Rebs beat Hogs again, go for 40th win on Sunday

The Rebels rolled past the Hogs 10-2 to win the series. Now they look to become the first Ole Miss baseball team in school history to win 40 games in the regular season. The only other UM baseball team to win 40 was in 1995 and that was through the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, a final record of 40-22.

*** From Rick Stupak - UM media athletics relations

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - No. 17 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) Ole Miss scored two runs in the seventh, four in the eighth and three in the ninth en route to a 10-2 win over No. 18 Arkansas in game two of this weekend's three-game Southeastern Conference series Saturday afternoon, in front of an announced crowd of 8,212 at Baum Stadium. The win clinched this weekend's series for the Rebels as Ole Miss won Friday's series opener 5-3.

Ole Miss improved to 39-16 overall and 17-12 in the SEC. The win, coupled with Mississippi State's 5-3 win over LSU, moved the Rebels into a first-place tie with the Tigers in the SEC Western Division, heading into the final day of the regular season. Arkansas dropped to 37-17 overall and 13-16 in the SEC.

The series win was also the first by the Rebels in Fayetteville since 1994, and just Ole Miss' fourth over Arkansas since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992.

Trailing 2-1, Cooper Osteen started the seventh with a single. After Osteen was caught attempting to steal second, Zack Cozart reached on a two-base error by third baseman Clay Goodwin. After Barry Gunther flied out to right, Miles Franklin walked to put runners on first and second with two outs.

Justin Henry then hit a high bouncing single up the middle to score Cozart and tie the game at 2-2. Chris Coghlan followed with a lined single to left to plate Franklin and put the Rebels up 3-2.

The Rebels pieced together four runs on four hits in the eighth to extend their lead to 7-2.

Junior Stephen Head hit his 16th home run of the year with a lead-off shot to highlight Ole Miss' three-run ninth.

Junior left-hander Matt Maloney (7-2) overcame six walks to limit the Razorbacks to two runs on six hits over seven innings to earn the win. He also struck out seven.

Junior right-hander Charley Boyce (10-7) was charged with the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. He also struck out four.

Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead in the third when Franklin drew a lead-off walk and later scored on a RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Coghlan.

Arkansas took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Brock Bond's two-out, two-run single.

Ole Miss will enter Sunday's regular-season finale looking to clinch at least a share of its first SEC Western Division title since 1982. The Rebels are also one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a season set by the 1995 team with 40.

Junior left-hander Eric Fowler (5-2, 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for Ole Miss on Sunday, while Arkansas has yet to announce a starter. Game time is scheduled for 1:05 p.m., at Baum Stadium.

Ole Miss 10, Arkansas 2 (May 21, 2005 at Fayetteville, Ark.)


Ole Miss............001 000 243 - 10 14 0 (39-16, 17-12 SEC)

Arkansas............000 020 000 - 2 6 2 (37-17, 13-16 SEC)


Pitchers: Ole Miss - Matt Maloney; B. Pettway(8). Arkansas - Boyce; Maday(8); McLelland(8); Collis(8).

Win-Matt Maloney(7-2) Loss-Boyce(10-7) T-3:13


HR UM - Stephen Head (16).

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Mike Bianco quotes:

"Boyce was tough on the mound for them. He is to them much like Stephen Head is to us and Will Startup is for Georgia. Matt Maloney walked a few guys, but he kept knocking them down when they had a chance to score. He has a lot of confidence and is as good as anybody in our conference."

"I'm really proud of how focused this team has been these two games. We made the SEC tourney (Friday night), but that is not our only goal and they are playing like that. Of course you don't want to get left out of that tournament. Nobody knows about getting left out of the SEC Tournament more than us (referring to the 2002 tourney when Ole Miss lost its way out the last two weeks). One of our goals is to win 40 games, and we can do that Sunday."

"If we win Sunday, we are 11-4 the last half of the SEC season. That's pretty good. We'll have 40 wins and at least a co-share of the SEC West. This team has really played like this all year. They're very grounded and play with a lot of confidence. And the last few weeks we have pitched like the team we always thought we'd be."

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