No. 16 Ole Miss Scores Five in the Eighth to Win 7-2 over Memphis
Feb. 28, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. - A five-run eighth inning by Ole Miss proved the difference as the University of Memphis baseball team dropped the midweek contest 7-2 at Oxford University Stadium-Swazye Field on Tuesday. The Tigers drop to 3-4 on the year while 16th-ranked Ole Miss improves to 6-1.
Memphis jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-RBI single by T.J. Rich in the second inning. Eli Hynes and Derrick Thomas started the frame with singles to center and a sacrifice bunt by Carter White advanced both runners to scoring position. Rich delivered the two RBI with a single to center to record his fifth and sixth RBI on the year. Ole Miss tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the Tigers lead to 2-1. Designated hitter Matt Snyder doubled to center advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a RBI single by Will Allen. The Rebels tied the score at 2-2 in the third on a fielder's choice RBI groundout by Tyler Mathis.
The Tigers had mistakes on the base paths in the fourth and sixth inning that erased two runners in scoring position. White was caught in a rundown between third and home with one out in the fourth on attempted suicide squeeze play. In the sixth, Jacob Wilson was caught stealing in a run down between second and third following a leadoff double.
Ole Miss took the lead in the eighth on a RBI single by Snyder. Auston Bousfield led off the frame with a single to right and advanced to second on the sacrifice bunt by Alex Yarbrough. Snyder ripped a 2-0 pitch to right field to drive in Bousfield for the go-ahead run. A sacrifice fly by Allen plated an insurance run for the Rebels. Senquez Golson added more insurance with a bloop single to left and he later scored from first on a single up the middle to set the final margin at 6-2.
Tiger starter Michael Wills didn't factor in the decision, but Wills pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. Tyler Farley was tagged with the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings pitched. Dylan Chavez picked up the win for Ole Miss, throwing 2.2 innings and allowing no runs and no hits.
White and Rich paced the Tiger offense with two hits each, but Memphis was out-hit in the game 11-7. Blake Newalu led Ole Miss with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
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The Tigers travel to Starkville, Miss., for a 4 p.m. game with Mississippi State on Wednesday.