big crowd

Great spring night in Oxford, Mississippi and the crowd has continued to grow.
Several red, white and blue tents in the student section. And coolers, And dogs.
Outfield crowd stretches from line to line extending beyond both foul poles. The student crowd in right goes deep back on the hill too.
Ole Miss has already added four more runs with one out in the second to lead 8-1. Jordan Henry burned his way to a triple on a ball hit into the gap and Logan Power hit a three-run home run to left on a Chad Crosswhite changeup.

Ole Miss first baseman Evan Button made an interesting play in the top of the second. Ball hit off his leg and sat in front of the base while Button looked for it. He found it just in time for the out (as the crowd shouted its location to him...kind of like one of those game shows where the crowd guides a blindfolded contestant).
Couldn't fully hear from the press box, but it sounded like there were a few boos for Mississippi State center fielder Mark Goforth. Goforth is a transfer from Birmingham Southern. He nearly chose Ole Miss before going to Mississippi State.

Oxford: High Scoring

It was billed as a matchup of Mississippi State's hitting (best in the SEC) against Ole Miss' pitching and defense (second and first in the SEC respectively).
The Bulldogs held up their end of the bargain with a run in the first. But Ole Miss' hitters then out did them in the bottom half with four runs of their own.

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April 22, 2007

Oxford: Gamecocks win

South Carolina wins 11-9.
Rebels take series 2-1.
Eight home runs in game. Five by South Carolina, which was out-hit 16-9.

Oxford: Gamecocks take lead into ninth

South Carolina took a 10-9 lead on pinch hitter Drew Martin's pinch hit single in the eighth.
Ole Miss put runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but South Carolina reliever Jeff Jeffords got Zach Miller to hit a foul pop and (with the crowd on its feet watching) Gamecock right fielder Harley Lail made a long run to snare it.

Oxford: We are tied

Ole Miss second baseman Evan Button, known more for his defense than his pop, just hit his third home run over the last five games (and third of his career). It's also the eighth home run of the game and it ties the score at 9.
Rebels are out-hitting the Gamecocks 15-6.

Oxford: What was that?

South Carolina catcher Phil Disher just grouned out to short to end the Gamecock seventh.
Something fell white out of Disher's jersey as he ran to first. It was shaped like a support cup, but couldn't tell for sure from here. Maybe some kind of pad.
Disher was promptly replaced by catcher Trent Kline going into the bottom of the seventh.
Gamecocks lead 9-8.

Oxford: Call to the pen

South Carolina has a runner on first with two outs and Ole Miss just brought in closer Cody Satterwhite.
Cryer left to a big ovation. He allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks while striking out 10 over a career-long 5.2 innings.

Oxford: Game tightens

Ole Miss scored twice in the sixth to cut the Gamecock lead to 9-8 heading into the seventh.
Meanwhile, South Carolina pitcher Wynn Pelzer and Ole Miss pitcher Justin Cryer have fared pretty well after all the early fireworks.
Cryer has struck out a career high eight while allowing three runs (all on two home runs) over five innings. Pelzer has allowed two runs over a season-long 3.1 innings.

Oxford: Fan reaction

Home plate umpire Ricky Armstrong just got hit by a foul ball drawing applause from the Oxford-University Stadium crowd, which has been unhappy with Armstrong's balls and strikes (so long as they favored the Gamecocks) for much of the day. The crowd did clap again after Armstrong was examined by the training staff and was OK.
Offense has somewhat settled. 9-6 South Carolina top 6th.

Oxford: Coaches' conference

Not sure the topic, but Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco came out to argue something with the umpires, and it turned into a discussion between Bianco and South Carolina coach Ray Tanner in front of home plate. Someone in the press box suggested it had something to do with South Carolina second baseman Travis Jones, who was batting at the time, being outside (or nearly outside) the batter's box.
9-6 South Carolina. Botom 4

Oxford: Bringing in the closer

With the offensive pace of this game, South Carolina turned to closer Wynn Pelzer to try to stop the damage.
Ole Miss got a two-run home run from Kyle Mills, the sixth home run of the game (also to left), a single by C.J.Ketchum and an RBI single by Jordan Henry to tie the game.
Pelzer needed six pitches to end the threat.
Since I've been typing South Carolina SS Reese Havens just hit a home run to right field. It was Havens' second home run of the game and South Carolina's fifth long ball in the first four innings, the first time this season they've hit five in a game.
South Carolina leads 9-6 in the top of the fourth.
Pelzer's longest outing of the year is three innings. He hasn't pitched two innings in an appearance since March 25, but he did throw nine innings as a starter last year.

