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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Change pays off as No. 22 Rebs claim series from Hogs

BLOG: It appears Ole Miss’ most recent gamble has paid off.

Entering the weekend, the No. 22 Rebels made headlines after it was announced that starter R.J. Hively would be available out of the bullpen if needed.

After completing the rain-suspended 8-2 win in Game 1, the Rebels called upon the senior right-hander to close out Game 2.

Hively entered the game in the seventh with runners on first and second and one out. Hively induced a double play on his first pitch and went on to allow just one more baserunner en route to closing the 1-0 victory.

Starter Mike Mayers (4-2 overall) earned the win, allowing two walks and two hits while striking out four in 6.1 innings before giving way to Hively.

In turn, Hively walked just one batter and struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save as a Rebel.

Third baseman Andrew Mistone led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and advanced to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts before scoring on a single to left field by second baseman Alex Yarbrough.

Mistone’s run ended up being the difference maker.

Ole Miss had an opportunity in the seventh to add to its lead, loading the bases with just one out, but pinch runner Will Jamison was forced out at home on a bunt by Mistone and left fielder Tanner Mathis struck out to end the threat.

Arkansas right-hander Ryan Stanek (6-2) took the loss, allowing one run on five hits in 6.1 innings. He also struck out two.

The 1-0 win marks the first of its kind for Ole Miss since the Rebels topped Mississippi State on April 11, 2006 in Jackson to claim the Mayor’s Trophy (it’s also the first time Arkansas has lost a game 1-0 since the Rebels blanked them on May 7, 2004 in Oxford…).

With the wins, Ole Miss also secures its first series win over the Hogs since sweeping the three-game set in 2009.

In the first game, which began Friday evening but was suspended due to rain, the Rebels hammered out eight runs on 14 hits.

Yarbrough was 4-for-5 with three RBis, while first baseman Matt Snyder hit two home runs — one on Friday and another today — and drove in three runs as well.

Relief pitcher Aaron Greenwood began the day on the mound for the Rebels with a 6-2 lead, runner on second and a 3-1 count to catcher Jake Wise. He struck out Wise and went on to allow one run on three hits over 2.2 innings. He also struck out four to earn his first win as a Rebel.

Game 3 is set for a 1:30 p.m. first pitch Sunday and will be televised on the COX Sports Network.

Following today’s action, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said the staff had not yet decided who would start the game. (April 21, 2012)

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