A good start generally means success for this Arkansas baseball team, but that wasn't the case Saturday against No. 10 Ole Miss. The Hogs put together six straight hits in the first inning for a 4-0 lead, but the SEC West leading Rebels rallied for a 7-4 baseball victory at Oxford Stadium.
It was the fifth straight SEC victory for Ole Miss, now alone in first in the SEC West with a 15-8 record. The Rebels are 35-13 overall.
Arkansas lost its third straight SEC game to fall to 29-20 overall and 10-13 ahead of the finale of the series at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Chris Oliver pitches for the Hogs, trying to avoid their first SEC sweep in 25 conference series.
The Hogs had won 27 times (out of 31) when scoring first. They staked starter Jalen Beeks to a 4-0 lead in the first when Eric Fisher hit a two-run single through the hole between first and second, with Tyler Spoon and Blake Baxendale following with RBI singles. Bobby Wernes, Andrew Benintendi and Brian Anderson also had hits in the inning.
The Hogs would finish with 12 hits in the game, but did not score again. They had two on twice. Wernes, four for eight in the series, and Fisher joined Benintendi with two hits each for the Hogs. Benintendi was stranded after a two-out triple in the ninth.
Ole Miss lefty starter Christian Trent pitched six innings for the win after surviving a shaky first when his offerings were up in the strike zone. He improved to 7-0. Beeks slipped to 5-4.
The Hogs had to play the final eight innings without catcher Jake Wise, injured on a play at the plate to end the Ole Miss first when he took a knee to the head. Baxendale took over behind the plate.
In the first, Ole Miss scored on an RBI single by Brantley Bell, a Beeks wild pitch and a Sikes Orvis sacrifice fly. Spoon gunned down a runner at the plate to end the first to preserve a 4-3 lead.
The Rebels took charge in the fourth when they put down three bunts to befuddle the Arkansas defense. Orvis hit his SEC leading 12th home run in the fifth to complete the scoring.
Ole Miss 7, Arkansas 4
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