BLOG: No. 13 Rebels rout Grambling as Bianco earns 700th win
Published 9:40 pm Friday, March 11, 2016
Brady Bramlett was dominant on the mound and the offense struck early and often as No. 13 Ole Miss defeated Grambling State 15-2 on Friday at Oxford-University Stadium.
The Rebels (13-1) took the opening game of the weekend series for their eighth straight win. It was also a milestone for head coach Mike Bianco as it was his 700th career win and 600th at Ole Miss.
“I’m proud but I’m proud because one, you’re at one place a long time and a lot of wins,” Bianco said. “It’s certainly done by a lot of great coaches. A lot of fans and administration that’s believed in the program for 15-plus years.”
Bramlett worked five innings of scoreless baseball, giving up four hits and striking out 11 to stay undefeated on the year (4-0) heading into Southeastern Conference play next Friday at Tennessee. He was one strikeout shy of tying his career-best.
“Fastball was really working tonight,” Bramlett said. “Slider later on, I kind of found that. I was struggling early on with it. …I feel great, body feels great. I feel as a team we’re competing really well and playing some good baseball.”
Ole Miss jumped on the Tigers (4-7) immediately, scoring 5 runs in the first inning. They followed that up with two runs in the second, one run in the fourth and 3 runs in the fifth. Errol Robinson was responsible for the damage in the fifth inning with a 3-run home run, his first on the season.
Cameron Dishon got in on the fun, hitting a solo-shot in the seventh inning. Colby Bortles was 4-for-2 with 3 RBIs while J.B. Woodman went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs
Senior Matt Denny made his second appearance of the season, working 1.2 innings of relief out of the bullpen. The left-hander was responsible for Grambling’s two runs, one was unearned. He walked two and struckout one.
Freshman Connor Green closed things out working the final 2.1 innings
The Rebels look for their fourth straight series win of the season on Saturday with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m., which was originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. but was moved back due to weather concerns