One Big Inning

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - One big offensive inning for one team was all it took. Memphis scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to defeat Ole Miss 4-0 and sweep the two-game series.

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The Tigers had won game one 4-3 in late February in Oxford.

"They put the big inning together," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, whose team fell to 26-11 on the season. "They got three hits, three walks, and an error in an inning and score four runs. We only get five hits, four of them by (Auston Bousfield). We just couldn't put an inning together."

The top of the fourth was one of those opportunities for Ole Miss. Bousfield, 4-for-4, led off with a single. After Stuart Turner flew out, Preston Overbey got aboard with a single. But a Will Allen 4-6-3 double play ended the Rebel threat, one of the few on the night before an announced crowd of 2,103.

In the bottom of the fourth when they scored all their runs, the Tigers' Zach Willis got on base with a single to first baseman Sikes Orvis as the ball bounced away from the Rebel first baseman. After there was an out, Carter White's RBI double gave Memphis a 1-0 lead.

Tucker Tubbs then walked, and Bianco walked to the mound to visit with freshman Rebel starter Brady Bramlett. Drew Griffin then walked to load the bases. A Keaton Aldridge fly ball to center field got White home to make it 2-0. Colton Simbeck walked to load the bases again.

Bryce Beeler then doubled down the third base line to get two more runs home. With the Tigers up 4-0 freshman Jacob Waguespack, in only his second appearance as a Rebel, came in for Branlett and got a fly ball to right to end the inning.

Waguespack took the Rebels through one out in the sixth when Austin Blunt was called on and went two-thirds of an inning. Jeremy Massie pitched the rest of the way and held the Tigers at bay.

Ole Miss' other big chance came in the eighth inning when the bases were loaded. But Preston Overbey struck out, and the rally was over without a run scored.

Tiger starter Michael Wills, making his fourth appearances in two years against the Rebels, went 7.2 innings and allowed just four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

"The games we've played against him his command has been excellent," Bianco said. "He's just got a good mix of pitches."

Bousfield said the Rebels have to be more productive collectively.

"We just have to get some more at-bats together," he said. "We had a few chances."

Unfortunately for the Rebels, very few.

"But all of us can do more to get the offense rolling," Bousfield said.

Bramlett (4-1) got the loss while Wills (3-2) got the win. Van Eaton got his eighth save of the year for Memphis.

Ole Miss only had the five hits, but Rebel pitching limited the Tigers to just seven hits.

Ole Miss gets a chance to rebound Tuesday night in Pearl when the Rebels play Southern Mississippi at 6:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles are 18-17 this season.

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