LOS ANGELES - It was a tough night for the Rebels as No. 19 Ole Miss (9-5) was unable to get the bats going and a costly error sparked the Bruins early as Ole Miss fell to UCLA (10-10) by a score of 9-2.
Tommy Baumgardner (2-2) was tagged with the loss for the Rebels as he gave up seven runs on 10 hits. The southpaw struck out four and walked three. Four of the seven runs scored were earned.
Hector Ambriz (3-3) picked up the win for the Bruins as he gave up one run on three hits in 8.0 innings of work. He walked two and struck out 10 on the night.
UCLA got on the board on a costly error in the first inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jermaine Curtis hit a high fly ball to left field. The ball carried to the fence and was caught before being dropped when Evan Button collided with the fence, allowing three runs to score before Button threw Curtis out at third.
The Bruins added two more runs in the fifth inning with another two out rally. With runners at the corners, Sean Smith doubled to left center to score the Bruins two runs.
The Rebels got on the board in the sixth when C.J. Ketchum scored on a sacrifice fly from Mark Wright. Ketchum walked to reach and advanced to third on a double to center field from Chris Coghlan.
The Bruins answered the Rebel run, as UCLA put a seventh run on the board in the bottom half of the sixth with a home run to left field from Mike Metzger. Smith then added a second home run for the Bruins with a two-run shot in the seventh to extend the Bruin lead.
Ole Miss got a run back in the ninth when Zack Cozart singled up the middle to score JoJo Tann, who pinch ran for Mark Wright. Wright reached on a single to left field and came out of the game after the single so Tann could run. Tann advanced to second on a ground out to first from Justin Henry.
Ole Miss and UCLA will take the field for the second game of the series at 4 p.m. CST on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Ole Miss loses 9-2 at UCLA in game one
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