Rebels edge Arkansas State behind Snyder's walk-off hit

By Ole Miss Media Relations

OXFORD – Matt Snyder came up with a two-out single to center field in the bottom of the ninth to score Tanner Mathis from third and give Ole Miss (5-0) a win over Arkansas State (1-4) as the Rebels downed the Red Wolves 4-3.

Ole Miss now takes to the road to face Houston in a three-game series beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Trent Rothlin (2-0) picked up his second win of the season, working 5.0 innings of relief. The senior right-hander held the Red Wolves scoreless while allowing only two hits with five strikeouts. Rothlin retired 11 straight batters to end the game.

Brandon Farley (0-2) took the loss for the Red Wolves as he gave up the game-winning run after entering the game to start the ninth inning.

Snyder paced the Rebel offense on the afternoon, going 3-for-4 at the plate with the game-winning RBI. Matt Smith also hit his first home run of the season.

“It was another great college baseball game today,” Bianco said. “We squandered some offensive opportunities early. Bobby Wahl pitched well and I thought he had a lot of success today. It’s hard to walk out there and pitch for your very first time.

“I’m excited for what we can be, but we still have a ways to go,” Bianco said. “We have to put more at-bats together. We will continue to fight even if it doesn’t go our way. You have to do that in this game if you want to have success. Trent (Rothlin) came in when it was tied with no outs and picked the guy off at second. From there on he dominated the game.”

Ole Miss struck first, getting on the board when Smith hit his home run to right center field.

Arkansas State answered in the second when Michael George doubled to drive in Ryan Emery who had reached on a single in the previous at bat.

The Rebels moved back in front in the bottom of the inning when a groundout to second from Preston Overbey scored Matt Tracy. Tracy reached on a single before moving to third on a double from Miles Hamblin to set up the score on the Overbey groundout.

Ole Miss extended the lead to three in the fourth inning on a single up the middle from Tanner Mathis that scored Taylor Hightower. Hightower walked to open the inning before moving to second on a sac bunt from Blake Newalu. He then scored on the Mathis hit to give the Rebels a 3-1 lead.

An error tied things up in the fifth after back-to-back singles put two men on for Zach Maggio. Maggio laid down a bunt in an attempt to sacrifice that went back to the mound. The throw to third was off the mark in an attempt to get the lead runner and sailed into left field, allowing both runners to score and tying the game at three.

Ole Miss then turned to the bullpen for Rothlin who picked off the runner at second before getting back-to-back groundouts to end the inning. The right-hander then held the Red Wolves off the board the rest of the way before Snyder came up with the game-winning hit with two outs in the ninth to give Ole Miss the win.