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Four-run eighth lifts No. 13 Rebs to series clincher

BLOG: After a wild finish in the season opener Friday, the No. 13 Rebels and No. 14 Horned Frogs will square off at 1:30 p.m. today for Game 2 of the three-game set.

Friday’s 1-0 decision went rather smoothly for the Rebels until the bottom of the ninth.

With the bases loaded and one out, Ole Miss closer Brett Huber induced a ground ball to first baseman Sikes Orvis.

The sophomore, playing in, tossed the ball to shortstop Austin Anderson looking to start a double play, but Huber was late covering first. Luckily for the Rebels, second base umpire Fred Cannon called TCU’s Dylan Fitzgerald for interference to complete the “double play.”

Below is a GIF of the controversial ending:

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Following the game, Huber, Auston Bousfield, Bobby Wahl and head coach Mike Bianco each said they were focused on first base and didn’t get a good look at the play at second live. Bianco later said he’s never seen a play end like that.

Regardless, the Rebels head into today’s chilly Game 2 — there were brief snow flurries an hour before first pitch — with a 1-0 series lead.

Click HERE for photos from the opener.

Also, click HERE for yesterday’s game blog with links to various #RebsBSB videos, previews and more.

One last link: HERE are the Rebels’ at-bat songs courtesy of Ole Miss’ Brandon Hudspeth. (Per the norm, listener discretion is advised):

#1 Preston Overbey: Loud by Mac Miller
#2 Jacob Waguespack: Gettin Jiggy With It by Will Smith
#3 Austin Knight: The Way You Move by Outkast
#4 Will Jamison: Pretty Girls by Wale
#5 Mike Bianco: Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
#6 Lance Wilson: Give Me Faith by Elevation
#8 Austin Anderson: You Don’t Know by 50 Cent and Eminem
#9 Austin Bousfield: Your Love by The Outfield
#10 Chris Ellis:It’s All About the Benjamin’s Mix by Puff Daddy (It’s a Mix, Not on You Tube)
#11 Luke Gibbs: Boom Boom by Justice Crew
#12 Tanner Mathis: Tricky by Run DMC
#13 Scott Ashford: Still of the Night by Whitesnake
#14 Cameron Dishon: Tic Tok by Ke$ha
#16 Matt Denny: Slow Ride by Foghat
#18 Brady Bramlett: Wherever I May Roam by Metallica
#19 Bobby Wahl: Rise and Shine by J. Cole
#20 Josh Laxer: Intro by The XX
#21 Hawtin Buchanan: Sky’s the Limit by Lil Wayne
#22 Jake Overbey: Magic Stick by 50 Cent/Lil Kim
#24 Sikes Orvis: Big Pimpin by Jay Z
#25 Andrew Mistone: Zumba by Don Omar
#26 Stuart Turner: Let’s Groove Tonight by Earth, Wind, & Fire
#28 Mike Mayers: Halloween by John Carpenter
#29 Sam Smith: Thrift Shop by Macklemore
#30 Will Allen: Answer to No One by Colt Ford
#31 Tanner Bailey: Make War by Tedashii
#32 Austin Blunt: Air Force Ones by Nelly
#33 Tyler Jackson: Breakin A Sweat by Skrillex/The Doors
#34 Christian Helsel: Superstition by Stevie Wonder
#35 Jeremy Massie: Thunderstruck by ACDC
#36 John Gatlin: Price Tag/Don’t You by Pitch Perfect Soundtrack
#38 Brett Huber: Shake Ya Tailfeather by Nelly
#40 Scott Weathersby: Hero by Kareem Manuel featuring Lecrae
#42 Holt Perdzock: It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube
#44 Aaron Greenwood: Return of the Mac by Mark Morrison


Friday’s Results
Ole Miss 1, TCU 0
Mississippi State 16, Portland 1
Alabama 8, VMI 3
Arkansas 9, Western Illinois 1
Auburn 3, Maine 2
Duke 4, Florida 3
Georgia 6, Georgia Southern 5
Kentucky 9, UNC Asheville 2
LSU 1, Maryland 0
Southern Miss 5, Missouri 2
South Carolina 4, Liberty 3
UNLV 10, Tennessee 9
UIC 2, Texas A&M 0
Vanderbilt 10, Long Beach State 4

Saturday’s Games
TCU at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m.
Portland at Mississippi State, 2 p.m.
VMI at Alabama, 2 p.m.
Western Illinois at Arkansas, Noon
Maine at Auburn (DH), Noon
Duke at Florida, 3 p.m.
Georgia at Georgia Southern, 1:30 p.m.
Kentucky vs. USC Upstate, 3 p.m.
Maryland at LSU, CST, 1 p.m.
Missouri at Southern Miss, 2 p.m.
Liberty at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Tennessee at UNLV (DH), 3 p.m.
UIC at Texas A&M, 2 p.m.
Long Beach State at Vanderbilt, 2 pm.

