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.
On the transition as new hitting coach: The transition has been really good. The coaching staff has made it a lot easier on me than what it could be. It's definitely been a whirlwind. On what he knew about Ole... read more
Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Watch: Freeze on CFB Live Watch: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman... read more
All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more
Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more
Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more
Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more
NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more
Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more
Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days, July 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.Ole Miss will take its... read more