Outgunned

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Ole Miss crowd cheered mightily, and the Rebel players leaped from their dugout at the end of the first inning when starter Lance Lynn avoided disaster and limited Missouri to only a single run after two situations with the bases loaded.

The Rebels' effort to avoid the big inning was a good thing, but that run was one too many. It gave Tiger ace Aaron Crow all the support he needed.

On the strength of 10 strikeouts and only three hits allowed, Crow went the distance and led Missouri to a 7-0 blanking of Ole Miss in the first round of the Coral Gables Regional.

The Rebels will try to regroup Saturday at 12 p.m. (EST), while the Tigers (39-19) will play in a winner's bracket contest at 4 p.m. It is Ole Miss' first loss to open a regional since Western Kentucky shutout the Rebels in 2004. The Missouri win snaps Ole Miss' nine-game win streak in regional play.

Drew Pomeranz will start for UM Saturday.

Crow (13-0) dominated from the beginning and only allowed two Rebels into scoring position, and Ole Miss (37-25) never reached third base. Zach Miller, Cody Overbeck and Jordan Henry managed singles off the junior, but two of the hits were with two outs. Crow walked five batters but buckled down with runners on.

"The game was all about Aaron Crow Today," Mike Bianco said. "Certainly a great reputation coming in, and he was every bit of that. One run for them was enough today. Crow was just too good."

It was the right-hander's fourth shutout of the season, as Crow recorded the 27 outs on 122 pitches. Six of his 10 strikeouts came against Michael Guerrero and Matt Smith, the Rebels' five and six hole hitters.

"My stuff was really good today," Crow said. "I'm not happy about walking five guys, but that was due to not concentrating. Overall, everything was pretty good."

Lynn settled down after the opening inning and was semi-effective, but that wasn't good enough on a day where the junior had to be perfect. The Brownsburg Ind., native, who has possibly pitched his final game in an Ole Miss uniform, worked 6.1 innings, allowing nine hits and six runs.

After the first inning where the Tigers stranded three runners, Lynn matched Crow for three innings, but a three-run fifth was his undoing. Two doubles and three singles took away any doubt that remained concerning the outcome.

Lynn finally exited in the seventh with two runners on base and one out. Rory McKean relieved the starter and surrendered a home run to Trevor Coleman, closing the scoring. Ryan Lollis was 4-4 to headline the Missouri offense.

Ole Miss stranded single runners in the third fourth and fifth innings, along with two runners in both the sixth and seventh innings.

"We weren't allowed many opportunities, but even when they appeared, we couldn't get the big hit," Bianco said.

Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson agreed. "When you get starting pitching like we got, it is difficult for the opponent to generate any type of offense."

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