FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It was a pitcher’s duel from the start between the Rebels and Razorbacks on Thursday night, and though the Rebels blinked first, it was Ole Miss (30-23, 13-15 SEC) that came out on top with timely hitting in a 2-1 win over Arkansas (34-18, 13-15 SEC) at Baum Stadium.
With a solo home run in the sixth to get Arkansas on the board, the Rebels buckled down to get out of the inning and responded with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before Jake Morgan closed things out down the stretch to give Ole Miss the series opening victory.
Matt Crouse (7-4) grabbed the win as he worked 6.1 innings and allowed only one run on the solo shot from Colin Kuhn as one of five hits. He also struck out four while walking two. Morgan then picked up his sixth save of the season, working the final 2.2 innings and holding the Razorbacks scoreless with one hit, a walk and four strikeouts.
Morgan entered the game in the seventh with two men on and got a crucial ground ball double play with the bases loaded to keep Arkansas off the board and preserve the win. Morgan is now 3-0 with six saves in 11 appearances this season.
“Both pitching staffs were great tonight, especially both starters,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “They matched each other pitch for pitch. Both clubs hit some hard balls right at people, but the pitchers really dominated early. We got some timely hits and a big double play to get out of the seventh inning. There were very few opportunities tonight, we just succeeded on the few we had.”
Both pitchers cruised early, putting zeros on the board through the first 5.5 innings of play as neither team could get an opportunity to push a run across the plate and get on the board.
Colin Kuhn broke up the pitcher’s duel in the sixth inning, hitting a ball into the bullpen in left field with one out on the board to give the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead on the Rebels.
Ole Miss answered in the seventh, taking the lead with a pair of runs thanks to a rally started by an infield single deep to the hole at second from Yarbrough. Matt Smith then singled to move Yarbrough to second before a single to right center from Matt Snyder scored Yarbrough and put men at the corners. A sac fly to left from Tracy brought home Smith and the Rebels held the 2-1 lead.
Arkansas threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting men at the corners with one out when the Rebels turned to the bullpen for Jake Morgan. Morgan worked the first batter faced to a full count before issuing a walk to load the bags, but got the next batter to hit into a double play to end the inning with the Rebels still up by one.
Morgan and the Rebels cruised from there, holding the Razorbacks off the board the rest of the way to grab the series opening win and pull Ole Miss into a four-way tie for second in the SEC West with two games left in the season.
Ole Miss and Arkansas will play the second game of the series at 6 p.m. on Friday night in a contest televised by CSS.
The Ole Miss Volleyball team remained undefeated at 14-0 and matched last year's win total with a 4-0 weekend at the Rebel Classic capped by wins over Lamar (3-0) and Jackson State (3-1) Saturday. The last three sets against Jackson... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 4 - ULL (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 2 and The Season: Ole Miss... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' open date and return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 against Memphis.Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:50:18 mark. For the... read more
NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., visited Ole Miss on Wednesday. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native spoke to various student groups, including the football team. Stenhouse Jr. presented head coach Hugh Freeze with a firesuit, and Freeze presented him with an... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 8-14, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss captured the Magnolia Invitational this past weekend to improve to 10-0, its best start in school history.- The Rebels downed UAB and Mercer 3-0 and then defeated Jacksonville State 3-1... read more
After a 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Sunday. Despite breaking into the top 10, the Rebels remain fifth among Southeastern Conference Western Division... read more
This is the third installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more
Leading 1-0 after controlling the play for much of the game, Ole Miss opened up a 3-0 lead on Middle Tennessee with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half on the way to a 4-0... read more
Senior cornerback Senquez Golson has come a long way since he was a freshman. That season, he was most notably on the receiving end of a highlight reel juke from Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Three years later, as part... read more
Three areas to watch as Ole Miss faces Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener Saturday. Wearing the Bull's-Eye After a 2-0 start with wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt, Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll,... read more
With a chance to make history, Ole Miss dropped a first set for the first time this season. The Rebels answered the bell winning the next three sets to defeat Jacksonville State 3-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season,... read more
Rebel Nation goes into its home opener Saturday excited for the return of football at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but also saddened by the loss of one of its most renowned voices.Stan Sandroni, 64, passed away of a heart attack late Wednesday.... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' home opener Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network.Freeze's time... read more