Sunday’s Games
TCU at Ole Miss, Noon
Portland at Mississippi State (DH), 1 p.m.
VMI at Alabama, 1 p.m.
West Illinois at Arkansas, 1 p.m.
Maine at Auburn, 11 a.m.
Duke at Florida, 11 a.m.
Georgia at Georgia Southern, 12:30 p.m.
Kentucky vs. Niagara, 11 a.m.
Maryland at LSU, Noon Missouri at Southern Miss, 1 p.m.
Liberty at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Tennessee at UNLV, 3 p.m.
UIC at Texas A&M, 1 p.m.
Long Beach State at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.


No. 14 TCU HORNED FROGS (0-1 overall)
CF Cody Jones
2B Derek Odell
1B Kevin Cron
3B Jantzen Witte
LF Brett Johnson
DH Jerrick Suiter
RF Dylan Fitzgerald
SS Keaton Jones
C Kyle Bacak
RHP Preston Morrison

No. 13 OLE MISS REBELS (1-0) 
LF Tanner Mathis
SS Austin Anderson
CF Auston Bousfield
DH Will Allen
1B Sikes Orvis
C Stuart Turner
3B Andrew Mistone
RF Will Jamison
2B Lance Wilson
RHP Mike Mayers


TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 2, Ole Miss 0 (Top 5): TCU found its way onto the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. After getting two quick outs to start the frame, Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers surrendered back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases for second baseman Derek Odell. The Horned Frog singled through the right side of the infield to score Keaton Jones and Kyle Bacak and end Mayers day. Relief pitcher Aaron Greenwood fell then fell behind on first baseman Kevin Cron before inducing a groundout to shortstop to end the frame with runners on the corners.

Texas Christian University 2, OLE MISS 1 (Bottom 5): Ole Miss responded in the bottom of the frame when Will Jamison golfed a pitch from TCU starter Preston Morrison over the Horned Frog shortstop and into left-center, scoring Andrew Mistone from second with two outs.

OLE MISS 5, Texas Christian University 2 (Bottom 8): Ole Miss finally got to Morrison in the eighth. After Mistone led off the frame with a walk, TCU pulled the side-armer for submarine right-hander Justin Scharf. After Jamison hit into a fielder’s choice pinch hitter Holt Perdzock grounded out (advancing Jamison to second). Left fielder Tanner Mathis then registered his first hit of the season on an RBI-single up the middle to chase Scharf and tie the game. All-American pitcher Andrew Mitchell came into the game to stop the bleeding but struggled to find the zone, skipping his first two pitches to the catcher. Following an Austin Anderson walk, Auston Bousfield hit a chopper past first baseman Kevin Cron to score Mathis and give the Rebels their first lead of the game at 3-2. Will Allen added to the lead with a dribbler to the left of Mitchell. The reliever couldn’t get to the grounder and Odell, the TCU second baseman, failed to successfully flip the ball to first for the third out, allowing Anderson and Bousfield to score.

FINAL SCORE: No. 13 Ole Miss 5, No. 14 TCU 2.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: Ole Miss closer Brett Huber made the game interesting in the third, loading the bases with two outs, but Odell flew out to left field to end the game and secure the series for the Rebels.

Greenwood earned the win, allowing just two base runners in 3.1 innings in relief of Mayers. The Rebel starter didn’t have his command and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings while striking out three.

In the ninth, Huber allowed three singles and struck out two to earn his second save in as many days and 28th of his career.

Scharf was saddled with the loss for TCU.

Mathis, Bousfield, Allen, Mistone and Jamison each had one hit for Ole Miss. The Rebels still have not recorded an extra-base hit.

The Rebels will be back at it Sunday with a noon first pitch.

PARTING VIEWS: Below are post-game interviews with Bousfield and Mathis:

 (February 16, 2013)

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