Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mid Week Baseball

Ole Miss had the bats rollin in Oxford today as they beat Memphis 11-9. It was quite a home run derby for the first couple of innings for the Rebels who hit a grand slam in the first followed by three home runs in the second. This Memphis team is evidently not a bad team and is improving year by year. I was not there, but I have a feeling the wind was in favor of those at the plate this afternoon. Would love to know the conditions in Oxford from someone that was there this afternoon.

OXFORD — Ole Miss hit four home runs today, including a grand slam from Cody Overbeck, to beat Memphis 12-9 in a non-conference baseball game at Oxford-University Stadium.Overbeck’s slam came in the first inning. He hit a solo homer in the second, helping Ole Miss (5-1) take an early 11-3 lead on the Tigers (0-1).The Rebels then used five pitchers to hold on down the stretch. Nathan Baker (1-0) earned the win in his first collegiate start, giving up four earned runs in five innings. Scott Bittle picked up his second save, getting the final out with runners at first and second.“(The hitting and scoring) was certainly a change from the first five games of the season, and we needed every one of them,” said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. “I alluded to it after our Sunday game with Evansville that I thought we were swinging the bat better and had a chance to get some extra base hits and hit some home runs. We saw that today with some well hit balls.”Ole Miss’ next game is Friday at 3 p.m. at home against Wright State in the first game of a three-game series.