McArthur, Rebels power past Memphis for midweek victory

Published 12:01 pm Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MEMPHIS — Three home runs combined with a masterful performance by freshman starting pitcher James McArthur led No. 14 Ole Miss to a 7-0 victory over Memphis Tuesday evening at AutoZone Park. McArthur pitched a career-high seven scoreless innings, while the Rebel bats did the rest to earn the midweek victory.

Will Golsan and Michael Fitzsimmons hit back-to-back homers as part of a four-run sixth inning. It was the third home run this season by each Rebel as the duo became the first Ole Miss sluggers to go back-to-back since Sikes Orvis and Colby Bortles accomplished the feat versus UT Martin, April 15, 2015. Colby Bortles also left the yard in the eighth inning for his fourth home run of the season. Along with the three homers, the Rebels (27-10) racked up 10 hits throughout the night. Bortles, Errol Robinson and J.B. Woodman also recorded two hits apiece.

McArthur (5-0) tied his career high with seven strikeouts to earn his fifth victory in his last six starts. The freshman allowed just four hits and two walks during the career-long outing of seven scoreless frames. The combination of McArthur and Brady Feigl gave Ole Miss its second consecutive shutout in the last two victories.

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For Memphis (13-24), six Tigers recorded a hit. On the mound, starter Jonathan Bowlan (1-4) allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through 6.0 innings.