By Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD – Matt Tracy hit his second home run of the weekend on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Rebel offense as No. 28 Ole Miss (10-3) fell to Tulane (9-3) by a score of 3-1 at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
With the loss, the Rebels dropped the weekend series to the Green Wave marking the first weekend series lost by Ole Miss this season.
Austin Wright (1-1) suffered the loss for the Rebels as he allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Alex Byo (1-0) picked up the win for the Green Wave as he held the Rebels scoreless on five hits with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work. Nick Pepitone picked up his sixth save of the season and second of the weekend as he closed out the final inning for Tulane.
“We had a tough day at the plate” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “I thought Austin Wright really competed well. Jeremy Schaffer is a force at the plate. The difference in the game was that even though they did not get many hits, they were more efficient. We played well defensively, but it is tough to win when you don’t score.”
Tulane got on the board first, pushing a run across the plate in the second inning when Jeremy Schaffer scored on a sac fly to center from Garrett Cannizaro. Schaffer doubled to open the inning and took third on a sac bunt from Briggs Barrios to set up the scoring play on the Cannizaro fly out.
The Green Wave added two more runs in the fourth when Schaffer and Barrios scored on a single up the middle from Cannizaro. Schaffer opened an inning with a double for the second time on the day and Barrios reached on a walk. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position before the Cannizaro hit drove in both runners and gave Tulane the 3-0 lead.
Ole Miss got on the board in the seventh, cutting into the lead when Tracy hit his solo shot to right field giving him his second home run of the weekend. The Rebels could not continue the rally, however, as the Green Wave pitching staff held Ole Miss off the board the rest of the way to pick up the win.
Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday when the Rebels host Western Kentucky in the first of a pair of midweek games against the Hilltoppers. Both games in the midweek are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field.