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Ole Miss Takes Game One from Southeastern Louisiana


Wyatt Short hadn’t seen much action lately after some pretty good early outings. With Ole Miss clinging to a one-run lead, Mike Bianco stuck with the freshman lefty in a 2-1 win against Southeastern Louisiana.
“Short was in the bullpen and he’s going to throw the ninth,” said Bianco after his team improved to 15-2. “But we brought him in (in the eighth and one out) with two of their best left-handed hitters coming up. If he’s the guy that’s going to finish, you might as well run him out there against the left-handers.”
So Bianco did and Short got two groundouts to get the Rebels out of the eighth.
He had entered for Josh Laxer who started the eighth, relieving Aaron Greenwood who pitched the seventh. But Laxer gave up a basehit and a walk and Bianco made the change.
“I thought he did a terrific job,” Bianco said of Short. “Wyatt just hung in there and made some good pitches.”
In the SLU ninth, the Lions got a single, then hit into a double play, and it looked as if Short was about to get out of it. But four straight balls later and the Lions had another runner. He then struck out Brooks Morse to end the game.
After the Lions scratched out a run in the bottom of the third for a 1-0 lead, Ole Miss had an excellent opportunity to take a lead in the top of the fourth. But the Rebels only got one run.
Austin Anderson reached on a hit by pitch, followed by singles from Will Allen and Sikes Orvis to lead the bases. Preston Overbey’s single got Anderson home to tie things. But Brantley Bell hit into a 5-2 play that got Allen out at the plate. Austin Knight then hit into a double play to keep things at 1-1.
Ole Miss had another opportunity in the fifth after Errol Robinson doubled to lead things off. But he only got to third base as Braxton Lee moved him over but Auston Bousfield grounded out. Anderson then struck out to keep things tied.
But it was the sixth inning that provided the winning run for the Rebels as Orvis sent one deep into the night, a shot just inside the right field foul pole for a 2-1 UM lead.
Aaron Greenwood replaced Massie to start the Lion seventh. Massie had a more than solid night allowing one run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
SLU got something going in the bottom of the eighth. Laxer started the inning in place of Greenwood, who just worked the seventh. But after the two Lions reached, that’s when Laxer gave way to Short, who ended the threat.
Ole Miss outhit SLU 10-6.
Freshman left-hander Evan Anderson will get the start Wednesday for the Rebels in the 4 p.m. game.

–Jeff Roberson, OMSpirit.com

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