By Emily Cochran
One win away from the Mens College World Series championship trophy, the Rebs are on fire. Call the fire department, the Rebs are absolutely scorching the earth in Omaha, and all the Sooners can do is fan the flames.
Ole Miss had 16 hits in last night’s game, four of which were home runs. Oklahoma was rattled from the jump when the Rebs got up early and kept their 4-0 lead into the 6th. Jack Dougherty had a magnificent start on the bump and carried the Rebs pretty deep into the game, recording six strikeouts on the night before Mason Nichols took over in the 6th.
The Sooners had a glimmer of hope when they loaded the bases and scored two in the bottom of the sixth. Nichols stopped the Sooners in their tracks and sent the Rebel offense back to the plate.
Not only were there four home runs, but also three were-back-to-back to back. Let me lay it out for y’all. Kemp Alderman and Peyton Chatagnier opened the door with consecutive base hits before TJ McCants blew things wide open with his right field bomb in the eighth. Next man up, Calvin Harris, sent one over the center field wall. Then, Justin Bench sent one over the left field gap. It felt like watching the home run derby.
Back-to-back-to back home runs for Ole Miss erupted the showers. Thousands of fans were on their feet cheering, screaming and exchanging high fives.
No Ole Miss fans were strangers last night. The sea of red and blue was louder than I’ve ever heard them, with cheers of Hell Yeah Damn Right and Hotty Toddy roaring through the stadium.
The Rebs made Men’s College World Series history at Charles Schwab and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The last time any team had back-to-back-to-back home runs in the Men’s CWS was when LSU did it in 1998. I can’t believe it folks. This was magic in the making.
Nichols racked up five Sooner strikeouts before handing the ball to Josh Mallitz in the bottom of the eighth. He had two strikeouts of his own and allowed only one run, making it 8-3 Rebs.
The Rebels had a productive ninth, bringing in two more runs, and extending their lead 10-3. In their final at-bat, the Sooners put a couple runners on, but ultimately Mallitz brought the night to a close, recording four strikeouts and securing the W.
Ole Miss heads into tomorrow 1-0, hoping to win the potential final game and take the Men’s College World Series title to Oxford for the first time. The work is not over. See y’all at 2 p.m. The Rebs want it all and they indeed are hot.