It wasn’t the blowout fashion #4 Ole Miss has become accustomed to, having been victors of 3 one-sided victories in a row, but the Rebels came from behind today to edge out Belmont and take the series on Saturday’s matinee action. Some late-game heroics from the Rebel offense ensured the series victory over Belmont, but also gave head coach Mike Bianco his 500th career win at Swayze Field in the skipper’s 21st year at Ole Miss.
The two teams today were locked in a 3-3 tie for most of the ballgame, after Ole Miss overcame an early 3-0 deficit, but Kevin Graham finally broke the stalemate with the deciding run in today’s action, a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth that reached the student section in right field 405 feet off the bat.
Graham’s homer was the first of the season for the junior, and he became the ninth Rebel so far this season to log a home run. Graham was 0-for-3 coming into the inning, having fallen victim to the defensive infield shift from the Bruins for a majority of the action today, but proved to be the difference-maker with his solo shot in the eighth.
Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, closer Taylor Broadway, and offensive hero of the day Kevin Graham all spoke postgame about the win. Video is courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Productions.