Rally To Win

When a team plays 56 regular season games, wins will come in all kinds of ways.

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Tuesday for the Ole Miss Rebels it was in the form of a comeback rally for a 5-4 victory against visiting Louisiana-Monroe.

It was the bottom of the ninth, with Ole Miss down 4-3, that proved the latest route for a Rebel victory.

Colby Bortles had a one-out walk. Will Jamison came in to pinch run for Bortles. Holt Perdzock then singled to right field, and Errol Robinson reached on a hit by pitch to load the bases.

Dalton Dulin, with speed, then reached on a fielder's choice as Robinson was out at second base. Jamison scored to tie it 4-4.

Braxton Lee reached on a single that scored Perdzock, and Ole Miss had improved to 7-1 on the season.

"All the at-bats (in the ninth), starting with Bortles coming off the bench, were terrific at-bats," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "Bortles fouls balls off and walks. Then Holt gets up and has another great at-bat. Errol had another great at-bat, and then the speed took over.

"Dalton hits a ball and it looks like a double play ball. But he beats it out, and we tie the game. Then Braxton at the end when he chopped the ball, he was just too good down the baseline."

Louisiana-Monroe scored its four runs in the second inning. Other than that, Rebel pitching put up all zeroes.

J.B. Woodman, Dalton Dulin
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Jacob Waguespack, the starter, went four innings. If not for some difficult moments defensively in that second inning, he would have fared better.

"It was a tough inning," Bianco said. "I don't want to take anything away from (Louisiana-Monroe). But it was a bang-bang play to Errol. It was a ball that Dalton didn't get a good jump on and lost in the sun (in right field), and Woodman took a bad step and it drops in. Then a walk and a weak cap shot over Sikes' head. It looks like we're out of it with just one run. He lays an 0-2 pitch right down the middle, and their leadoff guy hits it."

And that was it on the day for Louisiana-Monroe. For the Rebel pitchers, however, it was all good despite the second inning.

"You have to put up some zeroes," Bianco said. And they did. Eight innings of them.

Matt Denny, Preston Tarkington, and Wyatt Short, who got his first win, rounded out the hurlers for Ole Miss.

Perdzock said he sensed a momentum shift after his at-bat in the ninth.

"Definitely," he said. "It started with Colby. Then Errol got hit by a pitch. Dalton had a good at-bat, and Braxton finished it off. As soon as he hit that ball, I knew he was going to be safe."

Left-hander Jeremy Massie will start for the Rebels Wednesday at 4 p.m. against these same Warhawks (4-4).

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