Missed opportunities cost Rebels as Hogs take Game 1

By Matt Jones

Special to the Daily Journal

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ole Miss had Arkansas where it wanted Thursday night, but things slipped away in a hurry.

The Rebels failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning, and the Razorbacks tacked on five runs over their final two plate appearances to beat Ole Miss 10-3 at Baum Stadium.

Trailing by two runs, Ole Miss loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning and had J.B. Woodman, Sikes Orvis and Tate Blackman – the three, four and five hitters – due up to bat. But Arkansas right-hander Zach Jackson struck out the heart of the Rebels’ batting order to end the threat.

Ole Miss (13-13, 3-4 SEC) is now 2-for-34 this season with the bases loaded.

“That was a big blow when you have an opportunity, especially with your main guys in the lineup,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “More disappointing probably than that is you could tell that just knocked the wind out of us. We come out and make three errors and in doing so it kind of takes the pressure off of them, off of Jackson and that was disappointing we didn’t continue playing the game because we could have maybe had another opportunity later in the game.”

Ole Miss committed four errors over the final two innings – including three in the seventh – as the Razorbacks pulled away.

Arkansas (13-12, 2-5 SEC) took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth inning. That chased Ole Miss starter Christian Trent, who suffered his second loss of the season, allowing five runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“They put at-bats together and that’s what really opened up that inning,” Trent said.

The Rebels took a 2-1 lead in the third after Arkansas’ Dominic Taccolini walked the first three batters in the inning. Errol Robinson had an RBI single to tie the game and Orvis added an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Ole Miss could do little else against Taccolini, though, as the sophomore right-hander struck out seven and worked around six walks in 5 2/3 innings. The Rebels struck out 14 times.

“They walked eight guys and hit one and we only scored three runs,” Bianco said. “We had opportunities in the third and in the seventh, but didn’t get one big hit, one big double that busted the game open.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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