The senior lefty allowed no earned runs and two hits in five innings with three walks and seven strikeouts before turning it over first to Jake Morgan and then to Kyle Barbeck as Ole Miss pitching was the key to victory in this one.
"That's what it was all about," said Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco. "It was all about pitching tonight. Brett was tremendous with only one unearned run. That was what we were looking for from Brett. Offensively we really left a lot of runners on base, and we couldn't get some of them in from third base."
Bianco said Bukvich (3-0) will start the Sunday game in this weekend's Alabama series. The Friday night starter is Drew Pomeranz, and the Saturday starter is Phillip Irwin.
Morgan relieved Bukvich and went two innings with a hit and a strikeout. Barbeck finished off the Red Wolves the last two innings with two hits, a strikeout, and a walk.
The Rebels (12-4) went up 1-0 in the second inning when Kevin Mort was hit in the head by a pitch with the bases loaded. Logan Power stood at third base and came home giving his team the early lead.
Ole Miss added a run in the third inning when Ferguson scored from third on a groundout to first by David Phillips. Ferguson had singled and stolen second before advancing to third on a balk.
Arkansas State (7-10) finally scored in the fifth when Giovanni Garcia, who had walked and stolen second, raced home on a throwing error by catcher Kyle Henson. The Red Wolves trailed 2-1.
Ole Miss increased its one-run lead in the seventh when Mort made it home on a passed ball. The Rebel shortstop had gotten a base hit to open the inning before moving to second on a throwing error from the pitcher on a sac bunt attempt from Jordan Henry. That allowed Henry to reach base safely. Henry got to second on the passed ball that scored Mort before making it to third on a fly out to right by Ferguson. Power then singled to score Henry and increase the Rebels' lead to 4-1.
Ole Miss scored two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth for the final total.
Ferguson stole four times in the contest, while Power and Mort had successful steal attempts.
Mort and Ferguson led the Rebels at the plate, each going 3-for-4.
Ole Miss outhit ASU 11-5. The Red Wolves had four errors to two miscues for the Rebels.
Ole Miss hosts Memphis Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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