These are the games that lose home regionals. Game 3 is tomorrow at 1:30. We’ll see how Ole Miss responds. It was a pretty dejected scene in the postgame.
Ole Miss was unable to hold a three-run lead in the top of the 10th, and it wasn’t all about pitching.
MSU had scored three runs in 18 innings in the series and scored four in the 10th. All four were charged to Josh Laxer though only one was earned.
Here’s Sikes Orvis:
In a ballpark where long fly balls die before the clear the fence Orvis had flirted with home runs on a couple of swings over two days.
He got all of a Jonathan Holder pitch in the 10th, and with pinch-runner Cameron Dishon already on base after a Will Allen hit, the Rebels were up 4-2. They added another run on a sacrifice fly.
They even started the 10th with an out, but that was followed by back-to-back doubles, one of them off the center field wall over Auston Bousfield’s head, the other down the left field line.
The bottom of the 10th turned on two plays. With still one out a throwing error by Preston Overbey — and honestly from my angle it looked like Orvis could have made the play — allowed Alex Detz to reach.
The next batter, Brett Pirtle, drove home the fourth run on a sacrifice fly. Ole Miss had a 5-4 lead and two outs with Wes Rea at the plate. Rea hit a pop-fly down the right field line. Will Jamison after a long run dove to try and make a play. He did not, and while he got up to find the ball, Alex Detz scored.
Here’s Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco:
If Jamison gives up the hit and keeps the ball in front, maybe the game is extended. That’s not a given, because Britton was running on the pitch, because it was two outs.
That tied the game at five.
Bianco then replaced Josh Laxer, and Preston Tarkington gave up the walk-off hit to Gavin Collins.
LF Lee .291
CF Bousfield .333
3B Anderson .351
C Allen .346
1B Orvis .316
DH Woodman .304
RF Jamison .267
SS Robinson .292
LHP Trent 4-0, 2.41
SS Heck .230
3B Detz .215
2B Pirtle .320
1B Rea .246
C Collins .306
LF Armstrong .333
RF Henderson .306
CF Bradford .312
DH Humphreys .250
RHP Trevor Fitts 2-2, 3.41