Oxford: And the crowd roars

Ole Miss just retired the Gamecocks in order. And got a standing 'O' from the Oxford-University Stadium crowd.

Oxford: More runs

Another home run by South Carolina and some extra base hits for the Rebels.
It's 8-3 Gamecocks through 2.

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Oxford: Rebels answer with singles

Ole Miss also got three hits in the bottom of the first. Unfortunately for the Rebels it only led to one run.

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Oxford: Gamecock offense

South Carolina's offense has found some life here in the first inning Sunday.

The Gamecocks scored as many runs in the inning as they did in the first two games of the series.

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April 21, 2007

Oxford: Rebels win 6-0

Ole Miss' Lance Lynn was masterful.
The sophomore right-hander who one-hit Vanderbilt earlier in the season, threw a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out a career high 12.
Of the three hits. One came on a vacated hole on a hit and run and the other two were infield hits to the right side.

Oxford: Fan chants

Rebels added four runs on four hits and three errors in the third.
It started Rebel fan chants of "Over-rated."
Rebels lead 6-0 going into the ninth. Lynn back out for the Rebels.

Oxford: Crowd on its feet

A little wildness by Lynn gave South Carolina a threat but the Rebels escaped without damage.
After retiring the first two hitters, Phil Disher struck out but reached on a wild pitch and advanced to second on another wild pitch.
Lynn then got Trent Kline to ground out and was given a standing ovation.
Crowd then stayed on its feet for the seventh inning stretch.
2-0 Ole Miss going into the bottom of the seventh.
Kline has allowed one hit and two walks while fanning nine.

Oxford: Lynn still tough

Lynn, whose fastball has been 92-94, just struck out Travis Jones with a great curveball to end the sixth.
It was an eight-pitch inning for Lynn after his teammates gave him the lead.
Gamecocks have just one hit through six.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth, Rebels lead 2-0.

Oxford: Rebels break through

In his 10 starts this season, Ole Miss' Lance Lynn has gotten an average of just 3.4 runs of support.

He just got two in the fifth inning as Ole Miss leads 2-0 going into the sixth.

It was three Rebels who had been struggling who led to thre three runs. Second baseman Zach Miller was 0-for-4 with four stikeouts yesterday and 0-for-5 on the weekend before leading off the fifth by blooping a single to center. Designated hitter Kyle Mills entered with a .257 average but singled to right to put runners on the corners.
First baseman C.J. Ketchum (.245) then took an inside pitch the other way, bouncing a single ofver first baseman Justin Smoak to score Miller and put pinch runner Fuller Smith on third.
Catcher Brett Basham (.228 average) then got his 19th RBI of the year with a sac fly.

The crew came on to drag the field with Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" playing and Lynn has now retired two Gamecocks with Travis Jones batting in the sixth.

Oxford: Still scoreless through four

Through four innings, South Carolina' s got one hit and Ole Miss has two as Arik Hempy and Lance Lynn remain locked in a duel.
Hempy looks strong in his second SEC start since returning from Tommy John surgery. His fastball has been in the low 90s and he's had a good curveball.
Lynn has hit 94 on several of his famous fastballs and mixed afw changups. Lynn has fanned five and Hempy has struck out four.
The country music is blaring. Wind has been flat but is beginning to blow slightly to left.

Oxford: Scoreless through two

Pretty good pitching duel so far between South Carolina's Arik Hempy and Ole Miss' Lance Lynn.
Good crowd, especially in left field with lots of tents and folding chairs set up on the terrace out there.
Best offensive chance come in the Ole Miss' second when Logan Power led off with an infield single. Hempy then retired the next three on a foul out and two strikeouts to leave Power at first.

Oxford: Warm day in Oxford

After a cold April, temperature is finally warming up across the Southeast. We're in the mid 80s here as Ole Miss and South Carolina get set for Game 2
Rebels in navy tops and white bants. Gamecocks in grey with red caps and numbering.
First pitch set for just after 4.

