The Rebels started the season with six straight wins – three at Stetson, one at home against Tennessee-Martin, and two versus Georgia State. But the Panthers’ onslaught of hitting and run scoring Sunday proved too much for the Rebel offense to overcome.
GSU outhit Ole Miss 14-8 in game three, after the Rebels had outhit the visitors 24-9 the first two days.
Will Allen said Sunday was about a lack of making something happen when a potent Rebel offense had some chances.
“Overall we have to play better. We have to take advantage when we’re on base,” he said. “Whenever we have an advantage we have to take advantage. We missed some opportunities.”
The senior catcher also said the sport allows for a team to jump right back into competition and try again to get a win.
“That’s the thing about baseball,” he said. “We come back this week and play Tuesday and Wednesday. We’re automatically back at it.”
Rebel sophomore right-handed pitcher Jacob Waguespack makes his second start of the year after picking up the win vs. UT-Martin last Wednesday. The Dutchtown, La., native worked 4.0 scoreless innings with two hits, three walks and two strikeouts against the Skyhawks.
Sophomore right-hander Alex Hermeling is set to go for the Warhawks. Hermeling has 6.0 innings pitched on the year with three walks, three strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA.
Louisiana-Monroe enters the midweek series coming off a weekend with a pair of wins over Western Illinois and a loss to Nicholls State at the Carmel Inn Showdown in Thibodaux, Louisiana. ULM is 4-3 on the season.
Ole Miss’ pitching staff turned in a solid opening weekend, holding the Stetson Hatters to three runs on the weekend series and limiting offensive opportunities for the Hatters. Rebel pitchers allowed only 14 hits on the weekend and posted the first shutout of the season on opening day with a 7-0 victory. The Rebel pitching staff also struck out 24 batters through the three-game series with only seven walks.
Through two weekends of play, the Rebels have allowed 10 runs (just more than one run a game) in 64.0 innings of work. In that time, the Rebels have posted three shutouts and two games with only one run allowed.
Freshman Colby Bortles has had an impact already for the Rebels. Playing some at first, some at DH, the Floridian already appears to be comfortable in his role.
“I felt good at the plate,” he said. “Coach (Cliff) Godwin and I have been working in the cages. He’s been telling me to see the ball up. So all credit to him. I saw the ball well all weekend.”
On Sunday, he and Godwin teamed up for Bortles to get a triple in the game. It was a bit of a shocker to Bortles.
“I’m not used to going all the way to three, actually,” he said. “I saw Coach Godwin waving me when I got to about second, and I was thinking, ‘Am I really going to third?’ So I stutter stepped a little bit but made it safely.”
Bortles said playing baseball at Ole Miss is already fun for him, just seven games in.
“It’s awesome. I love the atmosphere here,” he said. “The shower in right field after Sikes (Orvis) hit that (home run), I was like, ‘Is that really happening right now?’ I was in awe. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Playing here every day in front of all these people is a dream come true.”