Rebels’ bullpen gives up lead

OleMissLogoBy Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – No. 11 Ole Miss banged out 14 hits Wednesday night, but the Rebels’ middle relief couldn’t keep Southern Mississippi off the scoreboard in the middle innings.

After Evan Anderson and Jacob Waguespack combined for three scoreless innings a parade of Ole Miss pitchers allowed at least one run per inning over the next four.

In the top of the ninth Wyatt Short, the 10th Ole Miss pitcher, gave up two walks and a hit, all with two outs, and Southern Miss won 7-6 before an announced crowd of 7,655 at Swayze Field.

“Nobody was effective. We had plenty of pitchers, but we didn’t have plenty of pitchers to get them out tonight. We pitched probably more people than I’ve ever pitched in one game,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said.

USM (27-19) sweeps the two-game season series after winning 5-3 in Pearl on March 25.

Rally begins

The Golden Eagles rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the fifth, a comeback that started when Ole Miss reliever Austin Blunt gave up a walk and hit batsman in his only two batters faced. Both came around to score.

From there the Rebels’ offense twice produced one-run leads, but the pitching held neither.

The Golden Eagles (27-19) tied the game on a sacrifice fly in the seventh and won it on Nick Dawson’s RBI hit in the ninth. He was 0-for-4 at the time.

Southern Miss used five pitchers, the last four combining to hold Ole Miss to one run over the final 41⁄3 innings.

The Rebels did most of their damage against starter Cameron Giannini, who allowed eight hits and five earned runs in 42⁄3 innings.

Austin Roussel had a double and a home run for Southern Miss.

Will Allen was 3-for-5 for Ole Miss, and Sikes Orvis had three RBIs on two hits.

The Rebels (33-13) didn’t get their biggest hits at the biggest times.

“We missed some opportunities. We were not efficient enough. They got the big hits, and they deserved to win,” Bianco said.

Parrish.alford@journalinc.com