April 20, 2007

Oxford: Colonel Reb is smiiiiiiiiiiiiling...

Ole Miss capitalized on clutch hitting and South Carolina miscues to win the series opener, 8-5.

Seven of the Ole Miss runs scored with two outs, and four of the runs were officially unearned. South Carolina was charged with three errors, but also failed to make several plays a team of their caliber should make, one of which directly contributed to another run.

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Oxford: Gamecocks hand Rebs another

Ole Miss has added an insurance run, thanks again to shaky South Carolina defense, and leads 7-4 after seven innings.

Harris Honeycutt was done after six innings. His line: seven hits, six runs, but only two were earned, two walks and five strikeouts, plus he's on the hook for his second career loss unless the Gamecocks can rally.

Jeff Jeffords came on in relief, and was rudely greeted by a standup triple to the right-center gap by Jordan Henry. Jeffords, however, nearly worked around it. With the infield in, he got a sharp grounder and a strikeout, but then the defense made another mistake. Cody Overbeck chopped a hard grounder to short, and Reese Havens let the ball play him. He backed up on it and gloved it, but when he planted his back foot to throw, his foot was on the outfield grass. He slipped slightly and couldn't get enough on his throw. Overbeck was credited with an RBI single.

Will Kline is taking the mound to start the eighth in spite of having thrown 123 pitches.

Quick edit: Kline is out after allowing a leadoff double. Cody Satterwhite is on in relief.

Klein's partial line: five hits, four earned runs so far, two walks, eight strikeouts.

Oxford: Gamecocks hand back the lead

After rallying to tie the game in the top of the third, South Carolina threw the ball around and immediately handed the lead back to Ole Miss. In the middle of the sixth, the Rebels lead 6-4.

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Oxford: Beer bad, liquor good!

After looking helpless through the first three innings, South Carolina just got to Will Kline in a big way. After three and a half innings, we're tied 3-3.

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Oxford: I'm in love

After two and a half innings in Oxford, Will Kline is cruising and Ole Miss leads 2-0. Nine up and nine down for the Gamecocks, five on K's.

And I am in love with Swayze Field.

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Oxford: Celebrating 4/20!

I'm celebrating in style tonight with my drug of choice, college baseball, and this matchup isn't schwag, it's chronic!

I'm in Oxford, Mississippi for tonight's game between SEC heavyweights South Carolina and Ole Miss, with big timers Harris Honeycutt and Will Kline squaring off.

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March 25, 2007

Ole Miss takes game, series over Tide

Ole Miss used a 5-5 day from All-American Zack Cozart to beat Alabama 15 - 9 and take the series 2-1 before a Swayze Field crowd of 5,013.

Marathon in Oxford

Ole Miss and Alabama are both racking up the offense as we passed the 3-hour mark in the bottom of the seventh.

It is now the top of the eight and the Rebels lead 15-9 on a combined 35 hits. The seventh inning was eventful with Alabama coach Jim Wells and the Tide hitting coach getting tossed after arguing balls and strikes.

Rebel head coach Mike Bianco has also argued on two occasions. Pitchers and umpires are having a rough day here in Oxford.

Bottom 8
15-9 Ole Miss

and the crowd goes wild...for basketball

The Swayze Field crowd just erupted as it was announced that the Lady Rebels beat Oklahoma for a berth in the Elite Eight.

Oh yeah, baseball score is 9-4, top 6.

Bama gets into Rebs pen

Alabama has run Ole Miss starter Brett Bukvich and posted three runs in the third. We aren't quite through three innings and have been playing 1 and a half hours. Settle in for a long day of baseball.

Ole Miss 9 Bama 3

Bottom 3

And the hits keep coming...

Alabama changed pitchers bringing in Will Stroup, but Ole Miss kept up the hitting. The Rebels put up three more in the second and now lead 8-0. The day is going well so far in Rebel land as tennis won the doubles point over Kentucky and the women are ahead of Oklahoma at half.

Ole Miss strikes early

Casey Kebodeaux suffered through a rough first inning where the Rebels put up five runs. The crowd is into the game but they are also able to multitask as the women are in the Sweet Sixteen while I type this. Updates between innings are also getting raucous cheers. Attendance isn't as good as yesterday, but still a good environment on a nice afternoon.

