HOOVER, Ala. — Ole Miss’ Zach Miller said on Monday he wanted the chance to play the Auburn Tigers at Regions Park during the Southeastern Conference. He’ll get his wish today. Following what’s hopefully a brief rain delay the Rebels will get their chance to get back at the Tigers. The game is being televised on SportsSouth.
WHAT’S IT ALL MEAN?: Both the Tigers and Rebels are playing to remain in the tournament — loser walks. The winner will play the LSU on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
LOOKING BACK: Recapping Auburn’s three-game sweep of Ole Miss to close out the regular season.
—AU puts on hitting clinic.
—Tigers finish off sweep of Rebels.
—Tigers jump on Rebels to claim West outright.
—Patterson’s blast lifts Tigers past Rebels.
—Patterson powers Tigers past Rebels with late homer.
REGIONAL CHATTER: While the Rebels seem to have played their way out of hosting chit-chat, there’s still plenty of speculation as to where they’ll end up.
—SEBaseball.com’s Mark Etheridge has Ole Miss headed to Austin, Texas.
—RosenblattReport.com’s Kendall Rogers has the Rebels playing in the Georgia Tech regional.
—ESPN.com’s Jeremy Mills has Ole Miss pitted in the Louisville, Ky., regional.
OLE MISS (37-21)
CF Tim Ferguson
3B Zach Miller
RF Matt Smith
DH Matt Snyder
LF Taylor Hashman
2B Alex Yarbrough
1B Mike Snyder
SS Kevin Mort
C Miles Hamblin
RHP David Goforth (1-5, 8.27 ERA)
AUBURN (40-18 overall)
RF Justin Fradejas
3B Dan Gamache
LF Tony Caldwell
1B Hunter Morris
DH Kevin Patterson
C Ryan Jenkins
SS Casey McElroy
CF Creede Simpson
2B Justin Hargett
LHP Cole Nelson (6-3, 4.94 ERA)
*Both Trent Mummey (tweaked quad) and Brian Fletcher (bruised hand) did not start due to injuries suffered during Auburn’s 3-1 victory over South Carolina on Thursday.
Ole Miss 2, Auburn 0 (Top 2nd): Ole Miss got its bat going in the second inning. Ole Miss took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a Tim Ferguson single to left field that scored Alex Yarbrough and Kevin Mort without a throw.
Ole Miss 2, Auburn 1 (Bottom 2nd): Creede Simpson, playing in place of the injured Trent Mummey, got Auburn on the board in the bottom of the second with a double that got past Matt Smith in right field. The error allowed Ryan Jenkins to score from first and advanced Simpson to third. David Goforth would regroup and get Justin Hargett to strikeout looking to end the inning.
Ole Miss 3, Auburn 1 (Top 3rd): A perfectly executed hit-and-run with Mike Snyder at the plate resulted in Taylor Hashman scoring from first base without a throw to extend the Rebels’ lead.
Ole Miss 3, Auburn 3 (Bottom 3rd): Tony Caldwell‘s ninth homer of the season, a two-run shot over the left field wall, ties the game 3-3.
Ole Miss 4, Auburn 3 (Top 4th): Ole Miss regains its lead in the top of the fourth when a Cole Nelson wild pitch scored Ferguson from third easily. After hitting Matt Snyder, Nelson would be pulled for Slade Smith, who got Hashman to ground out.
Ole Miss 4, Auburn 4 Bottom 5th): Caldwell reached third base in the first at-bat of the frame after hitting a single to right field. David Phillips, into the game to pinch hit the inning before, sailed the cut-off throw to the backstop, allowing Caldwell to advance to 3B. Two ABs later, Caldwell scored on a sacrifice fly to right, beating Phillips’ throw home.
Ole Miss 7, Auburn 4 (Top 7th): Ole Miss was able to take advantage of three errors on three consecutive plays to pull ahead of Auburn 7-4. Yarbrough got the scoring started, scoring Hashman with a hit up the middle. Hashman, running to third from first, was hit by the relay throw while sliding into the base and was able to beat the ensuing throw home. An error by Hargett on a hard hit ball from Phillips scored Yarbrough. Following a sacrifice bunt from Mort that advanced pinch hitter Tanner Mathis to second base, the freshman outfielder scored on a single by Miles Hamblin to round out the Rebels’ scoring.
Ole Miss 7, Auburn 7 (Bottom 7th): SEC Player of the Year Hunter Morris showed why he earned the hardware in the seventh. With Dan Gamache and Caldwell on the corners, Morris launched a high-arching ball over the right field wall to tie the game at 7-7.
Ole Miss 10, Auburn 7 (Top 10th): Hashman powered the Rebels back into the lead in the top of the 10th with a three-run home run to center field off of Bradley Hendrix that scored Zach Miller and Matt Snyder.
HOW IT ENDED: In he bottom of the 10th, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco opted to go to closer Brett Huber. After hitting Justin Bryant, Huber got Jenkins and McElroy to strikeout. Huber then walked Simpson, but induced a groundout to end the game and pick up his 12th save of the season.
With the win, Ole Miss will advance to play LSU at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, while Auburn is sent home. Saturday’s game will be televised on SportsSouth.
Ole Miss left-hander Matt Tracy picked up the win for Ole Miss to improve to 4-3 on the year, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. Auburn reliever Sean Ray was tagged with the loss, surrendering one run in 1.2 innings. (May 28, 2010)