OXFORD, Miss. - The Rebels overcame an early deficit on Sunday, putting together a six-run eighth inning to complete a series sweep as No. 14 Ole Miss (21-4, 4-2 SEC) defeated Missouri (11-12, 1-5 SEC) by a score of 8-3 Sunday.
The Tigers took the early lead and answered the first Rebel rally, but Ole Miss put together the big eight-inning by batting around and pushing home six runs to grab the win.
Wyatt Short (3-0) picked up the win in relief, working the final 1.2 innings with one hit and three strikeouts. He entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the eighth and kept Missouri off the board with a strikeout and a ground ball out to keep the Rebels within one run of the Tigers.
Keaton Steele (0-3) took the loss as the Missouri reliever entered the game in the eighth and allowed six runs on six hits with a walk. Steele recorded two outs in the eighth before being replaced on the mound by Breckin Williams for the final out of the inning.
"There are certain times in the game when you think there are momentum shifts," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "With bases loaded and one out, Wyatt (Short) comes in and gets a strikeout and ground ball, and we were able to keep the difference at one. It makes it so much harder, when the visiting has to get six outs. Then, of course, (Will) Jamison leads off with a big single. That was a huge inning for us."
Missouri took the early lead with a single run in the first when Eric Anderson scored on a groundout to second from Kendall Keeton. Anderson doubled to open the game and moved to third on a sac bunt before coming home on the ground ball from Keeton that put the Tigers up 1-0.
Ole Miss answered with a single run in the fourth on a Will Allen single through the right side that scored Braxton Lee. Lee reached on a fielder's choice before a groundout from Austin Anderson moved him into scoring position for the Allen hit.
The Tigers moved back in front in the fifth when Logan Pearson scored from first on a double to left from Steele and a fielding error on the play allowed him to advance home instead of holding up at third. A single unearned run in the top of the seventh on a sac fly from Ryan Howard then took the Tiger lead out to 3-1.
Ole Miss cut the lead to one with an answering run in the home half of the seventh on a sac fly to left from Holt Perdzock that scored Anderson and the Rebels sat poised for the comeback heading into the eighth.
Short held the Tigers in check and allowed the Rebels to escape the jam in the top of the eighth. Ole Miss then came to the plate in the bottom of the inning and went to work.
Bousfield then drove a ball back up the middle that was snagged by Josh Lester behind the base at second, but Bousfield beat the throw to first and reached safely. The Rebels tied the game on the play as Dishon went hard from second on contact, rounding third and racing home as Missouri appeared to lose track of the speedy Rebel trying to make the play at first on Bousfield.
The rally continued when Lee was hit by a pitch before Anderson put the Rebels in front with an RBI single to right that scored Bousfield. A fielding error on the play allowed Lee to go from first to third and Anderson to take second.
Missouri intentionally walked Allen in the next at bat to load the bases and bring Sikes Orvis to the plate.
The Rebels broke things open from there with an RBI single from Orvis and a two-RBI single from Dalton Dulin that took the lead out to 7-3. A fly out on the next batter put two outs on the board and Missouri turned to the bullpen again for right-hander Breckin Williams.
Dishon came to the plate in the next at bat and lay down a bunt that hit in the dirt down the first base line just shy of the grass and rolled back toward the plate before stopping fair as Orvis slid safely into home on the play to take the lead out to 8-3.
Missouri then got out of the inning with a ground out, but the Rebels held the five-run advantage.
Short returned to the mound in the ninth and kept the Tigers off the board as Ole Miss picked up the series sweep - the only team in the league to grab a series sweep on the weekend.
The Rebels return to action Tuesday night, traveling to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Trustmark Park. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. in the annual neutral-site game between the two teams. Ole Miss will then continue to play on the road with an SEC series at Alabama over the weekend.
Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more
By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more
Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more
It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
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