OXFORD, Miss. – The bullpen came in and held the Warhawks down over the last five innings to allow the home team to rally as No. 24 Ole Miss (7-1) downed ULM (4-4) by a score of 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Swayze Field.
With the bases loaded in the ninth inning and two outs on the board, junior outfielder Braxton Lee hit a chopper to short and motored safely down the first base line as Holt Perdzock crossed home plate to complete a dramatic ninth-inning rally.
Trailing by two runs entering the inning, the Rebels and Warhawks started a chess match of pinch hitters and pitching changes as both teams fought for the win.
The Rebels got three consecutive batters on base with a walk, a single to right and a hit batter. Dalton Dulin brought the tying run home with a ground ball to short, reaching as the Warhawks went to second with the play to erase Errol Robinson from the base path. The play allowed pinch-running Will Jamison to score and knot the game at four.
Lee then delivered his chopper to short, scoring Perdzock as the Rebels picked up the come-from-behind win.
“At the end, it was all of the at-bats starting with (Colby) Bortles, a freshman off the bench,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “He fouls balls off and gets a 3-2 walk and gets to first. Then Holt (Perdzock) has another great at-bat and drops one in. Errol (Robinson) comes up with another great at-bat. He’s at 2-2 and takes a breaking ball in the back.
“Then the speed took over,” Bianco said. “You have Dalton (Dulin), who hits a ball. It looks somewhat like a routine double-play ball. He runs a great 90 (feet) to first and beats it out and we tie the game up. Then Braxton (Lee) at the end, when he chopped that ball, you knew he was going to have a play. He was too good down the base path.”
Wyatt Short (1-0) picked up the win in relief, working the final 0.2 innings and getting the Rebels out of a potential jam after entering the game with one out and a man on second.
Short was the third Rebel out of the bullpen to hold ULM in check as Matt Denny worked 3.0 scoreless innings and allowed one hit. Preston Tarkington then worked 1.1 innings without allowing a hit and only one base runner on a fielding error to open the ninth.
Reliever Tyler Bray (1-1) suffered the loss for the Warhawks, working the final 0.1 of an inning. He entered the game with ULM leading 4-3, one out and a runner on first.
Ole Miss got on the board in the first inning with a two-run home run from Auston Bousfield. Lee opened the home half of the first with a walk before Bousfield sent the pitch back over the wall in left center to put the Rebels on top 2-0.
ULM answered in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of breaks to load the bases before pushing four runs home.
An RBI single from Josh Faciane brought the first run home to cut the lead to 2-1 with one out on the board. The Rebels then got a strikeout for the second out, but the Warhawk lineup flipped back to the top spot and Dalton Herrington delivered a three-RBI double to the wall in right center to give his team a 4-2 lead on Ole Miss.
The Rebels capitalized on a break of their own in the fourth inning to cut the lead to one. Austin Knight came to the plate with two outs and a runner in scoring position. Knight struck out, but the dropped third strike forced a play at first and the catcher threw the ball over the head of the fielder, allowing J.B. Woodman to score from second.
Ole Miss’ bullpen then kept the Warhawks off the board the rest of the way, setting up the ninth-inning dramatics that resulted in a Rebel victory.
The two teams will take the field again on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. first pitch to conclude the two-game midweek set.
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more
In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday. The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 21-27, 2015Baseball - During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama. - The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout... read more
With a distance of 287-yards, the 2015 #CFAPBGolf Coaches Division Long Drive Champion is @CoachHughFreeze! pic.twitter.com/ProCdgbbg9-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 27, 2015 Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge... read more