Streak Ender

A close battle turned into an Arkansas rout as the Razorbacks took game one of the weekend series against Ole Miss 11-4. And a Rebel win streak of 10 games came to a halt.

The battle for Southeastern Conference Western Division supremacy belongs at least for one night to the Hogs, who moved to 15-7 in league play while the Rebels fell to 14-8. Overall Arkansas is 36-10 and Ole Miss is 33-14.

"It started off as a great game and a pitching duel," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "(Drew) Smyly (the Arkansas starter) I thought was terrific tonight. Not that we didn't expect him to be very good, but he was super sharp tonight and was able to mix the pitches up. We weren't able to mount much off of him."

The left-hander, now 8-0, went six innings and allowed just two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

Ole Miss starter Drew Pomeranz wasn't his best in this one but managed to get 6.2 innings in before being replaced by Matt Crouse.

The lefty starter for the Rebs gave up four runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

"Drew didn't have his best stuff obviously but really competed hard and gave us an opportunity," Bianco said.

Pomeranz, suffering his first loss of the season to fall to 6-1, agreed it wasn't his best night. He took a ball off his leg hit by Zack Cox in the first inning, but he said it wasn't a factor in his performance.

"I just didn't have my best stuff tonight," Pomeranz reiterated.

Drew Pomeranz

After the Hogs scored a run in the top of the second to take an early lead, Taylor Hashman's solo home run in the bottom of the second into the left field terrace tied things 1-1.

Ole Miss, ouhit by Arkansas 16 to 8, went up 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a ground out by Alex Yarbrough which got Zach Miller home. The Rebels' third baseman had doubled and stolen third.

A one-run game after six innings with the Rebels leading turned into quite the contest. There were two outs in the top of the sixth and Collin Kuhn was on second after a double when Ole Miss intentionally walked Zack Cox. The UA third baseman to that point was 3-for-3, all of them two-out singles.

Up came Brett Eibner who made the Rebels pay when he sent one out of the park in center field for a 4-2 Razorback lead.

"It was a changeup," Pomeranz said of the pitch. "It was a good pitch. He had kind of a slow bat and just ran into it. That's all you can really say about it."

Bianco said the decision was the right one to walk Cox.

"You've got a guy hitting about 120 points higher than the other guy," Bianco said of walking Cox (.443) to get to Eibner (.325). "That was a guy (Cox) that looked pretty locked in his first three at-bats. He had barreled up three balls. With the statistics for Cox and the way he's been swinging the bat, and certainly what he did tonight, (it was the right decision)."

That blast by Eibner chased Pomeranz, and in came Matt Crouse.

Arkansas expanded the lead to 6-2 on a two-run home run by shortstop Tim Carver in the top of the eighth.

But Ole Miss came back in the bottom of the eighth with two runs. After Kevin Mort singled, Matt Smith sent one into the visiting bullpen to cut the UA lead to two runs. That made it 6-4.

Arkansas wasn't done, however. The Razorbacks added five runs in the top of the ninth off Crouse and finally Trent Rothlin.

"Just flush it and come back out and play better than they do Saturday and Sunday," said Matt Smith, "and get back on that streak again."

Gametime is 7 p.m. Saturday.

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