OXFORD, Miss. --Brett Huber picked up his first save of the season, retiring all five batters faced to help the Rebels pick up a series sweep as Ole Miss (3-0) defeated Wright State (0-3) by a score of 6-5 on Sunday.
Huber entered the game with a runner on first, one out on the board and the go-ahead run at the plate in the eighth inning. The sophomore, who was an All-SEC performer and Freshman All-America selection a year ago, retired the next two batters to get out of the inning before retiring the side in order in the ninth to preserve the win.
The Rebels completed the sweep in front of a crowd of 8,146, bringing the weekend total to 24,775 fans in Oxford for opening weekend. That is the third largest attendance for a three-game series in school history.
Trent Rothlin (1-0) picked up the win in relief as he worked 2.0 innings and allowed one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Starter Austin Wright was solid, working 5.0 innings in his debut and allowing only one run on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Michael Woytek (0-1) took the loss for the Raiders in the start as he allowed four runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout. Woytek worked 5.1 innings for Wright State.
"You have to tip your hat to Wright State; they are very good and they are going to win a bunch of baseball games," Bianco said. "I have to give credit to Brett Huber, he is a guy we can count on late in the game. He really showed us why he was an All-American last year. He didn't have a good outing yesterday but was able to bounce back within 24 hours and win a ball game.
"I think Austin Wright pitched terrific today," Bianco said. "People don't realize how hard it is to pitch in front of 8,000 people. He didn't bring his best stuff but he threw at 90-93 throughout the whole game. I think he pitched terrific for his first time out."
Ole Miss got on the board in the third inning when Blake Newalu scored on a single through the right side from Alex Yarbrough. Newalu doubled to open the inning and took third on a sac bunt from Tanner Mathis to get into position to score on the Yarbrough hit.
Wright State answered with a run in the fourth when a groundout to second from Kody Krizman scored Ryan Ashe from third. Ashe reached on a single and moved to third on a double from Justin Kopale to set up the scoring play on the hit from Krizman.
The Rebels answered in the bottom of the frame, moving back into the lead on an RBI-single from Preston Overbey that drove in Miles Hamblin. Hamblin reached on a single and stole second before the Overbey hit that put Ole Miss on top 2-1.
Again, Wright State answered in the sixth inning, plating a run on another groundout to second from Krizman with the bases loaded. A single, a hit batter and a walk loaded the bags before Krizman's groundout with one out evened the scored. Ole Miss got out of the inning with another groundout to keep the score tied at two.
The Rebels would move into the lead for good in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring four runs to move ahead 6-2. With runners at second and third following a sac bunt from Jordan King, Hamblin came up with a two RBI single to start the scoring as Matt Snyder and Matt Tracy crossed the plate. Newalu reached on a single to put two men on before Mathis came out with a two-RBI single with two outs to give the Rebels the four run lead.
Wright State cut the lead to one in the eighth inning, pushing three runs across before the Rebels went to the bullpen for Huber who got Ole Miss out of the inning holding to the one run lead before picking up the save by keeping the Raiders off the board in the ninth.
Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday when the Rebels will host Memphis at 3 p.m. at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field. It will be the first of two mid-week games for Ole Miss who will also host Arkansas State at 3 p.m. on Wednesday before heading on the road to face Houston next weekend.
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