Razorbacks blank Rebels 7-0 to regain SEC West lead

Oxford, MS (KFSM) - Surprise starter Mike Bolsinger baffled Ole Miss at the plate as the No. 11 Rebels (34-15, 15-9 SEC) fell to No. 9 Arkansas (37-11, 16-8 SEC) by a score of 7-0 in the series finale at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

The win moved the Hogs back into sole possession of first place in the SEC West.

David Goforth (1-3) suffered the loss as he worked 6.0 innings and allowed six runs - five earned - on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Bolsinger (5-2) picked up the win for the Razorbacks as he allowed only two hits and walked three while striking out 11 batters on the afternoon.

"It was a tough game today," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "We didn't execute well offensively. You have to give credit to [Mike] Bolsinger. He was terrific and was able to win almost every full count. He made the pitches when they mattered."

The Razorbacks struck first, scoring in the fourth inning when Tim Carver came to the plate with men at the corners and one out. Carver singled to short in a hit and run that scored Andy Wilkins from third and left two men on. Goforth then struck out Arkansas' catcher James McCann for the second out before Collin Kuhn was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Goforth then got Bo Bigham to fly out to center field, leaving the Razorbacks holding to a 1-0 lead.

Arkansas extended the lead in the fifth inning with a two-run home run from Wilkins that scored Brett Eibner. Eibner singled in the previous at bat to reach base before the Wilkins hit that gave the Razorbacks the 3-0 lead.

A fourth run crossed the plate in the sixth inning when Carver scored on a sac fly to right field from Kuhn. Carver was hit by a pitch to reach base before taking second on a fielding error at first on a pickoff attempt. He then used back-to-back fly outs from McCann and Kuhn to score and put Arkansas up 4-0.

The Razorbacks continue to build on the lead from there, pushing three runs across in the seventh inning to take a 7-0 advantage. A lead-off walk and a double put men at second and third before a groundout to first scored the first run and left a man at third. Monk Kreder the singled to drive in a second run before stealing second base to get into scoring position. Kreder then crossed the plate on a single up the middle from Carver to give Arkansas its final run of the game.