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12th-ranked Rebels slug Louisville

The 12th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels showed why they have been soaring through the national rankings this season.

Ole Miss catcher Will Allen returned to the lineup today at Louisville.

The Rebels racked up 22 hits and 18 runs on their way to claiming an 18-8 victory over the 22nd-ranked Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday in Kentucky.

Ole Miss starting pitcher Josh Laxer had a rough outing giving up five runs in the first inning. Laxer did not make it back out to the hill in the second inning as reliever Tanner Bailey came in for the next three innings for the Rebels.

The five-run spot for the Cardinals would not be enough to hold off the surging Rebels.

The Rebels used a four-run third inning and a seven-run fifth to pull away from the Cardinals and split the midweek road series.

Ole Miss used an impressive outing from nearly every hitter in the lineup. Seven Rebel batters had multiple-hit days at the plate.

Leadoff man Tanner Mathis had a five-hit day for the Rebs and he added to the 14 hits piled up by the first four Rebel batters in the lineup (Mathis, Anderson, Yarbough and Snyder).

Current SEC Player of the Week, senior Matt Snyder, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a home run and five runs batted in.

Sophomore catcher Will Allen returned from injury in Tuesday’s game after being out with a broken pinky for the past two weeks. Allen had his best day as a Rebel going 4-for-4 with three RBIs.

The most spectacular plays of the day came from the designated hitter Zach Kirksey. Kirksey belted two home runs in the of which was a grand slam, his second of the season. The senior bomber now has eight home runs on the year and a mind blowing 30 RBIs. Those stats are good enough to put him in the top three in nation for home runs and runs batted in.

The Rebels will now take their hot swinging bats into SEC play as they host the Auburn Tigers this weekend at Swayze Field. Sophomore righty Bobby Wahl will take the mound on Friday night for the Rebels. The first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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