Mississippi State was not able to complete a late rally against La.-Lafayette. The Bulldogs won the first two games of that regional, but ULL swept MSU for the title, so the Rebels will be on the road for the super regional.
For the second straight day the Rebels got superb relief pitching and won a one-run game.
This time Scott Weathersby was the pitching star, and Ole Miss had to rally to do it, tying the game at 2 in the sixth and taking a 3-2 lead in the 10th on an RBI triple from Sikes Orvis.
Here’s your all-regional team, dominated by Ole Miss:
Ole Miss: C Will Allen, 1B Sikes Orvis, 2B Preston Overbey, 3B Austin Anderson, OF Auston Bousfield, OF J.B. Woodman, P Aaron Greenwood.
Washington: OF Braden Bishop, P Tyler Davis.
Georgia Tech: OF Ryan Peurifor.
Jacksonville State: SS Andrew Bishop, OF Griff Gordon.
MVP: Sikes Orvis.
Here’s video of Swayze Field fans celebrating the Rebels’ first regional championship since 2009:
And here are Mike Bianco, Weathersby and Orvis in the postgame interview session:
About the game:
Weathersby was really good, but you could tell he was on fumes at the end. He finally ended it with a swinging strikeout of Washington DH Trevor Mitsui with the tying run at first.
He went 5.1 innings, allowing no runs, two hits and two walks. He struck out six.
Weathersby has not allowed a run in his last six appearances, a span covering 16 innings. Today was his career-long appearance.
Bianco started freshman Colby Bortles at DH, and his late-season surge continued. Bortles had a solo home run in the second, an RBI double in the sixth and had driven in the Rebels’ only runs of the game before Orvis in the 10th.
Orvis had the big game against Jacksonville State in the regional opener, but he was 0-for-Washington before that late hit.
Braxton Lee, Will Allen and Preston Overbey also had two-hit games for the Rebels.