Top 2
Rebs 5 Tide 0

Rubber match on tap in Oxford

Coaches are meeting at the plate and there is a barbecue smell in the air as Ole Miss and Alabama meet for game three.

Brett Bukvich (3-1, 2.88) goes for the Rebels against Casey Kebodeaux (2-1, 3.00) for the Tide.

17-9 Alabama took Friday night's game 8-5 and 17-8 Ole Miss won Saturday 3-2 in 11 innings.

March 24, 2007

Ole Miss takes it in 11

With the bases loaded and no outs, Cody Overbeck shook off a previous 0-4 day with a shot through the six-hole and a 3-2 victory. The crowd rained Hotty Toddy's from the stands and a celebration ensued on the infield. Cody Satterwhite picked up the win after hurling two innings of one-hit ball. Tommy Hunter suffered the loss.

The series is now tied 1-1, and Ole Miss will start Brett Bukvich tomorrow. Alabama's pitcher is TBA.

And to the 11th in Oxford

Both teams had their chances, but each failed to take the game in the tenth. Alabama grounded out to end its half and Ole Miss hit into a double play with runners on the corners.

Satterwhite tossing for Ole Miss, and Tommy Hunter is making second appearance for the Tide.

Still going...2-2

Oxford featuring free baseball

Ole Miss and Alabama are headed to the tenth with a 2-2 score. Sophomore flamethrower Cody Satterwhite is in to pitch for Ole Miss. Someone has to win as the two teams are a combined 4-10 in one-run games and 1-5 in extra innings.

More later

Another nail-biter in Oxford

Solo home runs are the order of the day as Alabama answered with one of their own to tie it up at 2.

Headed to the eighth, each team has two runs on five hits. Both starting pitchers still on the hill.

Off the pole, Rebs lead 2-1

Logan Power led off the fifth inning with a solo home run off the left field foul pole to put Ole Miss up one.

Crowd finally to their feet and has something to cheer about. Also, crawfish is now in the press box...quite a smell but a better taste.

Gorgeous Day in Oxford

No. 13 Ole Miss and No. 25 Alabama are about ready to begin game two in what is a beautiful day here in Oxford. Ole Miss is in home blues today, and Alabama is wearing Crimson.

The Tide claimed game one last night 8-5 thanks to a five-run eighth.

Lance Lynn (2-2, 2.06) is starting for the Rebels and opposed by Bernard Robert (3-3,3.64)

March 23, 2007

Oxford: Final- Alabama 8 Ole Miss 5

The Tide tacked on another run in the ninth and Tommy Hunter sealed the deal for Alabama. Josh Copeland picked up the win with 0.1 IP. Will Kline was the hard-luck loser for Ole Miss.

The two teams meet back up at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. Announced attendance was 5,683

Oxford: Just underway

Just beginning here in Oxford. Rebels in pinstripes, while the Tide is dressed in grey uniforms with red hats and red numbers. Will Kline on the mound for Ole Miss and Miers Quigley for Bama.

March 16, 2007

Nashville: Last chance for Vandy to stay unbeaten

19-0 Vanderbilt enters the ninth trailing Ole Miss and Will Kline 2-1. The Commodores will send Ryan Flaherty, Shea Robin and Andrew Giobbi to the plate.

Vandy's David Price started the ninth by striking out cleanup hitter Cody Overbeck, and ended it by striking out Andrew Clark for his 13th punch-out.

2-1 Ole Miss, as Flaherty steps in.

March 11, 2007

Oxford: Rebels take series

Ole Miss wins game three 4-1.
Scott Bittle earned his sixth save, striking out five in 1.2 innings. He worked out of first and second jams in the eighth (inherited) and ninth (his own doing).

Oxford: Bittle to the rescue

OM reliever Scott Bittle got back to back striekouts against pinch hitter Tim Murphy and UCLA star Brandon Crawford to get out of the first and second jam and preserve Ole Miss' 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
With a 1-2 count on Crawford and the crowd clapping, Bittle used his nasty breaking ball (76 miles an hour) that plummets when it reaches the plate.

Oxford: Standing ovation

Ole Miss starting pitcher Brett Bukvich just left to a standing ovation.
Right-handaer Scott Bittle (1-1,0.87 ERA, 5 SV) now to pitch for Ole Miss.
Bukvich went 7.1 innings one run, five hits, one walk, three strikeouts.
UCLA has runners on first and second with one out in the eighth.
Ole Miss leads 4-1.

