RALEIGH, N.C. – Missed opportunities were the difference on Sunday as No. 23 Ole Miss (38-24) fell to William & Mary (39-23) by a score of 4-1 in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional hosted by N.C. State University.
With the loss, the Rebels end the 2013 season at the NCAA Regional after advancing to the post season for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons and 18th time in program history.
Sam Smith (3-1) took his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on seven hits with no walks or strikeouts.
Brett Koehler (7-5) picked up the win, working a complete-game and allowing the one unearned run on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
“Those were two good teams out there today, and William & Mary played better,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “They got all of the big hits today – especially the middle of their lineup. We didn’t get enough opportunities and when we did, we didn’t get the big hit. They did more with their few opportunities.
“It’s disappointing when it ends,” Bianco said. “We had four great seniors this year, including the one sitting next to me (Tanner Mathis). He got off to a tough start to the season, but really played well down the stretch. Andrew Mistone did the same for us. Brett Huber finished the season as the all-time saves leader at Ole Miss, while Tanner Bailey pitched well for us all year, including yesterday’s game here at the Regonal.”
William & Mary struck first on Sunday, using a pair of two-out doubles from Michael Katz and Ryan Lindemuth to push a run home and take the early lead on the Rebels. Ole Miss got out of the inning with a fly out in the next at bat, but the Tribe held the one-run lead after the first.
Ole Miss tied things up in the fourth, loading the bases with a single, a walk and a throwing error on a sac bunt before Austin Anderson would score on a double play ball to short from Preston Overbey. The Rebels got nothing else in the inning, as Will Jamison hit a fly ball to right that dropped in at the warning track to end the inning a batter later.
The Tribe answered immediately in the bottom half of the inning, using a hit batter and a single to right to put two men on. A sac bunt moved both runners into scoring position for Jackson Shaver, who singled up the middle to drive in both runners for the 3-1 lead.
A leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth sent the Rebels to the bullpen for left-hander Jeremy Massie.
The next batter singled through the left side, bringing the runner home and William & Mary took the 4-1 lead on the Rebels. Massie then got a strikeout and a double play ball to limit the inning and send things to the seventh.
Neither team would score down the stretch as the Tribe held on for the 4-1 win, keeping the Rebels off the board in the final three frames.
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