A few quick thoughts.
It’s the third sweep of the season for Ole Miss. Those “extra” wins on an SEC weekend are huge given the ones the Rebels have let get away. They won’t help in a tie-breaker situation against opponents with whom the Rebels lost the series – South Carolina, Alabama and LSU – but those sweeps are keeping Ole Miss in good position in the SEC standings.
With nine conference games remaining, Ole Miss has moved into a tie for the SEC West lead with Alabama, which lost two of three at South Carolina over the weekend.
The Rebels’ next six games are at home against Arkansas and Georgia. Alabama’s next six are at home this coming weekend against Florida then at LSU.
Not that Arkansas and Georgia will be easy games, but it’s clearly an opportunity for Ole Miss to make a move.
During the game Ole Miss baseball media relations assistant Bill Bunting tweeted that the 39 runs scored against Kentucky were the most ever in a three-game series for Ole Miss. That’s pretty big considering the offensive prowess of the Stephen Head-Brian Pettway teams plus the fact that those guys played with the old bats.
I was not at the series, so I don’t know where all the hits landed. It’s important to note that Kentucky’s park is built for offense with a short fence of 310 feet in left field.
Today’s Game …
The Rebels had nine runs on 17 hits and scored in every inning except the first and ninth.
Auston Bousfield and Will Allen continued their big weekends. Bousfield had a pair of doubles among his three hits, and Allen had a double and home run among his three hits.
Braxton Lee, J.B. Woodman, Preston Overbey and Errol Robinson each had two hits.
Kentucky has put up strong offensive numbers this season, which underscores the success most Ole Miss pitchers had this weekend.
That was not the case for Sam Smith today. Smith had a rare early exit, lasting just 2.2 innings and giving up seven hits, two walks and four earned runs.
Aaron Greenwood came in behind him. It was Greenwood’s first action since the Auburn series. I don’t know how he looked, but his numbers weren’t very good with three hits and two runs – only one earned run – over 2.1 innings.
Left-hander Jeremy Massie, the normal mid-week starter, was solid in relief, throwing four scoreless innings with two hits and no walks.
Ole Miss is 33-12 overall, 13-8 in the SEC and next plays at home Wednesday night against Southern Miss.