OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebel pitching staff posted a shutout for the second straight day as David Goforth and Jake Morgan combined to blank the Bison on the way to a 3-0 win for Ole Miss (12-4) over Lipscomb (7-8) on Saturday.
The Rebels claimed the series with the win and will look for the weekend sweep on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Morgan (2-0) picked up the win in relief as he worked the final 2.1 innings and held the Bison hitless with one strikeout. David Goforth was solid in the start, working 6.2 innings with four strikeouts in a walk, while allowing five hits.
Connor Sinclair (1-2) suffered the loss for Lipscomb as he allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
“It all starts on the mound and David was brilliant today,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Jake was tremendous and you can see him really starting to feel it. Those guys were just great today on the mound.”
It was a defensive battle and a pitcher’s duel through the early innings with Lipscomb threatening in the first inning, but an outstanding throw to the plate from Matt Smith in right field erased the base runner at the plate to keep the Bison off the board in the opening frame.
Lipscomb never threatened again until the seventh inning, while the Rebels would get runners to third twice prior to the seventh without being able to push a run across the plate.
The Bison put two men on in the seventh and the Rebels turned to the bullpen to bring in Morgan with two outs. The right-handed reliever got a groundout to end the inning and kept Lipscomb off the board heading into the stretch.
Ole Miss made its move after that, pushing three runs across the plate for all the scoring that would be needed on the day. Preston Overbey reached on a fielder’s choice when he attempted to sac bunt and the lead runner was thrown out. Overbey moved to second on a single from Blake Newalu and both runners advanced on a double steal with Tanner Mathis at the plate.
Mathis then singled up the middle to drive in both runners and get the Rebels on the board. Mathis was caught stealing before Alex Yarbrough doubled to right center and then scored on a single from Matt Snyder to give Ole Miss its third run of the day.
Lipscomb got out of the inning, but the Rebels held the Bison off the board the rest of the way to grab the shutout win and take the series.
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