Sunday, May 20, 2007

Rebs Have Good Weekend in Arkansas

The Rebs ended the regular season with a good weekend performance as they won the series on the road at Arkansas. Aside from yet another late inning disaster which resulted in a one run loss on Friday night, the Rebels played well. I did not get to hear much of the game on Friday or Saturday so I do not know many details about the games. But from what I hear the Friday disaster was incredible.

With the regular season over we now move to the SEC Tournament which will be held this week in Birmingham. Ole Miss will be the number 5 seed and will face the A&M Bulldogs who will be the number 4 seed in the tournament. The SEC Tournament is always a good event. It is the best college baseball in America for five days, so needless to say it is a real tough tournament to win. The key is to win Wednesday and Thursday where your team can have Friday off and avoid the losers bracket.

More on the tournament in the days to come.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ole Miss (35-21, 16-14 SEC) closed out the regular season on a high note as the 21st-ranked Rebels pitched a 5-0 shutout of ninth-ranked Arkansas (38-18, 18-12 SEC) to pick up the series victory heading into Southeastern Conference Tournament play.

The Rebels held Arkansas to four hits on the afternoon as Brett Bukvich (7-2) picked up the win. Bukvich worked 7.0 innings, allowing two hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

Duke Welker (5-5) took the loss for the Razorbacks as he allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.

Zack Cozart and Justin Henry led the Rebel offense as both players went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Jordan Henry crossed the plate twice for the Rebels from the lead-off spot to carry his streak of reaching base safely to 45 consecutive games. He ended the season hitting safely in 26 SEC games this season, including an 18 game hitting streak in conference play.

“This team has been good about responding this season,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Brett gave us the kind of performance we needed on the mound today against an Arkansas club that swings the bat well and puts up runs. The few situations where he got into jams, he was able to make the pitches and get out of them.”