OXFORD, Miss. (2/21/2012) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves (0-3) grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but the 20th-ranked Rebels of Ole Miss (2-1) tied the game in the third, took a 4-1 lead in the fourth and went on to defeat ASU 8-1 Wednesday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium.
Ole Miss scored its eight runs on 12 hits with one error, while ASU finished the day with five hits and did not commit an error on the afternoon.
"It was really encouraging to see us jump out to the early lead," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "Obviously we knew that we would have to score more. They used a couple of big innings in the fourth and fifth to take the lead, and that proved to be enough."
The Red Wolves grabbed their 1-0 lead in the first when right fielder Kaleb Brown doubled to left field and scored on an RBI single from first baseman Zach George. Arkansas State's lead held until the third when Rebel second baseman Alex Yarbrough grounded out to drive in a run, and Ole Miss grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fourth on a three-run home run from designated hitter Zach Kirksey.
A two-run double from shortstop Blake Newalu extended the Rebel lead to 6-1 in the fifth and Ole Miss was able to tack on two more runs in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-1 lead heading into the sixth that proved to be the final score.
Senior right-hander Cory Kyle (0-1) started and took the loss on the mound for the Red Wolves. Kyle worked three and one-third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking a pair. Freshman Sam Smith started and picked up the win for Ole Miss, working four innings while giving up one run on three hits. Smith walked one and struck out one.
Brown, George, third baseman Claude Johnson, designated hitter Ryan Emery and pinch-hitter Daniel Short all had one hit on the day for ASU. Third baseman Preston Overbey went 3-for-4 to lead Ole Miss.
The Red Wolves will return to action Feb. 22 when ASU hosts Murray State at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. Wednesday's home opener is scheduled to get underway at 3:00 p.m.
Sophomore Zach George extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to the 2011 season.
Junior Ryan Emery extended his hitting streak to nine games dating back to the 2011 season.
Junior Michael Faulkner saw his nine-game hitting streak from last season come to an end.
Junior transfer pitchers Morgan Croft and Seth McWilliams and freshman pitcher Chandler Hawkins all saw their first action as Red Wolves.
The Red Wolves turned their second double-play of the season, going 6-4-3 in the second inning.