LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A late inning rally by the No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels fell short Tuesday in the first of two games with Louisville.
The Rebels’ first game away from Oxford since the opening weekend of the season resulted in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals coached by former Ole Miss assistant Dan McDonnell.
Preston Overbey scored two of the Rebels’ three runs on the night and seven Ole Miss players recorded hits, but the quick start by the Cardinals — who plated three runs in the first inning — proved to be too much to overcome. Ole Miss fell to 13-3 with the loss, while the Cardinals improved to 11-5.
Sam Smith (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits with our strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Chris Ellis worked the final 2.0 innings, holding Louisville off the board and limiting the Cardinals to one hit while walking one and striking out four.
Jared Ruxer (2-0) picked up the win for Louisville, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Derek Self grabbed his fifth save of the season, facing the final two batters of the game after taking the mound with one out and two Rebels on base.
“This was a great college baseball game against a good team,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “It’s a tough one to lose, but in the end, they just played a little better than us. It’s the first time all year we have struggled to solve the opposing pitcher. (Jared) Ruxer was good tonight.”
Ole Miss and Louisville concluded the two-game series with a matinee contest today. (March 14, 2012, Page 6)