BASEBALL: Ole Miss-Bama Game 3

Here are your lineups:

Alabama
LF Dugas
SS Rutledge
2B Wilson
RF Matthes
DH May
3B Smith
C DiFazio
1B Wes Henderson (new to the lineup, batting .438 in 16 at-bats)
CF Kubal
P Del Howell 1-0, 6 IP, 14 K, 1 BB

Ole Miss
CF Henry
2B Ferguson
LF Power
RF Travis
DH Hashman
1B Smith
3B Miller
SS Mort
C Basham
P Bukvich 3-0, 0.90, 20 IP, 19 K, 6 BB

About 7 minutes from first pitch.

— PA

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23 Responses to “BASEBALL: Ole Miss-Bama Game 3”

  1. rebel2011 Says:

    lets get the sweep today! go rebs!

  2. m4rebs Says:

    Alright Buck. Let’s put it on ’em.

  3. djrebel Says:

    Nice day. It’s warming up a bit. Thad Cochran is in the club level next door. Maybe that will spark the Rebels to an offensive stimulus.

    — PA

  4. djrebel Says:

    Top 1
    Dugas hits a chopper that gets past Smith at first and into the RF corner. Leadoff double.

    Sharp single to left by Rutledge. Not looking good early for Bukvich.

    Wilson … another chopper. Bounces over Miller at third and into the LF corner. Dugas scores. 1-0.

    May’s long fly ball carries out with the wind. Bama leads 4-0 with 1 out in the first.

    Rory McKean to the pen.

    HBP, single, another chopper over third, this one by nine-hole hitter Alex Kubal.

    Buckvich has faced the entire order and givein up five runs on six hits.

    He’s done, and Rory McKean faces the leadoff hitter Taylor Dugas with runners second and third and 2 outs.

    I reckon the the Sunday starter spot is still a mystery for Ole Miss. I’m not convinced it won’t eventually be Scott Bittle, especially if Jake Morgan does what he did yesterday with some consistency.

    It would really helps this team if it was getting a little bit from either of its junior college transfer pitchers — Aaron Barrett or Chris Corrigan — but that’s not happening right now.

    Bunt single for Dugas, his second hit of the inning, drives in a run. Tide 6-0.

    Ole Miss didn’t sweep anybody last year, and it doesn’t look like a sweep will occur today.

    McKean just gave up another hit. 2 batters, 2 hits. It’s 8-0 Bama with 8 hits, the Tide now sending its 12th batter to the plate.

    If you’re looking for a bright spot while the Rebels still have nine at-bats to work with consider that the 14 strikeouts amassed by Tide lefty Del Howell, today’s starter, came against Alabama A&M in his only previous start.

    Finally, the bleeding stops. A fly ball from Wilson is caught in left field by Power.

    Bama 8-0

    — PA

  5. djrebel Says:

    Bukvich’s line. 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 7 runs, all earned, 0 walks, 0 K, 1 HBP.

    So what do you guys make of the Sunday starter? Does Bukvich, a program veteran with some big-game success get another shot, or does Bukvich help better in mid-week and long relief?

    Who’s the next Sunday starter?

    — PA

  6. djrebel Says:

    FYI: The Tide got almost as many runs with 3 outs (8) as it had with 54 over the first two games (9).

    — PA

  7. djrebel Says:

    Bott 1
    A 40-minute first inning draws mercifully to a close as Smith Ks with the bases loaded.

    Henry managed a leadoff single, and there were two walks, but the Rebels couldn’t get that chopper over the bag and into an outfield corner.

    Got off some good swings against Howell, who had spotty control, but couldn’t drive in the runs.

    Bama 8-0,

    — PA

  8. m4rebs Says:

    12-0, this is ridiculous. I don’t care of the Jugg’s machine is out there, I think we could do better. What the heck is going on????

  9. m4rebs Says:

    We aren’t any good. Down 14 runs in 2 innings, I don’t care what you do the other 40+ games, that’s a serious issue.

  10. djrebel Says:

    Top 2
    Matthes, the nation’s home run leader, makes his presence known by blasting a McKean pitch over the left field wall but also over the wrought iron fence that surrounds the outfield party area. The ball hit a temporary trailer somewhere behind that wrought iron fence.

    Bama 9-0 and batting with one out in the second.

    Matthes had not been dominated — he had two hits Saturday — but had been contained and had not hurt the Rebels in key situations.

    Can’t exactly call that situation “key” but it was impressive.

