Rebs advance to late Sunday game with victory

The story of Ole Miss' second win in this NCAA Regional was mostly about Lance Lynn, who took a no-hitter through one out in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Ewing of Southern Mississippi got a single to right.

But the Rebels were able to get to Southern Miss starter Barry Bowden early and set a tone that would propel them to a 4-0 win and keep them in the winners' bracket.

Ole Miss (39-23) plays at 5 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Southern Miss (39-22) and Sam Houston State (39-23), a game to be played at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Bearkats eliminated Troy 5-4 in the first game on Saturday. The Trojans end their season 34-27.

It was the third complete game of the year for Lynn, now 8-4, and his second shutout victory of the season. The sophomore right-hander went nine innings allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. He had all five walks before he gave up the first hit, but there was no damage as the Rebel defense played superbly behind him with a no-error performance.

The Rebels, the visiting team in this one, looked like they were going to explode in the first inning just as they had done the night before when they put up four runs in a 14-5 win over Sam Houston State. But this time they only got one run.

Jordan Henry got things started off with a single through the left side. An out later, Justin Henry singled to left as Jordan got to second. A wild pitch got the Henrys to second and third. Cody Overbeck singled to left to score Jordan, but Zack Cozart then grounded into a double play. What appeared to set up to be a big inning offensively for Ole Miss turned into a somewhat disappointing one-run lead after a half inning.

Jordan ended the game 4-for-5 on the night with an RBI and two runs scored. Justin went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.

USM head coach Corky Palmer was impressed with the Henrys.

"Those Henry brothers are two tough outs. They know how to play the game," said the veteran coach who has the Golden Eagles in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season. "They just do whatever it takes to help their team win. They were the difference tonight to me. We had a time pitching to those two."

Not suprisingly so, it was the Henry duo which helped their team get its second run of the contest. Ole Miss added the run in the top of the third. Jordan Henry bounced a ball to second baseman James Ewing for an error allowing him to reach. After Zach Miller hit a first-pitch single which moved Jordan to third, a fly ball to right field by Justin Henry plated Jordan to put the Rebs up 2-0.

In the fourth, a Jordan Henry single to left scored Logan Power who had led off the frame with a double down the line to the left corner which made it 3-0. Power was 2-for-5 with one run scored.

In the sixth, Ole Miss got its fourth and final run of the game. A Miller ground out to second scored pinch runner JoJo Tann, who had replaced C.J. Ketchum after the Rebel DH had singled to right and reached second on an error. Tann moved to third on a Jordan Henry single before heading home on Miller's ground out.

After that it was Lynn who brought the Rebels the rest of the way home, exiting the first-base dugout to the roar of an appreciative crowd of 7,106 mostly Reb fans at the beginning of each inning.

"Lance Lynn was really good tonight," said Palmer, whose team normally faces more midweek pitching than weekend pitching when playing Ole Miss twice during each regular season.

Golden Eagle first baseman Michael Ewing, who along with DH Luke Adkins were the only Golden Eagles to get hits, said Lynn was tough.

"We're usually a good-hitting fast ball team," he said. "But we just couldn't get it done tonight. Lynn's a very good pitcher."

Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said Lynn, with 146 pitches in the game, got better as the game went on.

"Earlyon he didn't have his command and walked more than he's used to," Bianco said. "But he competed, and somewhere around the middle innings he found a rhythm. He made it very, very difficult for Southern Miss tonight, and he was really good the last four or five innings."

Bianco said Lynn needed to have that type performance as Ole Miss left 13 men on base.

"I was joking with the kids that we left a small village on base tonight," he said. "But as we said last night, it's all about winning at this point. So when you leave runners on, you've got to pitch well. Certainly we did that tonight."

Bowden fell to 7-4, allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings. He was relieved by Tyler Conn who went three innings with three hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Bianco did not name a starting pitcher for the 5 p.m. game on Sunday.

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