Alabama freshman Mikey White singled up the middle against a drawn-in infield to deliver two runs in the top of the 10th.
It wasn’t a great offensive game for Ole Miss against Alabama’s ace, but two runs at the stage of a game is a pretty daunting deficit under any circumstances.
The Rebels got off some good early swings against Spencer Turnbull, who played high school ball at Madison Central, but couldn’t get him out of the game early.
Here’s Stuart Turner talking about the Rebels’ struggles against Turnbull. Freshman right-hander Jacob Waguespack talks about his start as well, which wasn’t that bad. More on that in a bit.
After the Rebels scored three against Turnbull early — one of them unearned — Turnbull settled down to throw four scoreless innings. It was clear that Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard was going to squeeze all he could out of Turnbull, who stayed in the game until he issued three-straight two-out walks in the seventh. Turnbull threw 104 pitches.
Ole Miss tied the game at 5 on a basehit to left field by Turner, driving in two of those walks, but the Rebels could not get a second two-out hit against Alabama reliever Mitch Greer to take the lead then, nor could they take the lead in the eighth. Ole Miss had two on and one out for Will Allen, who was pinch-hitting, when Allen lined hard to third baseman Kenny Roberts who made the catch then threw to first to double up Turner.
All in all, not a bad day for Waguespack. He went 3.2 innings, a career high as he continues to gain strength. He didn’t see game action until April against Mississippi State in the Governor’s Cup game. Waguespack threw three-straight hitless, scoreless innings but was clearly getting tired in the fourth.
Here’s Mike Bianco talking about Waguespack:
Behind Waguespack, Scott Weathersby was hit hard, giving u pfour hits and three runs — two earned — over 1.1 innings. The rest of the bullpen I thought was pretty good. Tanner Bailey was obviously getting winded in the 10th. He has pitched more than two innings before, but most of his appearances are fewer, and this was his second time to pitch in the tournament. He went 2.1 innings iwth one hit, two runs, both earned, and two walks.
One pitch cost Huber against White, who made an adjustment after Huber made him look bad when he swung and missed at two sliders. White said he was more patient the third time — expecting a fastball actually — and was able to get a good swing on a slider that Huber left up in the zone.
So Ole Miss is done here and will wait until Monday’s selection show to learn its NCAA destination.
3B Kenny Roberts R .251
CF Georgia Salem L .272
2B Kyle Overstreet R .279
RF Ben Moore R .289
SS Mikey White R .278
1B Austen Smith R .277
C Brett Booth R .283
LF Andrew Miller L .237
DH Chance Vincent R .214
RHP Spencer Turnbull 4-3, 3.61
Ole Miss (37-21)
LF Mathis .273
SS Anderson .305
C Turner .379
3B Mistone .319
CF Bousfield .267
DH Orvis .236
1B Overbey .280
2B Helsel .209
RF Jamison .278
RHP Waguespack 0-1, 2.89, 9.1 IP