PEARL - That old mid-week magic faltered a bit for Ole Miss on Tuesday night, as the seventh-ranked Rebels lost 6-4 to Southern Miss at Trustmark Park.
It was just the second loss in 17 midweek games this season for the Rebels (32-13), who close out their non-SEC schedule at home tonight against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.
The win gave Southern Miss (27-17) a split of the season series with Ole Miss for the fifth year in a row. The Rebels won 8-4 at Hattiesburg last week.
"We didn't play that badly tonight, but Southern Miss played well," said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. "We didn't get the hit with runners in scoring position and we didn't hold off the big inning - and that's two things we have done well all season."
His team left eight runners on base, six in scoring position. Zach Miller went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Rebels.
In the seventh, Ole Miss scored twice to cut the deficit to 5-4. Tim Ferguson tripled and scored on a single by Jordan Henry, who then took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Miller.
Ole Miss starter Nathan Baker (3-1) took his first loss after giving up five runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.