Extra-Inning Comeback

Austin Anderson tried to bunt a couple of his teammates over from first and second. And when that didn't work, he swung his bat for a RBI single into the outfield and an 8-7 Ole Miss win in 11 innings against Saint Louis.

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"It found a hole, and it was good to see it drop and get a walkoff victory," said Anderson.

It was his only hit of the game.

To start the bottom of the 11th inning, Tanner Mathis singled to get something started with the game tied 7-7. Auston Bousfield bunted and the pitcher, Josh Moore, went to second base. But the shortstop on the play, Alec Sole, was pulled off the bag by the throw from the pitcher. And that meant there were Rebels on first and second with no outs.

Up came Anderson and the game-winning hit.

"Just an amazing game," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco after his team improved to 32-14 on the season.

The Billikens got to Josh Laxer early and often. The Rebel sophomore right-hander didn't even make it out of the first inning, and the visitors led 4-0 when he departed.

"They put together an inning offensively as good as any inning we've faced all year long," Bianco said. "I'm proud of the way (Scott) Weathersby came in and put up a bunch of zeros, kept them at bay and gave us a shot. We got close, and they extended it some more. But we hung in there."

Weathersby was the second of nine pitchers Ole Miss sent into the game. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed no runs on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

The Rebels finally broke through in the third. Will Jamison got things started with a leadoff single, followed by a Tanner Mathis single and two-base error on the Billiken left fielder who misplayed a ball that got past him. Jamison came home on the play for the Rebels' first run of the night.

After Auston Bousfield struck out, Austin Anderson flew out and Mathis came home to cut the SLU lead to 4-2. That was all the Rebels would get in the third.

Rebels score a run
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In the sixth, Turner singled and reached second on a wild pitch. Mistone grounded out and Turner moved to third. SLU changed pitchers, replacing starter Joe Powell with Matt Eckelman, and Perdzock grounded out to but Turner home to make it 4-3.

The Billikens added two runs in the eighth inning for a 6-3 lead. Ole Miss added two of its own in the bottom of the eighth.

Turner doubled with one out. SLU went to the bullpen again. Mistone immediately singled to put runners at the corners. Holt Perdzock got a run in on a sac fly to left. Sikes Orvis singled and that put runners on first and second with two outs.

Preston Overbey singled and got a run home, but pinch runner Lance Wilson tripped heading home just feet before home plate as the Billikens had thrown the ball away and he was poised to score. Wilson was tagged out by the catcher a foot shy of home plate, lying face first on the ground. The Rebels were down a run at 6-5 and were down to one final inning.

In the top of the ninth, Matt Denny walked the first two batters and left the game. Aaron Greenwood came in and a bunt by SLU loaded the bases. Greenwood walked the next Billiken for another run to make it 7-5.

But Bousfield to Turner to Jake Overbey for a double play to keep bases loaded and end the top of the ninth gave the Rebels a chance. Jamison drew a lead-off walk to open the home half of the ninth before a one-out single from

Bousfield and a walk of Anderson loaded the bases. Turner then came up with his fourth hit of the night, a two-RBI single up the middle to tie the game at seven. The Billikens would then get out of the inning with a play at home and a strikeout to send the game to extra frames.

Brett Huber pitched the 10th and Tanner Bailey the 11th.

That set things up for the dramatic ending. Bailey got the win to move to 4-1.

"Tremendous effort by the bullpen," said Turner, who was 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. "We had to chip away. You can't get it all back in one inning."

But the last inning belonged to the Rebels.

Ole Miss now heads to Auburn for the weekend Southeastern Conference series.

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