Opening Win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas had four errors in the first three innings, opening the door for Ole Miss to get an early lead. And the Rebels made it count with a 7-5 series-opening win.

"The good thing for us was we capitalized and got some hits after the errors," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said after his team improved to 38-15 overall and 18-10 in Southeastern Confernce play. "We were able to take advantage of some walks and I was proud of the way we competed."

The Rebels got all their runs in the first three innings and let pitching and defense do the remainder. Bianco was pleased but wanted more production.

"Little disappointed we weren't able to scratch out more runs," he said. "But it also shows you how good their (starter) was, Dallas Keuchel. It looked like he might be out (of the game) early. But he outlasted (Drew) Pomeranz."

Keuchel (7-3) got the loss, pitching 6.2 innings with seven runs but only two of them earned, striking out six and walking three.

Pomeranz (6-3) went 5.2 innings to get the win, striking out 10 Razorbacks, walking just two, with 10 hits and five runs, all earned.

"I thought Drew was terrific," Bianco said. "He continued to hang in there and when you look at the scoreboard at the end, he stayed out of the big inning. After they had runners on or got some runs, he was able to bear down and make some critical pitches. That's why he won the game, because they certainly came out swinging tonight."

Arkansas (32-18, 14-13) got 13 hits to the Rebels' 11.

"I was struggling pretty much the whole game to get the ball down," Pomeranz said. "It was one of those nights where I wasn't really spotting too well. I had to battle to finish and to get the ball down the whole night. "

The Rebels got two runs in the first. Jeremy Travis reached with the bases loaded on a throwing error by Razorback second baseman Ben Tschepikow. Two runs came home and the Rebels had the early advantage.

Arkansas got a run back in the bottom of the first, then Ole Miss left the bases loaded in the top of the second without adding to its lead.

After the Hogs failed to score in the bottom of the second, the Rebels took advantage of two Hog miscues to build on its one-run lead. Ole Miss put up five runs on three hits with Kyle Henson and Zach Miller leading things off with singles.

Jeremy Travis bunted and the pitcher air-mailed the throw to first, allowing Henson to get home. Kevin Mort's fly out to left scored Miller. With Travis on third, Ferguson laid down a sac bunt squeeze to score Travis.

But the Rebels weren't finished in the third. Brett Basham reached on a throwing error by Arkansas shortstop Scott Lyons. After Jordan Henry walked, Logan Power doubled to left to score Basham and Henry.

The Hogs cut into the lead in the bottom of the third with two runs to make it 7-3 and added another in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-4 deficit.

Arkansas had a real opportunity in the sixth to make things even more interesting. With a leadoff walk and two strikeouts, Pomeranz exited and Aaron Barrett came on and struggled at first. He walked Scott Lyons on four straight pitches and gave up a single to Andy Wilkins which scored a run. But he got Brett Eibner to strike out to end any further damage.

In the bottom of the seventh, still at 7-5, Barrett gave up a leadoff single and Bianco went out to get him. David Goforth came in and besides one walk, got three outs to keep things as they were.

After another scoreless inning for the Rebs, Jake Morgan came in for Goforth to start the eighth and had an easy time of it, with two ground outs and a long fly ball.

In the bottom of the ninth, Morgan gave up a one-out single to Tschepikow. After a strikeout of pinch-hitter Travis Sample, a long and just foul ball at the right field foul pole by Collin Kuhn brought the home crowd to its feet. But to no avail. After that he flew out to end it.

Morgan picked up his eighth save of the season.

Friday's game is at 6:35 p.m. with Brett Eibner (Soph., RHP, 4.25, 4-4) going for the Hogs and Brett Bukvich (Sr., LHP, 4.31, 8-2) on the mound for the Rebs.


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