Comeback Complete

Ole Miss fell behind Arkansas by four runs before ever coming to bat. But the Rebels battled back to win 7-4 in Saturday's second game of the weekend series in Oxford. They go for the sweep Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

ScoutTV: Ole Miss Saturday starting pitcher Christian Trent, who moved to 7-0 on the season.

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Ole Miss improved to 35-13 on the season and a Southeastern Conference Western Division leading 15-8 in league play. Second is LSU at 13-9-1, followed by Alabama at 13-10.

Florida leads the overall race at 17-6.

Arkansas fell to 29-20 and 10-13.

Quotes from the Rebels

Will Allen on Christian Trent's first inning where he gave up four runs on six singles: "He did well settling down after the first. I think they had a good gameplan of going after him and swinging. He was making pitches and throwing strikes. It's evident he doesn't walk too many guys. It's baseball and some of those balls found holes. For him to hang in there was huge. He did a great job."

Allen on the team's toughness: "This is a really tough team. A lot of it has to do with the training in the offseason. We really worked hard. We believe we're the hardest working team in the country. And a lot of it is confidence. When we got down 4-0, nobody was freaking out. We are just confident. Proud of how we swung it and played defense and pitched it today."

Allen on Rebel hitters getting to UA starter Jalen Beeks early: "We attacked him in the first, just being aggressive and getting some good swings off. That was huge to get three runs in the first after they got four runs. It put us in a good position for the rest of the game and took some of their momentum into our dugout and for the most part kept it the rest of the game."

Allen on the team leading the SEC West alone currently: "It's something we can't really ignore. Obviously we hear it and know it. We really want to finish on top. All we have to do is finish strong, take it one game at a time, especially now that you can see the finish line. We've put ourselves in great position. Now we just have to finish."

Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco left the stadium immediately after the game to go watch his son, Michael, play baseball for Oxford High School. Ole Miss assistant coach Carl Lafferty answered some questions from the media in his stead.

Lafferty on Christian Trent: "The thing I was proud of Christian about was that to really mature in this league and be a quality starter, you'll have innings like that. The guys who are elite in this league are the guys who then put up zeroes like Christian did and keep us in the game and allow our offense to answer, which it's done all year."

Lafferty on the team's toughness: "For me as a coach, they just don't flinch. They do what they're doing. They stick with their gameplan and say ‘Let's play.' We can score runs. We have a pitching staff that can hold the opponent down. For the offense to answer was huge, especially for Christian and the rest of the pitching staff. We never feel like we are out of a game, and that was the case again today."

Game Highlights

After Arkansas loaded up on singles – six of them, to be exact - in the first and took a surprising 4-0 lead on Trent and the Rebels, Ole Miss came back in the bottom of the first with three runs of its own. Brantley Bell had an RBI single, followed by a wild pitch from Beeks in the at-bat of Sikes Orvis which got another run home. A fly ball from Orvis was the third run of the inning. Seven runs in the first inning combined for the two teams.

It was another three-run inning for the Rebels – the fourth – that they took the lead. J.B. Woodman had a RBI single, and a throwing error allowed another run to score on the play. A fly ball by Bousfield got another run home.

Orvis added a solo home run in the fifth to make it 7-4.

In the sixth inning after two Razorbacks were aboard, Scott Weathersby replaced Christian Trent. Weathersby got three consecutive outs to keep things at 7-4. He pitched the seventh and allowed one hit but nothing else.

Wyatt Short entered to start the eighth and went an inning with a walk, a hit, and a strike out. Josh Laxer closed things out in the ninth, getting two outs but giving up a triple before finishing things off with a groundout to end it.

Laxer got his fifth save of the season. Beeks, the first of five pitchers used by Arkansas, is now 5-4 for the Razorbacks.

Each team finished the game with 12 hits.

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