Hog Home Run Derby

Ole Miss came all the way back from a seven-run deficit in the second game of the series against Arkansas. But a couple of 10th inning pinch-hits finally did them in as Arkansas beat Ole Miss 13-11.

A one-out double by Chase Leavitt followed by an RBI single from Ben Tschepikow put the Razorbacks ahead 12-11. Scott Lyons' fly out to left field scored Tschepikow for the two-run advantage.

The Rebels had a chance to come back again in the bottom of the tenth as Sean Stuyverson led off with a single up the middle. But Matt Smith struck out, Zach Miller struck out, Logan Williams struck out. And that was that.

Bring on game three.

After Ole Miss fell behind 8-1 through four and a half innings, the Rebels scratched and clawed their way back. A grand slam by Cody Overbeck in the bottom of the fifth pulled the Rebels to within striking distance at 8-5.

But it took until the bottom of the ninth to actually get completely back. Trailing 11-9, Brett Basham doubled to score Williams who had reached on an error. Fuller Smith singled to score Basham. That made it 11-11 and sent it to extras.

The visiting Hogs, 25-18 overall and 8-11 in the SEC, had unleashed a powerful home run attack against Rebel starter Drew Pomeranz. So good all season, the Rebel freshman left-hander was not his usual solid self in this one.

Second baseman Tim Smalling led off the second inning by sending the second pitch from Pomeranz over the fence and into the left field stands to give the Hogs a 1-0 lead after an inning and a half.

But the Razorback bats were only warming up. So was Smalling. Arkansas would hit five homers before the game was done. Smalling himself would send two more out of the park, including a three-run shot that gave the Hogs a 6-0 lead before Ole Miss, now 28-16 and 11-9, ever had a hit in the contest.

Back to back solo homers in the top of the fifth by Hogs' Brett Eibner and Logan Forsythe gave Arkansas the 8-1 lead, and the Razorbacks were in complete command. At least for a while.

Jake Morgan relieved Pomeranz in the sixth, struck out the first two batters and got the third one to ground out to short. Morgan pitched through the tenth, allowing no earned runs, but with the game tied 11-11, the redshirt freshman was relieved by closer Justin Cryer.

That's when the Razorbacks added their two final runs, and the Rebels weren't able to answer in the bottom of the tenth.

Cryer fell to 2-4 with the loss. Mike Bolsinger, the third of three pitchers used by the Hogs, got the win and is now 2-0.

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