Sweep Complete

Ole Miss completed the sweep of Wright State Sunday, but it wasn't without a fight from the Raiders. The Rebels closed out the series with a 6-5 win.

"You've got to really tip your hat to Wright State," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "They're good, especially offensively. They're going to win a lot of baseball games. They continue to put pressure on you."

As was the case in a 5-4 Rebel victory in 10 innings Saturday, the Raiders made a run late on Sunday.

"Once again we give up a big inning late in the game and kind of squander a lead," Bianco said. "But you have to tip your hat to Brett Huber. He showed why last year he was an All-American and a guy you can count on late."

Huber, who struggled late Saturday in relief and gave way to Jake Morgan to finish things up, came in on Sunday when things were headed south and righted the ship. The Rebels led 6-2 and R.J. Hively started the eighth. But WSU got three runs during the frame, and Huber was called upon at that point.

"I told myself before I went out there today to really pound the zone early and throw strikes," said Huber, who went 1.2 innings with two strikeouts and no runs, hits, or walks. "I let my emotions get the best of me at times, so I just went out there composed to get a win for my team."

Bianco said it was good to see Huber, who got his first save of the season after claiming 12 of them in 2010, have a solid ending to Sunday's game.

"I had no doubt he could do it," he said. "We knew we weren't going to pitch (Jake) Morgan again today after his long stint yesterday. We told Huber (before the game) he would come in if the game was in jeopardy."

Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI single by Alex Yarbrough, scoring Blake Newalu after the Rebel shortstop reached on a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Tanner Mathis.

Austin Wright
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After Wright State tied it in the top of the fourth, the Rebels went back out in front 2-1 on a RBI single by Preston Overbey in the bottom of the fourth, scoring Miles Hamblin who had singled and stolen second.

After a scoreless fifth, Rebel starter Austin Wright was lifted. He allowed one run on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

"I thought Austin was terrific," Bianco said. "Not super sharp. He's never pitched in this type of atmosphere and with this type of expectation on him. Wasn't his best day or best stuff. He was 90-93 the whole time, but his slider was inconsistent. But he threw some good ones, and his changeup was solid most of the day."

The Raiders tied the game 2-2 in the sixth when Rebel reliever Trent Rothlin, who ultimately got the win, ran into some trouble. The bases were loaded with one out, but then two ground outs to Yarbrough only produced one WSU run.

Ole Miss retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Wright State starter Michael Woytek was pulled with Rebs on second and third with an out. His replacement, Jordan Marker, immediately gave up a two RBI single to Miles Hamblin to score Matt Snyder and Matt Tracy.

But the damage wasn't over in the inning. After Preston Overbey flew out, Blake Newalu singled, followed by a Tanner Mathis double to score Newalu and Hamblin.

Newalu finished 3-for-4 on the day.

It was 6-2 Ole Miss and stayed that way until the eighth. Rothlin pitched through the seventh, and R.J. Hively came in to start the eighth. Three WSU runs later and Hively departed. That's when Huber came in with one out and a Raider on first. Huber managed no more damage.

Bianco was pleased with his team's start this weekend, but he also knew the competition was more than worthy. The Raiders, who had practiced outside just once before arriving in Oxford, are picked to win the Horizon League, which they won last season.

"Credit them," Bianco said of Wright State, which won two of three games in Oxford against the Rebels in 2007. "We got outhit two of the three games (this weekend). They're very good offensively."

Ole Miss hosts Memphis Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Arkansas State Wednesday at 3 p.m. Matt Tracy will get the Tuesday start on the mound, while Hively will start on Wednesday.

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