By School Reports
AUBURN, Ala. – Ole Miss has a chance to win its third SEC series of the season this afternoon, in a deciding matchup with Western Division rival Auburn.
The Rebels got another heroic relief effort from freshman right-hander Bobby Wahl on Friday night, as he helped secure a 10-7 victory against the host Tigers.
Today’s decisive game is set for noon on CSS.
Ole Miss (24-16, 9-8 SEC) snapped a two-game losing streak. Auburn (21-17, 8-9 SEC)
Wahl, the fourth Rebels pitcher, picked up his third save of the season. He held Auburn off the board in the final 12⁄3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts after entering the game with two outs and a man on first in the eighth.
“Bobby was certainly clutch for us tonight,” said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco, whose team is 4-4 in SEC road games. “We saw it last weekend and it was more of the same stuff from him tonight. … On the road in the SEC with people on base, he did a terrific job.”
David Goforth (3-5) picked up his second straight win as he worked five innings, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
Ole Miss had a 13-10 edge in hits against Auburn in Friday’s victory after getting out-hit 13-6 on Thursday night.
Matt Snyder homered and drove in four runs for the Rebels, while Alex Yarrough went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Matt Smith went 3 for 5 with an RBI.
“Matt Snyder looked good tonight,” Bianco said. “It’s hard to be the team we want to be without him playing well. It was nice to see him do what he did tonight.”
Ole Miss scored first, using an RBI single to center from Smith to score Tanner Mathis from third. Mathis had reached with a lead-off single, extending his hit streak to 23 games, before taking second on a wild pitch and going to third on a groundout from Yarbrough.
Preston Overbey his a solo homer in the second to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
Auburn tied it at 2 in the bottom of the second but the Rebels struck for four in the top of the third.
A leadoff walk and a single put two men on in the third inning before Matt Tracy came up with a single to left center that scored Mathis. Snyder then hit a three-run shot to right field that put Ole Miss on top 6-2.
Smith helped make it 8-2 with a two-run fourth-inning double.
Auburn got two runs back in the fifth in an awkward inning that saw a wild pitch and a balk bring runs home for the Tigers.
The Rebels added two more runs in the seventh, using a pair of groundouts after loading the bases for a 10-4 advantage.
Auburn scored three earned runs off relievers Eric Callender and Mike Mayers before Wahl entered the game and notched a pair of strikeouts around a walk to get the Rebels out of the inning.
Wahl then kept the Tigers off the bases in the ninth to preserve the win.
Auburn left 11 men on base to five for Ole Miss.
“We didn’t get out of the gates very well. We had our chances but then they hit the big three-run home run and that kind of put us back on our heels,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “The guys kept battling back and made it a close game, an interesting game. But we got behind and we could never really get too much going or build the big inning that we needed.”
Auburn will send junior righty Jon Luke Jacobs (1-3, 3.21) to the mound today, while Ole Miss will counter with junior lefty Austin Wright (4-3, 3.99).