NASHVILLE – Ole Miss faced a No. 1 team for the seventh time this season on Thursday, a 6-0 loss to Vanderbilt.
It was the first time the Rebels (16-18, 5-8 SEC) were held scoreless since May 10, 2014, a span of 52 games.
Game 2 is tonight with Brady Bramlett on the mound for the Rebels beginning at 6:30 p.m. It cane be heard on the Ole Miss Radio Network as well as viewed on SEC Network+.
Sophomore Colby Bortles doubled in the fourth inning to continue his hot hitting, reaching base for the 12th straight game. Errol Robinson also added a single, recording a base hit for the seventh time in the past nine contests.
Left-hander Christian Trent (4-3) went 61⁄3 innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits to go along with five strikeouts.
The five strikeouts marked the second-straight outing Trent has punched out that amount of opposing hitters. Fellow southpaw Mitchel Babb pitched the final 12⁄3 innings, retiring all five batters he faced.
"He gets out of that second and third jam, and then runs through the bottom of the eighth for us,” said head coach Mike Bianco. “It really saves the bullpen - the last three outings he’s really been lights out.”
Carson Fulmer pitched a complete game for the Commodores (28-7, 11-2 SEC). The home team hit three solo home runs.
The Commodores scored a run in each of the first three innings, hitting solo home runs in the first and third innings and scoring a run after three two-out hits in the second inning. for a 3-0 lead.
Vanderbilt added two more runs in the fifth and another in the seventh. The Commodores tried to add more in the seventh, putting two runners in scoring position with one out but Babb retired both hitters he faced to get the Rebels out of the jam.