OMAHA, Nebraska – Ole Miss gave herself a chance in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night but lost 3-2 to Arkansas in the College World Series.
Trailing 3-1 with loaded bases and no strikeouts, the Rebels only managed one run and the victory went to the Razorbacks.
The Rebels and Razorbacks play again Thursday at 3:00 p.m., with the winner going on to face Oklahoma in the College World Series Finals starting on Saturday.
There were not many points in the competition, but it was the long ball that was the focus at the beginning of the innings.
Chris Lanzilli led the second inning for Arkansas, hitting a solo home run off the Rebel left-hander. John Gaddis to the left field, which reached the top of the wall and barely above it. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld. Arkansas led 1-0.
Kemp Alderman At the end of the second, he hit a solo home run in the Rebel bullpen off Arkansas, starter Hagen Smith’s left-hander tied the game at 1–1.
Gaddis went through the third inning unscathed, starting with a beautiful play by Gonzalez on a throw to first base to get Lazilli, which was considered but confirmed. Ground and strike out later and the game continued.
Alderman led in the bottom of fourth with a single left. But three outs of battering rebels in a row, and he found himself in a quandary at first.
Razorback Brady Slavens led in the fifth inning, hitting a home run to center field to give Arkansas a 2–1 lead. Even with a single outing by Braydon Webb, Gaddis was able to hold off the rebels for just one run.
right-handed Jack Washburn relieved, Gaddis started sixth. A two-out walk that did no damage was Washburn’s only shortcoming in the half.
Arkansas also brought in a new pitcher in the sixth, another lefty, Evan Taylor. He proved to be as effective as Smith through two batters. But Peyton Reel the one on the left got something for the rebels. However, the strikeout from Dunhurst ended in sixth with the Razorbacks still leading 2–1.
After a double early in the eighth round from Caden Wallace was reviewed and confirmed as a valid challenge, Jack Dougherty came for Washburn. BUT Michael Turner An RBI single brought Wallace home and the Hoggs were up 3-1. After the bases were loaded with one strikeout, Dougherty had Slavens and Kendall Diggs hit.
At the start of the ninth round, Dougherty’s out, strikeout, and punch gave the rebel attack another chance at the end of the ninth. And they almost made it.
Alderman sent one to the right for a single to start the Ole Miss in the ninth. Arkansas immediately went to the bullpen for help. Right-hander Brady Tygart took the field, and two batters through the bases were loaded. Tygart was selected to replace Zach Morris, a starter in the Arkansas’ 13–5 loss to Ole Miss two days earlier.
This time, Morris succeeded. He received Hayden Leatherwood strike out and TJ McCants fly out. The bench scored against Alderman from the third. But Jacob Gonzalez fly out to the left the game is over.
Thursday’s win-or-go-home game will air on ESPN2. The call can be heard over the Ole Miss radio network.
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