Sunday, February 11, 2007

Rebs Move to 2-0

OXFORD, Miss. – It was a strong day on the mound for the Rebels as No. 13 Ole Miss (2-0) saw three pitchers combine for a shutout of New Orleans (0-2) in a 4-0 victory on Sunday.

The trio of pitchers, Lance Lynn, Craig Rodriguez and Scott Bittle, allowed only five hits on the afternoon and no runs while striking out 10 Privateer batters and walking only two.

Lynn (1-0) picked up the win as he worked 5.0 innings, allowing only three hits while walking one and striking out six. Rodriguez turned in 3.0 innings of work, allowing only two hits and no walks as he struck out one batter. Bittle closed out the game with one walk and three strikeouts in 1.0 inning of work. He did not allow a hit.

Ryan O’Shea (0-1) suffered the loss for the Privateers as he gave up three runs, all earned, on seven hits in his 6.0 innings of work. O’Shea walked two batters and did not record a strikeout. It marked the second straight day that no Rebel batters struck out at the plate. Stephen Whalen and Adam Campbell both turned in an inning of work each for New Orleans.

"It was a good weekend,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It’s always good to get a win. We didn't swing the bat as well as we did yesterday. I thought we had two solid days of pitching and defense. We had 18 strong innings on the mound and in the field. We were trying to be aggressive at the plate, but sometimes when you are aggressive you make first pitch outs."