I don’t have the number handy. If you do please post it below. The number used to be something in the mid-70 percent range in terms of teams who went on to win a regional after winning its first two games.
Ole Miss was a team that won its first two games and did not win the regional. That was two years ago at College Station.
Obviously it’s a huge pitching advantage to be in the situation in which the Rebels find themselves. Washington is minutes away from throwing its third starter.
Here’s the catch. The Huskies — like Ole Miss — have used only member of their bullpen through two games. That may change shortly against Georgia Tech, but Washington and Ole Miss both got complete games in opening round wins.
For a while it looked like Christian Trent might give the Rebels another before he petered out in the seventh. Aaron Greenwood had his back, pitching the final 2.2 innings with one hit and one walk allowed. He struck out four, two of them in a perfect ninth, another for the second out of the seventh. Greenwood had just entered a 2-1 game with runners at second and third and one out. He got the third out of the seventh with a line out to second when Preston Overbey made a nifty play moving to his left.
Greenwood and Trent talk here along with Mike Bianco in the Ole Miss postgame:
Trent had not pitched since May 16, the second game of the Texas A&M series. He scattered five hits and pitched six-straight scoreless innings to open the game. He gave up three hits and a run in seventh before giving way to Greenwood.
There was drama for Ole Miss in the fourth when Sikes Orvis stepped to the plate with two on base and no outs. He struck out swinging, but the next man up, J.B. Woodman dropped a double into the right field corner to score a run. The Rebels had a failed squeeze attempt later in that inning but scored the game-winning run in the fifth on a solo home run by Auston Bousfield.