Ole Miss pitcher Mike Mayers closed his eyes when he heard the muted ping resonate off the bat of Miami (Ohio) center fielder Alex Johnson.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco couldn’t see the play from his position calling pitches in the dugout, but he did hear the roar of the crowd.
Rebels’ closer Brett Huber didn’t think the contact sounded normal, but turned to his right just in time to see third baseman Andrew Mistone pick himself up out of the dirt.
Clinging to a one-run lead with runners on second and third and one out on the scoreboard in the ninth, Johnson laced a ball that looked like it would end up in left field.
Instead, Mistone made a leaping stab to snare the ball for the second out of the inning.
Huber then induced a routine groundout to Alex Yarbrough at second base to preserve the 2-1 victory over the Redhawks.
On the heels of an error-filled slugfest loss Friday and a lopsided victory Saturday, Sunday’s victory at Oxford-University Stadium had a unique look by contrast. (March 5, 2012, Page 8A)