PEARL, Miss. – The Rebels managed a pair of rallies to stay alive down the stretch, but couldn’t muster a third one as Ole Miss (20-14) fell to No. 20 Southern Miss (24-8) by a score of 8-6 in 12 innings at Trustmark Park on Tuesday night.
Ole Miss put together a pair of rallies, one in the ninth to send the game into extra innings and one in the 11th to stay alive, but couldn’t overcome a two-RBI single from Michael Doleac in the 12th that handed the Rebels the loss.
R.J. Hively (0-1) suffered the loss in relief as he allowed three runs on three hits with three walks in 1.0 inning of work. Hively entered the game in the 11th and came out to face the first batter in the 12th inning before the Rebels turned to Blair Wright.
Ole Miss used seven pitchers on the night, scattering six over the final 9.0 innings.
Collin Cargill (4-2) picked up the win for Southern Miss as he allowed two unearned runs on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. He worked the final 3.2 innings of play.
“That was a tough one,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We competed hard, but there are no moral victories. We had opportunities, fought hard and got right there, but we couldn’t get that last hit.”
Southern Miss got on the board first, using a fielding error at first to start a two-out rally that pushed three runs across the plate. After two quick strikeouts to open the game, a pair of walks put two men on before the fielding error at first allowed the lead runner to score and put men at the corners. A chopper up the middle and a bloop single to right scored two more runs before the Rebels got out of the inning down 3-0.
Ole Miss then chipped away at the lead, pushing runs across in the fourth and fifth to pull within one at 3-2.
Southern Miss went back up by two with a run in the seventh inning before the Rebels responded with a single run in the eighth and the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Taylor Hightower sparked both rallies for the Rebels, reaching in the ninth when he was hit by a pitch before scoring two batters later on a single from Overbey. He opened the 11th inning with a walk before taking second on a passed ball and scoring on a double from Austin Anderson.
After sending things into extra innings, Southern Miss plated two runs in the top of the 11th on a single up the middle from Mark Ellis with the bases loaded, giving the Golden Eagles the 6-4 lead.
Hightower then sparked the Rebels second rally of the night with his walk before scoring on the Anderson hit. Anderson then took third on a groundout to second from Tanner Mathis before a fielding error at short allowed him to score the tying run and send things into the 12th.
The Rebels again found themselves in a jam in the 12th when Southern Miss loaded the bases for the second straight inning. With two outs on the board, Doleac delivered a single through the left side that scored two runs and gave the Golden Eagles the win as Ole Miss couldn’t muster a third rally on the night.
Ole Miss will now return home to host Kentucky in a three-game series at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Friday’s series opener is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s game will start at 4 p.m. following the Grove Bowl, while the series finale is set for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Ole Miss meets Mississippi State on the hardwood the for 250th time Wednesday, which makes it the most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference. Like the rivalry in football, where the road team last won in 2010, the home team has... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more
Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more
Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more
Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more
Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more
After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more
Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more
The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more
Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more