Maybe the Ole Miss Diamond Rebels stayed up too late watching their basketball counter parts rally to beat Missouri Friday night at the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament.
Whatever the case, sixth ranked Ole Miss had its worst day of the 2013 season as Arkansas bounced back with a 10-1 thumping of the Rebels Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
The loss evens Ole Miss' SEC record at 1-1 and puts a damper on what has been the best start in school history after Friday night's 7-1 win pushed the Rebels to a 19-1 record.
Ole Miss is now 19-2 after Saturday's loss and will hope to salvage the opening SEC weekend series Sunday. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco was not happy with his team's effort or lack thereof.
"We didn't answer the bell today," Bianco said. "Arkansas did a good job of expanding the lead. Today our team was not the one we've seen in the previous 20 games. We didn't compete at the plate. We compete on the mound and that's not the way we do things."
Arkansas (14-6, 1-1) got a great outing from starting pitcher Randall Fant who went six strong innings. He scattered seven hits and struck out five. Jalen Beeks pitched two scoreless innings as the Razorbacks extended a 5-1 lead to 10-1 as Ole Miss pitched and played poorly on defense.
The Rebels' issues started in the second inning when the Razorbacks had two on when Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers went to cover the bag on Joe Serrano's grounder to first. Mayers was ruled not to have touched the bag to get Serrano and two runs scored to put Arkansas up 3-1.
More problems came in the fifth when again, Arkansas got two on but this time went with the bunt to move the runners. Mayers threw wide of first base for a two-base error and that allowed Tyler Spoon and Brian Anderson to score to make it 5-1.
Spoon had a two-run double in the sixth inning to knock out Mayers, who suffered his first loss of the season. Arkansas added three more runs in the seventh to finish the rout.
Mayers was credited with seven runs, five earned, in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five. Matt Denny and Josh Laxer closed out the game for Ole Miss.
Serrano led Arkansas with three hits while Spoon drove in three off a double and fielders choice. Jacob Mahan scored three runs.
Ole Miss was limited to a single run in the fourth when Auston Bousfield singled and scored on a hit by Sikes Orvis.
Bousfield finished with three hits. Stuart Turner had two hits to maintain his lead as the SEC's top hitter at .493.
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