    This early display by Alabama tends to underscore how impressive Irwin and Morgan were yesterday and Pomeranz Friday night.

    We’re hearing 478 feet on the Matthes home run now.

    There goes another basehit by Alabama.

    Wes Henderson goes yard with a two-run home run. 12 hits, 12 run sfor Bama.

    McKean stays in the game while Kyle Barbeck gets ready.

    This is really a scary statement about the depth of this pitching staff.

    Barbeck has had some success this season. Bittle has been a starter and reliever. I’m thinking the pieces are there to work with, but the first two options have been rocked by Alabama today.

    13 hits for Bama so far in 1 2-3 innings.

    There goes home run No. 3 for the Tide, a 2-run shot by Rutledge.

    It’s 14-0.

    Pitching change. Barbeck gets a turn.

    — PA

  11. JB Says:

    Sorry, PA, I enjoy your company, but thinks I will find something else to do rather that follow this Rebel baseball game. Take care and keep up the good work.

  12. djrebel Says:

    Top 2 (Still)
    Barbeck gives up a leadoff double down the LF line. Tide has batted around in two straight innings.

    Matthes is up again.

    You see 14 runs — after nine innings — and you think there was some bad defense in there somewhere. There’s been none of that. The Rebels have been solid in the field. It’s been hit, hit, hit, …

    Matthes pops to CF.

    6 runs, 7 hits in the second for the Tide.

    Bama 14-0.

    — PA

  13. djrebel Says:

    JB, I can’t believe you’re bailing on me.

    — PA

  14. m4rebs Says:

    Yeah, turncoat…..
    I think I’ll go clean the bathroom.

  15. djrebel Says:

    Hey guys, just a middle innings update here.

    Matthes just hit his second home run. After Barbeck pitched a scoreless third inning, the Tide tagged him for four in the fourth.

    It’s 18-0. Bama has batted four times, so I’m figuring the Tide is on pace for about 38 runs.

    — PA

  16. djrebel Says:

    Correcting an earlier statement, the Rebels did record a sweep last year, at home against Vanderbilt. I stand by my earlier assertion that a sweep today appears unlikely.

    — PA

  17. djrebel Says:

    Pitching change with one out in the fifth. David Goforth replaces Kyle Barbeck.

    It’s 19-0 right now, so the Tide is still on pace for 38 runs.

    Alabama has 21 hits so far.

    — PA

  18. djrebel Says:

    David Goforth has pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings. The Tide’s going to have to crank it up to get to 38 runs. It’s 19-0 with Ole Miss batting in the seventh.

    You see a score like this and you think bad pitching, which you should, but it’s also a concern that this offense hasn’t scored against the back end of the Alabama staff.

    — PA

  19. djrebel Says:

    Goforth pitches 3 2-3 scoreless. Too late. Ninth-inning slam for Matt Snyder. Also too late.

    FINAL: 19-6

    — PA

  20. rpmjr Says:

    At least our 2 best players didn’t break their knees, and our coach was not arrested.

  21. Josh Says:

    m4, it’s one game. I’ll take losing a game like that every week as long as we get the series win. a 19-6 loss doesn’t make the L any bigger in the recordbooks than a 1-0 loss. good weekend for the rebs. held the best hitting team in the sec in check for the most part and most importantly, WON THE SERIES. don’t forget this bama team took a series from an otherwise undefeated georgia last weekend.

    PA, think we’re likely to see Nathan Baker next Sunday? He was pretty solid his freshman year in that role. Anybody know why Bianco got away from him?

    Also, was Saturday’s decision not to pitch Bittle a vote on nonconfidence? I hope he’s not reverting back to 2007 form. On the other hand, Morgan was solid. Great to have another option back there.

  22. djrebel Says:

    Josh, after the game Mike told us quickly that Bittle would start. I figure he had about seven innings to wrestle with that decision, and I don’t think there was much wrestling with it.

    I think it’s an obvious choice. I don’t think Bittle will come in and throw eight or nine innings, but I think he can throw five or six. Maybe he throws just four, but what they need most right now is to begin the game with some measure of control.

    Bittle couldn’t find the zone Friday night. I’m thinking that’s an isolated incident. He’s proven before that he’s not just a closer and can throw more than one or two innings.

    — PA

  23. Josh Says:

    Thanks PA. He was lights out in the pen last year but I really like this move. We have some good arms in the pen that can finish games without him there. He had numerous games last year where he pitched more innings than the starter. If this works, we will have a really solid weekend rotation and be tough to beat.

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