Winning Wrapup

Ole Miss got its 30th win of the season and its 15th Southeastern Conference victory of the campaign with a 7-4 win against Texas A&M in game one of a Saturday doubleheader on the final regular season day of the year. Then game two was cancelled because of bad weather.

Brady Bramlett got the win in his best outing in three weeks. The third-year sophomore right-hander is now 7-3 on the season. Wyatt Short pitched the final five outs after replacing first-in reliever Jacob Waguespack. It was the sophomore lefty’s 10th save this season.

Texas A&M led 2-0 through the top of the second inning. But Ole Miss got three runs in the bottom of the second inning to lead 3-2 and three more in the bottom of the third inning to lead 6-2. Those would prove to be enough as the Rebel pitching carried them the rest of the way.

Errol Robinson continued his spectacular defensive play the entire game and also was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI offensively. Kyle Watson went 2-for-2, and Cameron Dishon went 2-for-2. Will Golsan was 1-for-3 but had 2 RBI. Nic Perkins was 1-for 4 with the other RBI.

After Ole Miss led 7-2 through five innings of the seven-inning affair, Waguespack and Short took the Rebels home the rest of the way.

Bramlett allowed four runs, but only three earned, on five hits with seven strikeouts. Waguespack only pitched to two batters to begin the sixth, allowing one hit and getting the next Aggie out. Short came in and went the final one and two-thirds with two strikeouts in five batters faced.

Ole Miss finishes the regular season 30-25 overall and 15-14 in Southeastern Conference play. The Rebels will head to Hoover, Ala., as the No. 6 seed in the league tournament and play No. 11 Alabama at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The winner of the Ole Miss-Alabama game faces No. 3 seed Texas A&M on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Quotable:

* Mike Bianco -

On Brady Bramlett: “I thought (he) was really good. That’s a really good team over there, a very good offense. I thought he was terrific and bounced back after a couple of not-so-Brady outings.”

On his team’s offensive day with 12 hits and seven runs in six innings: “Obviously we also got some breaks, like in one inning with three infield hits. One of the things we talk about is moving the ball and running. Couple of things went our way. And some good at-bats.”

On making it to over .500 in SEC play and getting to 30 wins when things looked bleak a few weeks ago: “I just told the team, now you start a new season. There was a point that we didn’t look real good. They held together, and it wasn’t one of those that some healthy guys got back, things like that. We just got better. The players believed that. In the locker room, in the cages, in the bullpen, they had a lot of belief. That says a lot for a young team.”

* Brady Bramlett –

On his performance: “I felt great. My command was back to what it was early in the season. Really had a command of my cutter and breaking ball today. Felt good just spotting up.”

On how he felt warming up: “From the moment I stepped in the bullpen, I felt good. We worked on some things in the bullpen this week. They put up some runs. They’re the best hitting ballclub in the SEC. I felt good out there.”

On the past few outings prior to today: “I was just fighting myself out there. I needed to work harder mechanically in the bullpen, which I did this past week. I think it showed out there on the mound.”

* Errol Robinson –

On the momentum from this win Saturday: “Just helps keep us rolling. Coming off a great weekend sweeping State, and now to get this win, even though we didn’t get to play the third game and I felt we had a ton momentum for that one, just getting this win is big for us.”

On being 15-14 in SEC play and the team playing better the past few weeks: “That’s been the mantra is finishing. Finishing the season. Finishing strong. I think we’ve done a good job of that. It’s just about keeping all this going and this great vibe and feeling heading to Hoover.”


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