Ole Miss Wins Series-Opener 13-4
April 26, 2005
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Ole Miss All-American Stephen Head went 2-for-3 and launched a pair of home runs to lead Ole Miss to a 13-4 win over Memphis in the series opener between the two schools. Ole Miss has now beaten the U of M in three consecutive games. However, Memphis will get the chance to snap that streak on Wednesday when they host the Rebels in the annual tilt at AutoZone Park. Tiger football head coach Tommy West and Heisman Trophy hopeful DeAngelo Williams will be on hand, as the duo will throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Official first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Head got the Rebels rolling with his first home run of the evening, a two run blast over the rightfield wall. Head finished the night with five RBI and a pair of runs scored.
A three-run shot by Mark Wright highlighted a four-run second inning as Mississippi increased its lead to 6-0. The frame opened with Justin Brashear and Cooper Osteen reaching on consecutive singles and Chris Coghlan drawing a walk to load the sacks. A sacrifice fly by Head scored Brashear for Ole Miss' third run of the game.
Memphis cut the Ole Miss lead in half with a three-run fourth. Ryan Martin struck out, but reached on a wild pitch by Rebel starter Anthony Cupps. Adam Amar, who had two of the Tigers' five hits on the night, followed with a single up the middle. K.K. Chalmers put Memphis on the board with a two-run single up the middle. After Chalmers stole his 12th base of the season, Patrick Hope knocked an RBI-double to left to make it 6-3.
It was all Ole Miss from the fifth inning on as the Rebs answered back with a pair of tallies in the home half of the fourth on Head's second round tripper of the night. Ole Miss extended its advantage to 9-3 on a fifth-inning RBI-double off the bat of Cooper Osteen.
Pinch hitter Alex Kliman gave Ole Miss a 10-3 lead with a leadoff home run to start a four-run seventh inning. Brashear ripped an RBI-single up the middle and an Osteen run scoring double to the gap in left center made it 12-3. The Rebels scoring was capped by a pinch-hit RBI-single by Peyton Farr.
Memphis scored a run in the eighth on a fielding error by the Ole Miss.
Cupps picked up the win, striking out 12 in six innings. He allowed three earned runs on four hits. Blake Richardson took the loss after giving up nine runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.
Tomorrow's game will be broadcast live with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.