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Rebels Take Game One Over ULM

Photo courtesy of Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics
Photo courtesy of Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics

A late come from behind in a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth helped Ole Miss top Louisiana-Monroe by the score of 5-4.
Ole Miss (7-1) opened tonight’s game in the bottom of the first inning with a lead off walk by Braxton Lee followed by a two-run homerun by Auston Bousfield to left field.
Ole Miss was working with two outs left in the game when the magic happened.
The Rebels pushed across the winning runs in the bottom of the ninth. Will Jamison tied the game at four runs apiece when Dulin hit a ground ball to short. Then Lee hit the ball safely to short to bring home the winning run in the form of Holt Perdzock who was standing on third.
“At the end, it was all of the at-bats starting with (Colby) Bortles, a freshman off the bench,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “He fouls balls off and gets a 3-2 walk and gets to first. Then Holt (Perdzock) has another great at-bat and drops one in. Errol (Robinson) comes up with another great at-bat. He’s at 2-2 and takes a breaking ball in the back.
“Then the speed took over,” Bianco added. “You have Dalton (Dulin), who hits a ball. It looks somewhat like a routine double-play ball. He runs a great 90 (feet) to first and beats it out and we tie the game up. Then Braxton (Lee) at the end, when he chopped that ball, you knew he was going to have a play. He was too good down the base path.”
It did not take Louisiana-Monroe long to answer the Rebels two runs in the first with four runs of their own in the second. Starting with Justin Stawychny who beats out a ground ball to short. Then Kodie Tidwell gets on board by hitting a shallow fly ball to right field while right fielder J.B. Woodman and second baseman Dulin ran into each other trying to catch the ball. Josh Faciane singles to right to plate the Warhawks first run of the game. Two batters later, Dalton Herrington clears the bases with a double to center field.
Ole Miss scored their third run of the game in the bottom of the fourth off of a Woodman score by a throwing error off the catcher.
Jacob Waguespack pitched four innings on the night giving up four runs on four hits. Waguespack struck out two batters.
Coach Mike Bianco used an additional three pitchers in the game for the Rebels: Matt Denny, Tarkington and Wyatt Short. Denny was the only other Ole Miss hurler to give another hit. Wyatt Short picked up his first win in a Rebel uniform.
The Warhawks starting pitcher, Alex Hermeling, pitched tough for six innings against the Rebels only allowing three runs on six hits. Hermeling struck out three Ole Miss batters and also walked an additional three.
The Rebels and Warhawks meet for game two in the series tomorrow at 4 p.m.
–Adam Brown, Sports Editor HottyToddy.com

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