Oxford: Moving along

Pitchers have settled after a couple of early runs and have been trading zeroes.
Ole Miss leads 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

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Oxford: 3-0 Ole Miss Bottom fourth

Ole Miss sophomore Brett Bukvich threw just eight pitches in the third, six in the fourth and has 45 for the game.
Ole Miss scored twice in the first and once in the second. I had a typo for the score on my last post.
Ole Miss outhitting UCLA 5-2.
Inning curfew is no inning can start after 3:30 p.m. CST

Oxford: Rebels lead

Ole Miss leading 2-0 going into the third.
Home plate umpire Fred Cannon continues to get blasted.

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Oxford: Warm welcome

Coaches meeting at home plate as game three between Ole Miss and UCLA is about to start.
The fans were not too cordial when the umpires were announced. Drawing the loudest "boos" was home plate umpire and Mississippi State alum Fred Cannon.
Cannon was the first base umpire yesterday who punched out Ole Miss' Cody Overbeck on the double play that ended Saturday's 7-6 UCLA win.
It was a close play at the bag. Cannon said out and drew the ire of the OM fans.

March 10, 2007

Oxford: Game two wrap

UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford said that when Cody Overbeck hit the ball that ended Saturday's game, he wasn't sure he'd be able to turn a double play.
He credited second baseman Alden Carrithers and pitcher Brandt Rustich for the final play of UCLA's 7-6 win Saturday.

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Oxford: Bruins even series

UCLA wins 7-6 to even series at 1.
Ole Miss got runners on first and third with one out in the ninth, but UCLA turned a double play to win it.
Bruins shortstop Brandon Crawford made a run to his right to snag a ball hit by Ole Miss third baseman Cody Overbeck. Crawford made an athletic throw to second while faling towards third and UCLA second baseman Alden Carrithers made a quick turn to retire Overbeck. Play was close at first and several Ole Miss fans angrily booed the call.
Crawford said he was looking for the force out at second but that Carrithers made the quickest turn he's ever seen.
More to follow

Oxford: Headed to the ninth

UCLA leads 7-6 heading into the ninth.

Oxford: Throw it in the dirt

It began about five years ago and has beomce a popular cheer here in Oxford.
When Ole Miss is batting, one fan yells "Throw it in the dirt." And everyone else cheers in unison, "dirt."
The Rebel fans broke the cheer out in the bottom of the fifth Saturday.

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Oxford: Restless fans

UCLA leads 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth.
And the fans are a bit restless.

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Oxford: Bruins break the ice

UCLA finally broke through for its first runs of the series.
UCLA has strung together four consecutive hits to take a 3-1 lead.

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Oxford: Packing the heat

Ole Miss senior right-hander Lance Lynn has focused this year on throwing his changeup and curveball more.
Wasn't the case in the first inning Saturday.

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Oxford: Game one wrap

Ole Miss wins 8-0

Brothers Jordan and Justin Henry combine to hit 6-for-10 with three runs while hitting first and second in the Rebel lineup. Each brother went 3-for-5. Jordan had one RBI while older brother Justin scored two runs.
Freshman first baseman Andrew Clark was 2-for-4 with an RBI and junior shortstop Zack Cozart hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shotin the fourth.

UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford got two of the Bruins six hits.

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March 09, 2007

Ole Miss: 8-0 Ole Miss final

more to follow

Ole Miss: Tourney time

With Ole Miss leading 8-0 through seven and Ole Miss' men's basketball SEC Tournament game with LSU having begun, the crowd has begun to thin out at Oxford-University Stadium.
One area quick to thin out should be the upper rows along the third base line, being as that section has been drilled by foul balls all night. No injuries though, thankfully.

Ole Miss: And Pitching too

Lost in Ole Miss' seven run explosin thus far has been a pretty good outing by Will Kline.
Kline has not not allowed a run through six as Ole Miss is ahead 7-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

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Ole Miss: Signs of life

Ole Miss fans finally saw something they've been waiting a long time to see.
A Zack Cozart home run

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Ole Miss: So much for numbers

UCLA senior right-hander Tyson Brummett entered Friday's game with Ole Miss alloweding just over a run per game (1.34 ERA).
He then allowed two earned runs in the first.

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