No. 17 Ole Miss Trips Up Oakland, 9-1
Freshman Mike Carson smashed his first collegiate home run.
Feb. 26, 2010
OXFORD, Miss. - Freshman Mike Carson went 1-for-3, with a home run, and sophomore Tim Ryan finished 2-for-4 as Oakland University (0-1) fell to No. 17 Mississippi (4-1), 9-1, on Friday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Ole Miss left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz (1-0) finished with a career-high 15 strikeouts in 7.0 innings.
"We were just not as sharp as we needed to be on the mound, in the field or at the plate," said OU coach John Musachio. "(Drew) Pomeranz is one of the best left-handed pitchers I have seen in six years."
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt LaMothe (0-1) worked 5.2 innings, allowing nine hits, nine runs, eight earned runs, walking five and struck out four. OU was limited to just four hits in the game and committed three errors.
Matt Snyder led the Rebels with a 3-for-4 performance, driving in a game-high four runs, with a double and two home runs. Taylor Hightower was a perfect 2-for-2 and walked twice for Ole Miss.
Zach Miller got the scoring started for the Rebels with a single to center field to plate two runs as the Golden Grizzlies trailed 2-0 after the first inning of play.
Carson connected on the first collegiate pitch he saw for a home run over the bullpen to bring OU back within one run, 2-1, in the third inning.
Ole Miss responded with three runs in the bottom half of the third inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Smith as the Rebels led by four runs, 5-1.
Three more runs crossed the plate for Ole Miss in the fifth inning on a leadoff home run by Smith, his second of the game, a sacrifice fly by Kevin Mort with the bases loaded, and an attempted double steal where OU took the out at second base to allow another run to score as the Grizzlies were down 8-1.
The final run of the ballgame came in the sixth inning as Matt Snyder doubled with a runner on second base to push the lead up to eight runs, 9-1.
"As we gain experience, we will do more of the little things well," said Musachio.
OU scored one run, on four hits and committed three errors, while Ole Miss scored nine runs, on 11 hits and had no errors.
Game two of this three-game series will be played tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. ET. Sophomore RHP Kyle Teague will take the hill for the Grizzlies and the game can be followed via live stats on OleMissSports.com.