21 Mar

one of those days

It was a great day for baseball in Oxford on Wednesday. The game itself didn’t hold up its end. Ole Miss beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 25-0. The Rebels hit six home runs, four in one inning. UAPB didn’t muster a hit. It was the most runs in a game for the Rebels in 16 years, and their first no-hitter since 1966. Ole Miss’ Tyler Keenan was 5-for-6 with two homers and seven RBIs. UAPB had four baserunners. Obviously, this is a good Ole Miss team. The Rebels, who beat UAPB 12-2 on Tuesday, are 16-6 and have been nationally ranked much of the season. UAPB, which has yet to play a home game, is in the throes of an unusually bad season: 2-18, 1-8 in the SWAC. The Golden Lions went 20-25 last year, their fifth 20-win season in six years. They were 12-10 in the SWAC and have won three division titles since 2014. Sometimes these midweek games just go haywire. Pitching runs short. The Lions, after using four pitchers on Tuesday, went through seven on Wednesday, four of whom couldn’t get more than two outs. Hard to imagine that either team truly enjoyed Wednesday’s game — or that either will make too much of it. They have to turn the page. It’s back to conference play this weekend.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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