Saturday, February 23, 2008

2 In the Books

The Rebel baseball season is underway and by all indications from the first two games, the Rebels are ready to roll again this year. The pitiching was outstanding the first game with a game tieing record for strikeouts at 21 and the bats came out today for the Rebels as they scored 22 runs against the Gophers.

All reports out of Oxford say this team is looking good and is very deep at multiple positions. A possible loss to Matt Smith a firstbaseman and pitcher that was in to close the game yesterday in the ninth. Smith hurt his arm during a pitch. Hate to see it happen this early in the season for him.

(Game One UMAA Notes)
OXFORD, Miss. – Lance Lynn tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts, including the first eight batters he faced, as Ole Miss (1-0) struck out 21 total batters en route to an 8-1 win over Minnesota (0-1) on Friday.

The 21 strikeouts tied a single-game record for the Rebels. Ole Miss last struck out 21 batters in a game against Arizona on March 3, 2001 in a 17-inning game.

Lynn (1-0) picked up the win as he worked 5.0 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits with the 12 strikeouts. Scott Bittle also turned in 3.0 innings of work and allowed only one hit with seven strikeouts, while Justin Cryer closed out the final inning with two strikeouts and one hit. Cryer came on to relieve Matt Smith, who left the game with an injury in the top of the ninth.

Tom Buske (0-1) suffered the loss for the Golden Gophers as he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.

Michael Guerrero and Logan Power paced the Rebel offense as Guerrero went 2-for-5 at the plate with two RBI off a home run to left field, while Power went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Cody Overbeck and Jordan Henry also tallied two hits each.

(Game 2 UMAA Notes)
OXFORD, Miss. – In control of the game early, Ole Miss (2-0) exploded with a 10-run fifth inning that was highlighted by a Brett Basham grand slam to power past Minnesota (0-2) by a score of 22-5 on Saturday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

Leading 11-2 heading into the fifth inning, the Rebels exploded at the plate with Basham’s grand slam sandwiched between a pair of home runs from Cody Overbeck as the Rebels batted around and took the game firmly in hand.

Cody Satterwhite (1-0) picked up the win as he struck out three and walked three while allowing three hits and two unearned runs in his 5.0 innings on the mound.

Kyle Carr (0-1) suffered the loss for the Golden Gophers as he allowed seven runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout in 2.0 innings on the mound. Only five of the seven runs were earned.

Overbeck paced the Rebels at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance, including a pair of home runs, as he came up with four runs scored and four RBI.

The Rebels tallied 19 hits on the afternoon, including the three home runs.