There’s a lot of baseball left to be played, but for the first time Sikes Orvis is looking like the player he was recruited to be.
Mike Bianco told several times — although it’s been a while as Orvis notes in his video — that Orvis was recruited to be the replacement for Matt Snyder. Good stuff from Orvis talking more about that in video.
Orvis had two home runs today, giving Ole Miss five for the weekend. It’s the second two-home run game for a Rebels player this season, the first since Preston Overbey homered twice at Stetson on Feb. 16.
Ole Miss has 19 home runs this season. The Rebels had 23 all of last year.
Orvis says the secret to his success is confidence, not the moustache. Here’s Orvis:
Will Allen had a three-run home run and now has four RBIs in the series.
Christian Trent got into some trouble in the second inning but did a good job of limiting the damage. Missouri went single, single, walk to load the bases with no outs but could get only one run.
Trent settled down after that and didn’t look bad in the seventh. He got a ground ball to start the inning, but the runner reached on an error by shortstop Errol Robinson. Trent followed that with a walk, and Bianco went immediately to Aaron Greenwood who was very impressive.
Missouri had only four hits, all against Trent and all singles. Unlike last night when the Tigers rallied against relievers Wyatt Short and Preston Tarkington, Greenwood slammed the door. He retired nine of the 11 batters he faced, allowing no runs and no hits in three innings for his first save. He gave up only a walk and a hit batsman.
The Rebels improve to 20-4, 3-2 in the SEC, and Missouri drops to 11-11, 1-4.
Game 3 is set to begin tomorrow at 1:30 weather permitting.