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Rebels, Thornberry Win FAU Slomin Autism Invite

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.

Freshman Braden Thornberry fired a final round 2-under 69 Sunday to earn co-medalist honors and help lead the Ole Miss men’s golf team to its first victory of the season at the FAU Slomin Autism Invite.

The Rebels posted a final round score of 3-under par 283 to bring their three-round total to 11-under 841 at the 6,876-yard Fountains Country Club North Course. It was their lowest total since posting a team score of 845 at the 2012 Sam Hall Intercollegiate. The tournament score was highlighted by a 7-under 277 in the second round, which was Ole Miss’ lowest round of the season. The Rebels bested second-place UConn by 11 strokes for their first team title since the 2012 Cabo Querencia Collegiate.

“I’m very proud of the guys for getting the victory this week,” said Rebel head coach Chris Malloy. “It was really a team effort as each of them really stepped up at critical moments and hit some big time golf shots. Hopefully they can take this momentum into our final few tournaments. This is a special one for me personally with it being our first team win at my alma mater. I won’t ever forget this one.”

Thornberry tallied a 2-under par 69 in the final round en route to an 8-under 205 to capture his first title of his career. His previous best finish came at the Seminole Intercollegiate two weeks ago, where he finished tied for fourth place. Thornberry tied for the individual title with Patrick Flavin of Miami Ohio and Manuel Elvira of Central Florida.

“Braden is playing some great golf right now,” said Malloy. “He has been close to winning the last couple of tournaments so it’s great to see him break through. This should be the first of many for him.”

Two Rebels also earned their first top-10 finishes of the season. as junior Noah West posted a three-day score score of 3-under par 210 to finish in a tie for ninth and senior Forrest Gamble finished in a tie for 10th with a 2-under 211. West, a Tupelo, Mississippi native birdied the 18th hole to slide into ninth place, while Gamble turned in a 1-under par 70 Sunday to lock in his top-10 finish. Fellow senior Connor Davis matched his season-low round of 18 score with a 1-under par 71 Sunday and finished tied for 26th. Junior Ben Wolcott carded his best round of the tournament on the final day at 1-over 73 and finished in 88th place.

Next up, the Rebels will compete next at the Old Waverly Invitational in West Point, Mississippi April 4-5. For all Ole Miss Men’s golf news and information, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissMGolf, on Instagram at OleMissMGolf and on Facebook at facebook.com/OleMissMGolf. Fans can also follow head coach Chris Malloy on Twitter at @CoachMalloy12.

 Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

No. 10 South Carolina defeats No. 6 Ole Miss 4-0 to complete series sweep

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Head coach Mike Bianco felt his No. 6 Ole Miss team needed to be balanced equally on offense and defense to give themselves a chance against a South Carolina team that hadn’t lost a game since March 6 at Clemson.

But little seemed to go the Rebels way Saturday afternoon, and the Gamecocks (23-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) got off to another solid start and swept Ole Miss in front of the 10,184 fans at Swayze Field. The win was South Carolina’s 13th-consecutive.

The Rebels couldn’t find any rhythm on offense, and starting pitcher Andy Pagnozzi had a rough outing in the top of the first, allowing South Carolina to score three quick runs. Gene Cone scored off John Jones’ ground out to first base. Dom Thompson-Williams single down the right field line led to Alex Destino’s run across the dish. Jonah Bride, then, singled to second base which led to Thompson-Williams’ unearned score and before Ole Miss could get an opportunity at bat, it was looking at a 3-0 deficit on the scoreboard.

In the past, the Rebels (20-5, 2-4) have outscored their opponents in the first inning, 31-8. But in the third game between two top 25 programs, the Gamecocks were the group who struck first and never looked back. South Carolina sealed the win in the bottom of the fifth off of Bride’s single to second base, which led to Thompson-Williams’ unearned score. Adam Hill (5-0) pitched six innings, giving up only four hits with a 1.57 ERA.

Courtesy of Courtney Smith and the Rebel Walk.com

Rebels Drop 4-3 Match at No. 21 Arkansas

Photo courtesy of Robert Jordan / Ole Miss Communications
Photo courtesy of Robert Jordan / Ole Miss Communications

The Ole Miss men’s tennis team won the doubles point for the 10th time this year, but could not hold the momentum in singles, falling 4-3 at No. 21 Arkansas Sunday at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.

The Rebels gained the early momentum as Grey Hamilton and Fabian Fallert won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles and then Gustav Hansson and Stefan Lindmark clinched the point with a 7-5 win at No. 3.

Despite a big win from Hansson in his first ever match at No. 1 singles, and another win from Hamilton at No. 5 singles, it would not be enough.

Arkansas took away the early momentum from the Rebels by winning five first sets in singles. They tied the match with a win at No. 6 singles and then took the lead for good with a straight-set victory on court four.

The Razorbacks increased their lead to 3-1 with a straight set win on court two and then closed out the match in three sets on court three. Both those matches could have gone either way, as Lindmark held a 5-3 lead in the first set tiebreaker and Filip Kraljevic had several chances to break in his first set.

• Ole Miss dropped to 7-7 overall, 2-5 in the SEC.
• The loss snapped a 28-match win streak in the series for the Rebels, who had not lost to the Razorbacks since 1988.
• Gustav Hansson earned his biggest win as a Rebel, knocking off No. 30 ranked Mike Redlicki in his first SEC match at No. 1 singles.
• Hansson improved to 18-8 overall, 10-4 in dual matches. He is now 5-2 in the SEC.
• Grey Hamilton improved to 5-2 at No. 5 singles and 5-2 in the SEC.
• Ole Miss won the doubles point for the 10th time in 14 matches this year.
• Hamilton and Fabian Fallert improved to 12-4 overall, 10-3 in dual matches and 6-1 in the SEC.
• Hansson and Stefan Lindmark clinched the doubles point for the third time this season and improved to 4-1 in the SEC.

Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson…
“Overall, we played well, competed hard, especially in the doubles. It was a very close match that could have gone either way. Small margins make the difference and we didn’t get the breaks that we needed on a couple of courts. Arkansas is tough to beat at their place and they played well.”

On singles play…
“Big win for Gus, he played really well against one of the top players in the country. Grey did a great job getting the first set and finishing off another win. Stefan had a chance to get the first set and Filip had break point opportunities in his first set. He did a solid job battling back to get to a third set. If we had been able to capitalize on those chances, we could have made it a lot closer in the end and given ourselves a real opportunity to win.”

On returning home and getting over the hump…
“It’s been a tough stretch, but we played much better today than we did in our last two matches. We are looking forward to returning home and playing in front of our fans. We will keep working hard in practice, and I know we will turn it around. We encourage everyone to come out Friday as we battle Mississippi State.”

Up next…
The Rebels return home to host Mississippi State Friday at 5 p.m., followed by Alabama next Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans will enjoy free crawfish at the match on Friday.

For more information on Ole Miss Men’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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