No. 24 Rebels Walk-Off With 4-3 Win Over UCF

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM John Gatlin (36) is mobbed by teammates following his walk-off hit.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
John Gatlin (36) is mobbed by teammates following his walk-off hit.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 28, 2014

Box Score | Photo Gallery | BLOG: Gatlin Lifts Rebels To Third Straight Walk-Off Win

OXFORD, Miss. – For the third straight game the Rebels rallied for a walk-off win, this time in 13 innings as No. 24 Ole Miss (9-1) defeated UCF (6-3) by a score of 4-3 at Swayze Field on Friday night.

The big hit was a long time coming in the game that spanned more than four hours, but an even longer time coming for senior John Gatlin, who missed the 2013 season with injury and came back for his fifth season this year.

With runners at the corners and two outs, Gatlin laced a ball to third and beat the throw to first, allowing Kyle Toth to score the winning run and give the Rebels the series-opening win.
 
“I’m proud of the way we hung in there,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We didn’t play well early. We didn’t have too many opportunities. We had a couple of errors, a passed ball, a ball and a missed signal from the pitcher to the catcher on three-two count. We just made a lot of mistakes and kept them in the game. (Eric) Skoglund was really tough early for them. We weren’t able to manage much through the first seven innings or so offensively. Once it got to the end, offensively we looked terrific. We knew at some point we would get the big hit.”

Cheyne Bickel (2-1) picked up the win as he worked the final 1.0 inning with two hits and two strikeouts. He was the last of seven pitchers to see action on the night.

Starter Chris Ellis continued to pitch well for the third straight weekend, allowing one unearned run on one hit with four walks and five strikeouts through 7.0 innings of work in the start. Through three starts, Ellis has yet to allow an earned run with the only run allowed coming in the game against the Knights.

Parker Thomas (1-2) suffered the loss in relief, working the final 2.0 inning and allowing the one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Skoglund, the Knights’ starter, worked 7.2 innings and allowed three runs – two earned – on six hits with two strikeouts.

UCF got on the board first, plating a run in the fourth inning when Derrick Salberg scored on a sac fly from Eric Barber. Salberg reached on a fielding error at second, one of two on the night by the Rebels, before a walk and a sac bunt pushed him to third before the Barber fly ball.

The Rebels answered in the bottom of the fifth when Will Allen scored on a groundout from Sikes Orvis. Allen doubled to open the inning and took third on a groundout from Preston Overbey to set up the score on the Orvis ball to second.

The Knights moved out to a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning, taking advantage of a balk and wild pitch to set up the two-run inning and grab the lead back.

Ole Miss once again had an answer, capitalizing on a balk and a fielding error to push two runs home and tie the game at three.

Brantley Bell reached on a single and took second on a balk. He then scored on a double to right from Errol Robinson to cut the lead to one. Robinson moved to third on a groundout from Braxton Lee before scoring a batter later when a fielding error at third by the Knights allowed Robinson to score and knot the game.

The pitching and defense continued to work out of jams through the next four innings with the Rebels leaving five men stranded and the Knights stranding nine of their own until the home half of the 13th inning.

Ole Miss then got things started when Allen was hit by a pitch to open the frame. Toth entered to run for him at first and took second on a sac bunt from Overbey. A groundout from Henri Lartigue moved Toth to third and set up the win on the Gatlin hit.

The Rebels and Knights will take the field for game two of the series at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Swayze Field.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 28-May 4, 2015)

      Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

      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

    • VIDEO: Rebel Road Trip 2015

      Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

      Rebel Road Trip 2015 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • More on Steelers' Selection of Golson

      Friday, May 1, 2015 - Football

      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 Rebels Among Inaugural Scott County HOF Class

      Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Athletics

      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

    • Freeze, Tuohy Conclude Play at Charity Golf Tournament

      Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Football

      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

    • Tennis Teams React to NCAA Tournament Selections

      Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Men's Tennis

      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 Review (April 21-27, 2015)

      Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Athletics

      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

    • Freeze Wins Long Drive Competition

      Monday, April 27, 2015 - Football

      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

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- April 26

      Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Athletics

      Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more

    • Bramlett Helps Rebels Complete DH Sweep, Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Baseball

      Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more

    • Freeze, Tuohy to Rep Ole Miss at Charity Golf Tournament

      Friday, April 24, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football Season Tickets Promo

      Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Football

      read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Stars Wars Night Intro

      Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Baseball

      read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20, 2015)

      Monday, April 20, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more

    • Rebels Continue Push to Host in NCAA's

      Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Men's Tennis

      With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more