By Brandon Speck
OXFORD – If it takes timely hitting to win a regional, then Ole Miss controlled the clock on Sunday.
In a 2-1 victory against Washington that put the unbeaten Rebels in today’s championship game, Ole Miss had seven hits, two that mattered most – J.B. Woodman’s RBI double and Auston Bousfield’s home run.
Coach Mike Bianco said the double got the home crowd of 9,599 involved.
“J.B., all year long, especially the last few weeks, he’s had some big at-bats, big extra base hits,” Bianco said. “One of the disappointing things is when you have a crowd like that that’s waiting for something to happen.”
Three hits came in the fourth inning, singles by Austin Anderson and Will Allen to open the inning.
The big one came with one out from Woodman, the designated hitter for a 1-0 lead. A failed squeeze followed and the Rebels left two on, but Bousfield made up for that in the fifth inning. His solo shot turned out to be the difference.
“It’s baseball. It’s tough when a guy doesn’t make a play … we’re not going to be perfect,” Bianco said. “We’re going to make mistakes, but that’s what this team has been able to do all year long is make a mistake, then bounce back and not let it magnify or blow the game up.”
It was Bousfield’s only hit of the day. Anderson had three straight singles.