HOOVER, Ala. - It was the story of DJ Baxendale's season.
Baxendale allowed just one run on four hits in six innings of work, but No. 25 Arkansas was unable to score a run against Ole Miss and the Rebels defeated the Razorbacks 2-0 Wednesday at Regions Park. With the loss, Arkansas (39-19) became the first team eliminated from the Southeastern Conference Tournament this season.
Ole Miss scored its only run off of Baxendale in the fourth inning. Zach Kirksey led-off the inning with a triple that Matt Vinson was unable to field in right-center field. The ball carried past Vinson's glove and he hit the wall and Kirksey was able to reach third.
Two batters later, Sikes Orvis grounded out and Kirksey scored on the play to give Ole Miss a 1-0 lead. Brian Anderson then dropped a ball in left field, but Baxendale worked his way out of the jam with a strikeout.
Baxendale (7-4) got out of two bases loaded jams without allowing a run as well, but Arkansas was unable to provide any run support for the junior right-hander.
Ole Miss (35-23) scored its final run on Colby Suggs, who tossed two innings in relief of Baxendale. Tanner Mathis scored on a sacrifice fly from Kirksey with the bases loaded. Suggs induced Auston Bousfield's double-play to prevent any more runs from scoring.
Mike Mayers picked up his fifth win of the season by tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out eight Arkansas hitters. Brett Huber took over in the eighth and recorded his 10th save of the season by striking out three batters and completing the shutout. Huber earned his 26th career save, which tied him for the most in Ole Miss history.
After being eliminated from the SEC Tournament, Arkansas awaits its NCAA Tournament seeding which will be announced Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.
Ole Miss 2, Arkansas 0
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