It was a right-hander from William & Mary, not a left-hander, who shut down the Rebels today and ended their season.
Ole Miss goes 1-2 in the Raleigh Regional, losing twice to the No. 2 team from the Colonial Athletic Association.
Brett Koehler had posted fairly average numbers in his last two outings but was dominant against the Rebels, limited them to seven hits, three of them in a third inning that failed to produce a run.
Seven different Ole Miss players hit singles. There were no extra-base hits for Ole Miss. Twice the Rebels hit into double plays, and twice the made outs on the bases.
Sam Smith didn’t have his best performance, but he left trailing 4-1. The game looks a little better if there’s more offense behind him.
Jeremy Massie and Aaron Greenwood pitched well in relief.
Smith’s undoing was his inability to finish off William & Mary hitters in advantage counts. In the bottom of the first Smith had two outs and counts of 1-2 and 0-1 on Michael Katz and Ryan Lindemuth, who posted back-to-back doubles and give the Tribe an early lead.
There weren’t many opportunities on the bases for Ole Miss, and the Rebels didn’t produce when they had them.
Ole Miss loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth and got only one run. Austin Anderson scored when Preston Overbey hit into a 5-4-3 double play, and Will Jamison flied out to end the threat with Andrew Mistone at third.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco:
Ole Miss players Tanner Mathis and Sam Smith:
Ole Miss ends the season 38-24.
William & Mary, the No. 3 seed, will play No. 1 seed North Carolina State in the championship game later today. If William & Mary wins – and I haven’t seen enough from the Wolfpack to think that can’t happen – the final game will be Monday night.
Ole Miss 38-23
LF Mathis .281
CF Bousfield .257
SS Anderson .311
C Turner .374
3B Mistone .317
1b Overbey .284
RF Jamison .279
DH Allen .234
2B Helsel .189
RHP Sam Smith 3-0, 3.11
William & Mary 38-23
CF Brown R .329
3B Shaw S .304
1B Katz R .358
2B Lindemuth R .358
C Hissey L .276
LF Sarty R .281
DH Shaver L .257
SS Williams R .248
RF L Lowe .243
RHP Brett Koehler 6-5, 4.44