Matt Crouse (7-4) grabbed the win as he worked 6.1 innings and allowed only one run on the solo shot from Colin Kuhn as one of five hits. He also struck out four while walking two. Morgan then picked up his sixth save of the season, working the final 2.2 innings and holding the Razorbacks scoreless with one hit, a walk and four strikeouts.
Morgan entered the game in the seventh with two men on and got a crucial ground ball double play with the bases loaded to keep Arkansas off the board and preserve the win. Morgan is now 3-0 with six saves in 11 appearances this season.
Both pitchers cruised early, putting zeros on the board through the first 5.5 innings of play as neither team could get an opportunity to push a run across the plate and get on the board.
Colin Kuhn broke up the pitcher's duel in the sixth inning, hitting a ball into the bullpen in left field with one out on the board to give the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead on the Rebels.
Ole Miss answered in the seventh, taking the lead with a pair of runs thanks to a rally started by an infield single deep to the hole at second from Yarbrough. Matt Smith then singled to move Yarbrough to second before a single to right center from Matt Snyder scored Yarbrough and put men at the corners. A sac fly to left from Tracy brought home Smith and the Rebels held the 2-1 lead.
Arkansas threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting men at the corners with one out when the Rebels turned to the bullpen for Jake Morgan. Morgan worked the first batter faced to a full count before issuing a walk to load the bags, but got the next batter to hit into a double play to end the inning with the Rebels still up by one.
Morgan and the Rebels cruised from there, holding the Razorbacks off the board the rest of the way to grab the series opening win and pull Ole Miss into a four-way tie for second in the SEC West with two games left in the season.
Ole Miss and Arkansas will play the second game of the series at 6 p.m. on Friday night in a contest televised by CSS.
Matt Tracy: "This is postseason baseball for us right now. It's a lot of fun when two pitchers go out there and do what they're supposed to do and do a really good job. This was just a huge win for us. We had Snyder who is really swinging the bat lately. And of course Jake was terrific at the end. That guy is unbelievable at the end of the game. He's able to pump the ball into the strike zone no matter the situation. With his shoulder problems and everything, he's still able to fight through and do a great job. He's a legend."
Matt Crouse: "I felt comfortable out there, and the changeup worked really well. I feel like when (Jake) is in the game, it's over. When he comes in, I feel like he'll shut the door. It's a big weekend for us, and we're excited for tomorrow."
Jake Morgan: "I came in in a big situation. I knew we needed a strikeout. I ended up walking him but it ended up not hurting us. After that I just tried to concentrate on filling up the zone. Our infield looks great now, and that big double play was a great play and a big relief on my part. My shoulder felt great. No pain at all really. I took off the entire week from pitching, and tonight I felt amazing."