By Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD – The Rebel pitching staff continued its solid outing on Sunday as Ole Miss (13-4) held Lipscomb (7-9) scoreless for 8.2 innings to pick up a series sweep with a 5-1 win on Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Austin Wright (2-1) picked up the win as he worked 8.0 scoreless innings, striking out nine batters and allowing six hits. He did not walk a batter on the afternoon. Jake Morgan then picked up his fourth save of the season with 1.0 scoreless inning of work after entering the game with no outs and the bases loaded in the ninth.
With the bases loaded, Morgan got a grounder to second from Lipscomb’s Diego Martinez that resulted in a double play and runners having to return to second and third because the lead runner, Kyle Henry, was called for interference as he slid behind the bag and toward the Rebels’ Blake Newalu. By rule, both Henry and Martinez were out keeping the score at 5-0.
The next Bison batter, T.J. Hoelzer, drew a walk, but pinch-runner Aaron Spragg was too far off the bag drawing a throw to second from Morgan in a pick-off attempt. Spragg slid in ahead of the tag from Yarbrough as Lee Wilson took off from third and scored on the play, giving the Bison their only run of the game.
Morgan struck out the next batter to end the game with the Rebels claiming the 5-1 win.
Dannie Strable (1-2) suffered the loss for Lipscomb as he allowed four runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout in 4.1 innings of work.
“Austin Wright really attacked the strike zone today and trusted his stuff to get ahead of a lot of hitters,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Austin Anderson played well today at third after playing shortstop most of his life. He handled things well and swung the bat well today. We were a little better offensively today and took advantage of some mistakes by Lipscomb, but we have to keep working to get better.”
Ole Miss got on the board in the third inning, pushing three runs across the plate by capitalizing on a fielding error to get a rally started. With one out on the board Yarbrough reached on an error by the Lipscomb shortstop and advanced to second as the ball rolled into left field. A single to right from Matt Smith put runners at the corners before Yarbrough scored on a groundout to first from Matt Snyder.
Smith, who advanced to second on the groundout, scored on a double to right from Matt Tracy to give the Rebels a second run. Miles Hamblin then drove in Tracy for the 3-0 lead after the three innings of play.
Ole Miss added a fourth run in the fifth when Newalu scored on a fielding error at second on a grounder from Tanner Mathis. Newalu was hit by a pitch before stealing second to set up the score on the misplayed grounder from Mathis and give the Rebels the 4-0 advantage.
The fifth run of the day came in the eighth when Jordan King ripped a single through the left side to drive in Hamblin from second. Hamblin singled and took second on a sac bunt from Austin Anderson to set up the score on the King hit that gave Ole Miss the five run lead.
The Rebels looked to complete a third shutout in as many days, but the wild ending to the ninth inning allowed the Bison to get a run on the board and break up the shutout, although Ole Miss still claimed the series sweep.
The Rebels return to action on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Jackson State before opening Southeastern Conference play next weekend against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Oxford.