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Ole Miss 6, Auburn 1: Rebels take opener at Plainsman Park

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Ole Miss scored five of its six runs with two outs, and Auburn's offense once again failed to produce.

Jordan Ebert chases a ball against Ole Miss, Friday, May 3, 2013, in Auburn.
Jordan Ebert chases a ball against Ole Miss, Friday, May 3, 2013, in Auburn.
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With the SEC Tournament just three weeks away, the final three series for Auburn have taken on added importance, mainly due to the 7-14 conference record going into this weekend's series. No. 21 Ole Miss visited a windy Plainsman Park Friday night and opened the three-game set with a 6-1 win.

Ole Miss (33-14, 12-10 SEC) starter Bobby Wahl (9-0) went eight innings, only letting Auburn score on a solo homer by Garrett Cooper in the fourth. He struck out five, walked two and gave up just two singles and a Hunter Kelley double in addition to the solo shot.

Conner Kendrick (3-2) was the losing pitcher for Auburn (15-19, 7-15). He pitched well for the majority of his start, but was hurt mostly by one pitch. With two on and two out, Preston Overbey received fat one right over the plate in the top of the fourth and hammered it over the left-field wall, putting Ole Miss up, 3-0.

The Rebels tacked one more off Kendrick in the sixth, his last frame. Trey Cochran-Gill came on in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, but he gave up two in the ninth, wrapping up Ole Miss' day at the plate with six runs and thirteen hits.

Ryan Tella, Dan Glevenyak and Cullen Wacker hit 1-2-3 and combined to go 0-for-11 with three strikeouts and a walk. Cooper was the only bright spot for the offense, singling and homering as part of a 2-for-4 evening.

Michael O'Neal (8-3) will face Mike Mayers Saturday at 2:15 p.m. CT -- weather permitting -- to try to set up a decisive Sunday matchup.

Box score, via auburntigers.com

Ole Miss 6 (33-14,12-10 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Tanner Mathis lf 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .243
Austin Anderson ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 .291
Auston Bousfield cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 .274
Stuart Turner c 4 2 3 0 0 0 8 0 0 .406
Andrew Mistone 3b 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .322
Preston Overbey 1b 3 1 1 3 1 1 10 0 0 .288
Christian Helsel 2b 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 .245
Will Allen dh 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .231
Lance Wilson pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .162
Holt Perdzock ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Cameron Dishon rf 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 .188
Will Jamison ph/rf 2 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .284
Bobby Wahl p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Tanner Bailey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 35 6 13 5 2 7 27 8 4

Auburn 1 (25-19,7-15 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Ryan Tella cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .274
Dan Glevenyak ss 3 0 0 0 1 1 6 5 0 .216
Cullen Wacker lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3 .323
Garrett Cooper 1b 4 1 2 1 0 0 6 3 0 .355
Patrick Savage dh 3 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .250
Damek Tomscha 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .248
Jordan Ebert 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .277
Hunter Kelley rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .281
Blake Austin c 3 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 .267
Conner Kendrick p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 -
Trey Cochran-Gill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 -
Totals 32 1 5 1 2 7 27 14 6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Ole Miss............ 000 301 002 -  6 13  0
Auburn.............. 000 100 000 -  1  5  0
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DP - Auburn 2. LOB - OM 4; Auburn 6. 2B - A. Anderson(6); H. Perdzock(4); Kelley, H.(9). HR - P. Overbey(3); Cooper, G.(7). SB - C. Helsel(1); L. Wilson(4). CS - T. Mathis(4); C. Helsel(3).

Ole Miss ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Bobby Wahl W,9-0 8.0 4 1 1 2 5 0 0 0 0 28 30 8 11 103 1.20
Tanner Bailey 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 4 1 0 17 1.08
Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Conner Kendrick L,3-3 6.0 10 4 4 2 6 0 0 0 1 24 26 5 3 96 2.66
Trey Cochran-Gill 3.0 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 11 11 3 4 32 3.13

Win - B. Wahl (9-0). Loss - Kendrick, C. (3-3). Save - None. WP - Cochran-Gill(2). Inherited runners/scored: Cochran-Gill 1/0. Pitches/strikes: B. Wahl 103/64; T. Bailey 17/10; Kendrick, C. 96/61; Cochran-Gill 32/21.

Umpires - HP: Barry Chambers 1B: Scott Erby 2B: Nelson Graham 3B: Damien Beal
Start: 6:00 Time: 2:21 Attendance: 2701
Weather: 65; Showers; E 17 MPH
Kendrick, C. faced 1 batter in the 7th.