OXFORD, Miss. –Austin Wright struck out a career-high 10 batters and held the Bulldog offense in check, while the Rebels exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits as Ole Miss (28-23, 12-15 SEC) defeated Mississippi State (32-19, 13-14 SEC) by a score of 12-3 in the series finale on Saturday.
Alex Yarbrough went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and an RBI, while Matt Snyder was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI to help pace the Rebel offense in the win.
Wright (5-4) picked up the win as he worked 6.1 innings and held the Bulldogs to two runs on four hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
Chris Stratton (5-6) suffered the loss for Mississippi State as he allowed six runs – three earned – on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 0.2 innings of work.
“We played well today,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “I’m proud of the way we came out tonight. The past two days have been hard. I feel like we gave the first game away and then Friday night they beat us in every aspect of the game. We came out tonight with a lot of balance and life, which tends to happen when your backs are against the wall.
“We should always play like that, anytime we put on these uniforms and represent our university, we should play hard,” Bianco said. “It all started on the mound tonight with a great performance by Austin Wright. He was very sharp in a must win kind of situation.”
The Rebels broke things open in the first inning and never trailed as Ole Miss took a 6-0 lead on the Bulldogs right out of the gate. The Rebels loaded the bases with one out before the scoring started with a two-RBI single from Matt Tracy. Will Allen then drove in another run with a single before a fielding error at first on a grounder from Austin Anderson put Allen and Anderson in scoring position. Blake Newalu then delivered a two-out single to drive in both freshman and give Ole Miss the six run advantage.
Ole Miss added a seventh run in the fourth inning when Yarbrough scored on a double from Snyder before Mississippi State would get on the board in the fifth with a solo home run from Jonathan Ogden.
A double from Miles Hamblin with two out started another rally as a Yarbrough single drove in the senior catcher. Snyder then hit a two-run shot to right field to push the lead out to 10-1 in favor of the Rebels.
Mississippi State got two runs back in the top of the seventh, but the Rebels took the lead back out to nine runs in the eighth with two more runs of their own for the final score of 12-3.
Ole Miss will play its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday night when the Rebels host Southeast Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. It will be Fan Appreciation Day at Swayze Field, with all fans being admitted to the game free of charge and all parking being free (with the exception of lots A, B and the parking lot reserved for handicapped parking).
Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more
For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships. For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more
ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense. And... read more
After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more
Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more
Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more
Three things from Ole Miss soccer head coach Matt Mott, previewing the season opener against Georgia on Friday night. Rebels Look to Take Next Step Ole Miss made history this past season, not only setting a school record for wins,... read more
The return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and additions of sophomore Fadol Brown and freshman Marquis Haynes have changed the face of the defensive line, but freshman All-American Robert Nkemdiche remains front and center. With a season of experience... read more
The dean of Southeastern Conferences quarterbacks and the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns, senior Bo Wallace is as healthy and confident as ever, and he's also assumed a more vocal leadership role on the... read more
We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, "Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss" from earlier this year: Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more