Rebels fall to Tulane, but take series

By Ole Miss Media Relations

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Alex Yarbrough continued his hot performance at the plate on Sunday, going 3-4 with two runs scored and Tim Ferguson was 3-for-3 with an RBI, but it wasn’t enough to push the Rebels to a sweep as No. 18 Ole Miss (9-2) fell to Tulane (6-5) by a score of 12-4.

The Rebels claimed the series with wins on Friday and Saturday.

Trent Rothlin (2-1) suffered the loss for the Rebels as he allowed five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.

Green Wave starter Robby Broach (2-0) picked up the win as he worked 6.1 innings and held the Rebels to three runs – two earned – on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

“It was one of those days at the field,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Early on it looked like Trent Rothlin was going to be able to pound the ball in the strike zone, but Tulane got hot and were in a zone at the plate. It’s a disappointing way to end the weekend, but we have to get over it and move on to get ready to play Austin Peay on Tuesday.”

Ole Miss got on the board in the second when Miles Hamblin came up with an RBI single to right that scored Yarbrough from second. Yarbrough singled and then stole second to get into scoring position for the Hamblin hit. Hamblin then stole second and took third on a throwing error on the play. He scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Ferguson to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.

Tulane threatened in the bottom half of the inning with two men on and no outs. Matt Shortall singled to right advancing the runners, but Matt Smith threw the lead runner out at home to keep the Green Wave from scoring as Taylor Hightower was waiting for the runner at the plate. Two runners remained on base and Tulane would go on to tie the game, however, as the Green Wave used a fielder’s choice and back-to-back singles to plate two runs and even things at two.

The Rebels took the lead back in the fourth when Hamblin drove in Yarbrough on a sacrifice fly to center. Yarbrough singled and moved to second on a groundout to first from Hightower. A wild pitch then moved Yarbrough to third before the Hamblin fly out sent him home.

The Green Wave loaded the bases with one out in the third and tied the game at three with a fielder’s choice to first when the Rebels got the out at second and leaving runners at the corners. A stolen base and a two-RBI single later, the Green Wave held a 5-3 lead on the Rebels who turned to the bullpen for Eric Callender.

A single put runners at the corners again before a balk pushed home another run to give Tulane a 6-3 lead after four innings.

The Green Wave added to the lead in the fifth with a single and a triple to drive the first run home. A groundout to third pushed a second run across the plate and the Green Wave held an 8-3 lead on the Rebels.

A sac fly from Jeremy Schaffer in the sixth inning continued the scoring for Tulane as the lead grew to 9-3 in favor of the home team. The Rebels then turned to Matt Crouse out of the bullpen with two outs and a man on third.

Tulane added three more runs in the eighth inning to push the Green Wave to a nine run lead at 12-3.

Ole Miss cut back into the lead in the ninth inning when Matt Smith drew a bases loaded walk to cut the score to 12-4, the final margin of victory for the Green Wave.

Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday when the Rebels play the first game in a pair of mid-week contests against Austin Peay. First pitch for both nights is set for 6:30 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.