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No. 10 Rebels recoup offensive firepower in rout of UK

301 days ago
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LEXINGTON, Ky. - After struggling to string together hits in the first two games of the series, the Ole Miss (19-8, 4-5 SEC) offense found its footing on Sunday, overpowering Kentucky (18-11, 3-6 SEC) 10-1 at Kentucky Proud Park.

A solo home run was the lone blemish on starter Jack Washburn's day. The junior earned his fourth win of the season with five strong frames, allowing four hits and striking out six. Jack Dougherty came on for three scoreless frames of relief and John Gaddis finished the deal in the ninth.

After Washburn worked out of trouble in the first two frames, the Rebels got the righty a lead to protect in the fourth. Following a Tim Elko single, Reagan Burford doubled to left, setting the stage. TJ McCants followed with a sac fly and Hayden Dunhurst doubled the advantage with a sharp single to right.

The next inning, the Rebs broke things open. Elko got things started with a no doubt nuke well over the left field fence. A Kemp Alderman fielder's choice brought in another run before Hayden Leatherwood lined an RBI double over the right fielder's head. Jacob Gonzalez capped the inning with a bang, crushing a three-run blast to right-center to make it 8-0.

Kentucky got a run back with a solo homer in the home half but Ole Miss responded in the seventh as McCants' line drive got out in a hurry for the third Rebel home run of the day.

McCants brought home another run in the eighth with an RBI grounder to second and Dougherty and Gaddis teamed up to close things out and wrap up the series win.

With a second road SEC series victory under its belt, Ole Miss will next take on Southern Miss in a midweek battle at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi. While no streaming will be available for the game, the call can be heard through the Ole Miss Radio Network.