A quick look at some college baseball from Friday night …
Rebels shutdown No. 1 Gators
By Parrish Alford
NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A bloop triple to start the top of the ninth stirred thoughts of two previous SEC weekends, but there had been too much of Bobby Wahl for it to end the same way.
That was how Brett Huber saw it, and Huber was in position to do something about.
Wahl held the powerful Florida offense to two hits over eight innings, and Huber slammed the door after an uncomfortable beginning to the ninth, and No. 16 Ole Miss knocked off No. 1 Florida 3-0 before 9,311 fans at Swayze Field Friday evening.
Game 2 in the SEC series is at 1:30 p.m., today.
MSU’s Stratton improves to 6-0
By School Reports
AUBURN, Ala. – Outfielder Brent Brownlee returned to the Mississippi State lineup for the first time since March 3 and had a critical eighth-inning throw out at home plate, helping preserve the Bulldogs’ 5-3 win over No. 24 Auburn on Friday night.
MSU (18-9, 3-4) won its SEC series opener for a second straight weekend.
Chris Stratton (6-0) made another quality start, allowing eight hits and three runs, two earned. The Tupelo native stuck out eight and walked one.
All-American Caleb Reed closed out the Tigers to earn his 18th career save.
USM baseball falls at Rice in series opener 6-3
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice scored three runs in the sixth inning to break a deadlock score in leading the Owls to a 6-3 Conference USA victory over Southern Miss here Friday night at Reckling Park.
The Golden Eagles (15-11, 2-2 C-USA) collected six hits in the contest, including two each from Travis Creel and Kameron Brunty.
The Owls took the early lead by putting together four singles in the second inning which gave the home squad an early 2-0 advantage. Rice got their runs on RBI singles from Michael Ratteree and Christian Stringer.
Southern Miss, though, tied the game with a pair of runs of its own in the third. Creel led off the third with a single to right-centerfield and then advanced a base on an infield bunt single from Chase Fowler. After Connor Barron reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners and then went to second on a wild pitch, Dillon Day delivered a two-run single up the middle to tie the game.
Rice then went ahead for good with three runs in the sixth with a two-run single Michael Fuda and then a RBI single from J.T. Chargois.
The Golden Eagles cut the gap with a run-scoring single from Creel in the seventh which scored Brunty, but Rice’s Ryan Lewis completed the scoring for the Owls in the eighth with a RBI single.
Rice starter Matthew Reckling (5-0) captured the victory for the Owls (20-8, 3-1) as he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks, while fanning seven. The Owls then got two innings from Taylor Wall and then Tyler Duffey registered the final two outs to earn his third save of the campaign.
Golden Eagle starter Andrew Pierce (3-2) allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts and suffered the loss.
Game two of the series is set for 3:30 p.m. , Saturday.