Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Rebs Beat Golden Buzzards

OXFORD, Miss. – Once again, the Rebels used a big inning to get a lead as they scored four runs in the fourth inning to build a lead and then the pitching staff held on down the stretch as No. 2 Ole Miss (9-0) defeated Southern Miss (6-3) by a score of 8-5 on Tuesday.

Evan Button paced the Rebels with a 3-for-3 performance, including a solo home run in the sixth inning. Michael Hubbard and Brett Basham also had solid days at the plate as Hubbard went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Basham was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Rory McKean (1-0) picked up the win in his first collegiate start as he allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Scott Bittle picked up the first save of the season for the Rebels as he entered the game with the tying run at the plate and no outs in the eighth inning. The junior pitched 2.0 scoreless and hitless innings with four strikeouts to preserve the win for the Rebels.

Todd McInnis (2-1) suffered the loss for the Golden Eagles as he allowed six runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.