Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ole Miss Baseball Takes Game One over UALR

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Ole Miss defeated the Arkansas Little-Rock Trojans in extra innings to win by the score of 2-1.
Ole Miss (12-2) won their fifth game this season in walk-off fashion.  This time the win came off the bat of freshman Brantley Bell.
Bell stepped to the plate with a 0-2 count looking to make something happen.
“I read the scouting report and saw that he threw the ball 90-95 mph,” Bell said.  “Luckily I knew something hard was coming. I threw my hands through the ball and something good happened.”
The Rebels and the Trojan pitchers battled one another pitch for pitch.  Neither team allowed a run in the first six innings.
Ole Miss starter, Chris Ellis, worked a total of 5.2 innings pitched, giving up two hits and not allowing any runs. Ellis struck out seven Trojan batters and allowed a total of four walks.
With four starts under his belt, Ellis did not give up a run.
Coach Bianco called on the arms of Matt Denny and Josh Laxer to come in and pitch in relief for Ellis.
The Rebels loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning. This was all started by a single by Austin Anderson, followed by a single to third by Auston Bousfield. Will Allen reached first base by an error on the shortstop to load the bases. Preston Overbey then flew out deep to the shortstop to end the frame for Ole Miss.
Arkansas Little-Rock scored the first run of the game in the seventh inning, when Mitchell Scheuler led the frame off with a single. Back-to-back groundouts advanced Scheuler to third base. Ben Crumpton then reached first base on an error by the shortstop allowing Scheuler to come home.
The Trojans starter, Travis McDonald, went 6.1 innings allowing only three hits on no runs scored. McDonald struck out six batters and only walked two.
Holt Perdzock singled to left to start the bottom of the ninth. Overbey laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Cameron Dishon to second. Brantley Bell singled to left and moved to second on the throw home. Dishon was tagged out at the plate. Henri Lartigue reached first on an error by center fielder. Bell tied the game up on the play. Will Jamison went to first base on a walk.  Braxton Lee grounded out to second to end the Ole Miss ninth.
Laxer pitched four complete innings allowing one run off of a hit.   He struck out seven Trojan batters and picked up the win.
Coach Mike Bianco discussed after the game the performance of Josh Laxer on the mound.
“He did tremendous. It was just lights out and he really gave us a spark,” Bianco said.
Anderson doubled to the wall in right field to lead off the Rebels’ tenth inning. Bousfield followed by laying down a sacrifice bunt advancing Anderson to third. Arkansas Little-Rock intentionally walked Allen. Dalton Dulin got hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases. Overbey flew out to right field for the second out. Bell hit a walk-off single bringing Anderson home from third that gave the Rebels the win.
Game two of this series will be Saturday afternoon at 4:00p.m.
–Adam Brown, Sports Editor of HottyToddy.com

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