OXFORD, Miss. –Will Allen came up with a bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth to push Ole Miss (8-1) to a 4-3 walk-off win over ULM (4-5) Wednesday night at Swayze Field.
With the bases loaded following a lead-off single from Brantley Bell and intentional walks of Auston Bousfield and Austin Anderson, Allen came to the plate to face reliever Tyler Bray who had just been brought into the game. Allen took the first pitch and sent it through the left side to score Bell and give the Rebels a come-from-behind win in the ninth.
Cheyne Bickel (1-1) picked up the win in relief, working the final 2.1 innings and holding the Warhawks off the board while striking out one batter and not allowing a walk. Starter Jeremy Massie worked 5.0 no-hit, scoreless innings in his first start as a Rebel.
Carey Taylor (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings of relief. He put the winning run on base in the ninth after giving up the tying run in the eighth.
“It was a tough day to play baseball,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “I’m proud of the way we played. Jeremy Massie was outstanding. All the pitchers were outstanding, except for (Evan) Anderson’s tough inning. Laxer came in and made it look easy with the 1-2-3 inning. (Cheyne) Bickel was terrific after giving up the homer this weekend. He came back and looked tremendous.”
Ole Miss got off to a quick start, scoring in the first when Braxton Lee scored from second on a ground ball to short from Bousfield. Lee reached on a walk, stole second and took third on a throwing error to second on the steal to set up the score.
The Rebels got a second run in the fourth when Lee delivered an RBI double to bring Colby Bortles home from first. Bortles singled to open the inning and took second on a passed ball before scoring on the Lee hit to give Ole Miss the 2-0 lead.
ULM answered in the seventh, taking advantage of several Rebel miscues to push three runs across the plate.
The Warhawks got things started with a single and a walk. Justin Stawychny then lay down a sac bunt down the third base line, but a throwing error allowed him to reach safely and a run to score. The play pushed two men into scoring position following the run.
A wild pitch brought a second run home and advanced Stawychny to third before a Vincent Dellecono double scored Stawychny and gave the Warhawks the 3-2 lead after the top of the seventh.
Ole Miss answered in the eighth, tying the game on a Bortles groundout that brought pinch runner Cameron Dishon home from third. Dishon entered the game to run following a one-out single from Sikes Orvis. Preston Overbey then doubled to push Dishon to third and set up the score on the Bortles ground ball.
The Rebels then completed the rally in the ninth with the bases-loaded hit from Allen.
Ole Miss will continue home play this weekend with a three-game series against UCF at Swayze Field. First pitch for Friday’s series opener is set for 6:30 p.m.
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