Saturday Night Setback

HOUSTON, Texas – Freshmen played a big role for the Rebels on Saturday night as Will Allen hit a home run in his first start and Preston Overbey went 2-for-4 at the plate, but a big sixth inning for the Cougars gave Ole Miss (6-1) its first loss of the season at Houston (5-1) by a score of 8-2.

Allen and Overbey scored the Rebels' two runs on the night.

David Goforth (0-1) suffered the loss as he worked 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Goforth left the game with two men on and no outs in the sixth with the Rebels holding to a 2-1 lead.

Matt Creel (2-0) picked up the win in relief for Houston, working 4.0 innings in relief and holding the Rebels scoreless and with only three hits, striking out four and walking only one.

"It's tough to produce runs when part of your lineup is in a bit of a lull," Bianco said. "That's going to happen to you, but when it does you have to help yourself by pitching a little bit better and playing defense a little bit better. Other parts of the lineup have to produce for you like the bottom of our lineup was able to do last night.

"The bottom line is at the end of the day, Houston played better than we did in all three phases of the game today," Bianco said.

David Goforth
Courtesy: Bruce Newman
Houston struck first on Saturday night, pushing a run across the plate when M.P. Cokinos came up with a double to left with two outs and men at the corners. Chase Jensen, the lead runner, scored on the hit to give the Cougars a run, but the Rebels got out of the inning as Caleb Ramsey tried to score from first and was thrown out at the plate by Overbey, relaying the ball in from Tanner Mathis in left.

Will Allen tied things for the Rebels in the third inning, crushing a ball over the left field fence to get the Rebels on the board.

Ole Miss moved into the lead in the fourth inning when Jordan King came up with a two-out RBI single that scored Preston Overbey from second. Overbey doubled in the previous at bat to get into scoring position for the King single.

Houston answered in the sixth inning, mounting a rally with a single from Cokinos and a walk of Cody Morehouse that sent the Rebels to the bullpen for Trent Rothlin. A walk of the next batter loaded the bases before a hit by pitch and another walk pushed two runs across the plate and gave Houston the 3-2 lead. Ole Miss then again turned to the bullpen, calling on left-hander Matt Tracy.

With the bases loaded, Tracy coaxed a grounder to third from Landon Appling and the Rebels erased John Cannon from the base path at second. A throwing error as the Rebels tried to turn a double play allowed a second run to score - and Appling to advance to second - as Houston took a 5-2 lead. Tracy then got the Rebels out of the inning with a strikeout in the next at bat, but the home team had rallied for the three run lead.

A two-RBI triple from Cokinos in the bottom of the seventh pushed the Cougar lead out to five runs. A triple from Morehouse in the next at bat pushed the lead to 8-2 for the home team before the Rebels could get out of the inning.

The Rebels and Cougars will battle it out for the series win at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Cougar Field.

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