Rebel Offense has done plenty of hitting practice against North Alabama and Alcorn State this week, winning a combined score of 28-7, and the team is now looking forward to taking on Arkansas this weekend.
Be Miss took over North Alabama on Monday, April 5, after releasing the previous weekend’s series to Florida. The rebels decided to take the defeat personally and scored 20 goals for the visitors this week. Ole Miss scored the first goal and didn’t look back. Sophomore Peyton Chatagnier started off with the leadoff single, soon followed by an RBI single from Senior Hayden Leatherwood.
All eyes are on the senior captain of Team Elko at the end of the match. After being hit, he tore his ACL while trying to reach first base. Bianco mentioned in a press conference that Elko would be possible to rehabilitate, take medication and possibly return this season as a designated hitter.
While no clear decision has yet been made, this option means Elko will wait for operations until the end of the season.
The second innings, however, really make a difference in this game. Rebels scored nine in one innings. It started with junior Justin Bench coming out with a leadoff shot, before three consecutive folds from junior Knox Loposer and freshman TJ McCants. The Rebel defended the inning with nine runs, with seven strokes. 11 runs later, and the game ends in seventh.
Loposer quickly made his presence known as single, double, and triple. The junior can appear fast even though this is only his sixth start as a catcher this season.
“He is an offensive star. “He’s just a long way from hitting the cycle,” head coach Mike Bianco said of Loposer’s performance.
Junior Kevin Graham was also able to have a very successful game and keep improving. Graham extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games, while also holding the record for hitting bases in 21 consecutive games. Graham also scored his fifth home run of the season against North Alabama, for a career-high five RBI. The juniors have grown accustomed to many RBI games this season, with this one taking his total to eight.
Freshman Josh Mallitz started on the mound and allowed only two runs, one of which was not accepted. Freshman Cody Adcock came into the game as a reliever in the fourth set and immediately allowed two runs.
The Rebels finished the match against North Alabama with a score of 20-6.
On Tuesday, Rebels fight Alcorn State. It seemed to be a slower start for Ole Miss, as the team couldn’t score until the fourth inning. The Bravehawks could join first but couldn’t do much. Ole Miss ran with it in the sixth set with six runs to make it 7-1. Sophomore Drew McDaniel started out as a pitcher before being helped by sophomore students Jackson Kimbrell and Wes Burton to close it.
The Rebels won the match, 8-1.
Ole Miss will face No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks in their fourth SEC series this weekend in Oxford. The two teams will play 7-2 in the SEC to start the series on Friday, April 9 at 6pm
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