The No. 12 Rebels showed why they have one of the best offensive clubs in the nation, chasing UK starter Andrew Nelson after four innings and pounding out 17 hits against five Wildcat pitchers. The visitors had 50 hits over the weekend, outscoring UK 39-15.
Catcher Will Allen went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Rebels. Centerfielder Austin Bousfield also collected three hits and scored three runs for Ole Miss (33-12, 13-8 SEC).
No. 17 Kentucky (27-17, 9-12 SEC) had 12 hits of its own, but couldn't keep pace with the Rebels, who kept the bats of Max Kuhn, A.J. Reed, Micheal Thomas mostly quiet in the middle of the Wildcats order. The dangerous trio combined to go 2-for-11 on the day against Ole Miss pitchers Sam Smith, Aaron Greenwood and Jeremy Massie.
Massie (3-2) picked up the win, pitching the final four innings for the Rebels. The left-hander allowed just two hits, struck out four and walked none during his scoreless appearance.
Logan Salow (2-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) over 1.1 innings. The UK lefty was victimized by one of two UK errors on the day and his own wild pitch that helped set up another run.
Ka'ai Tom and JaVon Shelby each had three hits to lead the Cats. Storm Wilson also hit his third home run of the season for UK.
Kentucky returns to action Thursday, traveling to Knoxville to begin a three-game series against the Volunteers. It's a key series for both teams. UK currently resides in fourth place in the SEC East, one game ahead of UT.
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