Final: Arkansas 2, Ole Miss 1

Not much offense in this game, which held true to form for both teams.

Both teams scored in the first inning, and it was zeros the rest of the way until Arkansas scored in the bottom of the 10th.

The difference is Ole Miss was sending its No. 3 starter against Arkansas’ regular Friday night guy, and Sam Smith responded by tying a career-high with six innings pitched. He said he was feeling a little winded at the end, but Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said not sending Smith out for the seventh was a decision made with the upcoming regional in mind.

Smith and Tanner Mathis talk about the game here:

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Smith scattered six hits, walked one and struck out four. Good pitching didn’t only come from Smith.

Aaron Greenwood turned in another good outing. He had struggled of late but was able to record some outs at LSU last week going 4.2 innings. He went 3.1 innings today, and Arkansas’ winning run that was charged to him came on a wild pitch delivered by freshman lefty Matt Denny. Greenwood gave up five hits. They weren’t all rockets. He walked one and struck out four.

Here’s Mike Bianco talking about his pitching:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnqInGeykpk&w=560&h=315]

Just six hits in the game for Ole Miss, five of them against Arkansas starter Barrett Astin, who also tied a career-high with eight innings pitched.

Austin Anderson had two hits, turning on fastballs twice and pulling them sharply into right field.

Arkansas had 11 hits, three of them from center fielder Matt Vinson.

Ole Miss is now 37-21 and will play tomorrow morning at 9:30 against the loser of the LSU-Alabama game. LSU at this moment leads 1-0 in the bottom of the first and has two runners on base with one out.

Lineups

Ole Miss (37-20)

LF Mathis .273

3B Mistone  .320

SS Anderson .301

C Turner .379

CF Bousfield .271

1B Orvis .241

2B Overbey .283

RF Jamison .279

DH Allen .237

RHP Sam Smith 3-0, 3.28

 

Arkansas

DH Joe Serrano R .280

CF Matt Vinson S .287

LF Brian Anderson R .349

1B Dominic Ficociello S .254

RF Tyler Spoon R .280

3B Jacob Mahan L .291

2B Jordan Farris R .237

SS Brett McAfee R .269

C Jean Ramierz R .188

RHP Barrett Astin 4-4, 2.02

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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