Season Sweep

Zach Miller doubled down the first-base chalk in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie and send the Rebels to a 9-6 win against Arkansas State Monday night.

It was the third win of the season for the Rebels (17-8) against Arkansas State (11-14).

"It wasn't hit very hard," said Miller of the double. "I guess that's coming with hitting a good one the at-bat before. I guess that's how baseball works. I was just trying to put the ball in play, and I'm glad I got the job done."

In addition to Miller's RBI double, there were more runs to come in the seventh as the Rebels got three more in the frame to all but put the contest away.

With the score 6-5 in favor of the home team, Taylor Hashman singled to left to drive in Matt Smith, who had walked, as Miller also scored. Kevin Mort singled to get Hashman to third. A Jordan Henry sac bunt scored Hashman.

The Rebels were not only productive offensively in this one but also on the mound as the pitchers set a new season high for strikeouts with 16 strikeouts.

Rebel starter Nathan Baker (5.0 IP, six hits, 5 runs, 2 earned), had eight of the strikeouts and came out of the game when he gave up a single to Brandon Eller to lead off the sixth. Rory McKean, who followed with seven strikeouts, entered at that point and got three straight outs, including two strikeouts to end the sixth.

McKean (2.2 IP, 1 run, 4 hits) struck out all three ASU hitters he faced in the seventh and stayed in the game until two outs were recorded in the eighth when he gave up a single. David Goforth, with one additional strikeout, came in and got the last out of the eighth. He finished the game facing four batters and allowing only one hit.

Ole Miss was behind 5-1 until the bottom of the fifth when they scored four runs. Matt Snyder got a base hit to right to score two runs, one of them the result of a throwing error on the third baseman. A Miller fly ball to right then scored a run. An error on the ASU pitcher throwing to first base got another Rebel run in.

McKean (4-1) got the win, and the second of five ASU pitchers, Andrew Ferguson, got the loss. Goforth got his second save of the season for the Rebs.

"Certainly not our best game, specifically offensively," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "Their guy (ASU starter) did a good job early in the game. A ton of changeups and mixing in a fast ball. For the first three innings we seemed to not be able to solve him. Then we started to get to him a little bit."

When the Rebels did, they kept getting to all ASU pitchers. Ole Miss got nine hits, but only two off the starter, and the Red Wolves had 11.

Rebel senior catcher Kyle Henson started and played the entire game, going 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

Senior catcher Brett Basham had stitches removed from his right foot Monday, the result of dropping a weight on it last week.

Ole Miss hosts Jackson State (17-9) Tuesday night. Freshman LHP Kyle Barbeck will start for the Rebels.


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