Wild finish last night in Game 1. It was a deadline pusher, and that’s never a good thing.
It’s not often you see two good pitchers blow up at the same time. Fortunately for Ole Miss, the Rebels had the last at-bat.
Alabama right fielder Kent Matthes has been on a tear, but he was hitless last night. He’ll be one to keep an eye on today.
The Tide got big production from the bottom of the order last night. Seven-hole hitter Jake Smith was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run; eight-hole hitter Vin DiFazio had a solo home run; and nine-hole hitter Alex Kubal, who was at .214 when the night began, was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, including a one-out hit off Bittle to start the rally in the ninth.
Thanks Matt for jumping in with the updates last night.
We’re about 30 minutes from the first pitch today, and the rain is coming.
Here are the lineups:
DH Odle (He was a pinch-hitter and walked in the eighth last night, then popped out against McKean to end the Tide ninth.)
C Trotter (Former Itawamba AHS and ICC standout, hitting .478 in 23 at-bats, his sixth start.)
DH Henson (replaces Phillips)
3B Miller (replaces Button)