Ole Miss Scores Two Early, Holds On For 3-1 Win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jonathan Swearingen led off the
game with a home run to left field and Brian Pettway
hit a RBI double down the third-base line as Ole Miss
scored twice in the first inning then held on to win
3-1, Sunday, March 23, at Hawkins Field. The win gives
the Rebels the series win and improves their record
to 15-7 overall, 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference.
Vanderbilt drops to 13-10 overall and 2-4 in league
Ole Miss starter Eric Fowler (1-1) struck out four
and scattered five hits and a walk in 5.2 innings of
work to get the win. Rebel reliever Jeremy Zick worked
the final 2.1 innings, walking three but not allowing
a hit to post his third save of the season.
Vanderbilt starter Jeremy Sowers (0-3) allowed four
hits in the first inning, but settled down and gave
up only one other hit during his six innings pitched.
He surrendered five hits, two earned runs and two walks
to go along with two strikeouts.
Vanderbilt managed to out-hit the Rebels 7-6. The Commodores'
best chances to score came in the sixth and seventh
innings. Back-to-back two-out singles by Warner Jones
and Matt McGraner and a wild-pitch by UM reliever Brae
Wright put runners on second and third base. But John
Kaye grounded out to short to end the threat.
In the bottom of the seventh the Commodores pulled
to with in a 2-1 score when Cesar Nicolas drew a bases-loaded
walk off Zick. But Jones followed by hitting into an
inning-ending fielder's choice putout at second base.
The Rebels added an insurance run in the ninth inning
when Matt Mossberg drew a bases-load walk off Commodore
reliever Nick Pilkington.
Mickey Kropf made his first start as a Commodore in
the designated hitter's slot. He went 2-for-3 with two
singles through the middle of the infield. Tony Mansolino
also went 2-for-3 for Vanderbilt with a double down
the third-base line and a single to right field.
Vanderbilt hits the road for four games this week.
The Commodores travel to Austin Peay on Tuesday for
a 6:30 p.m. CT contest. Vanderbilt plays at South Carolina
this weekend in a three-game SEC series. Game times
are 7 p.m. ET on Friday, 4 p.m. ET, on Saturday and
1:30 p.m. ET, on Sunday.