When the Ole Miss outfielder turned down the Houston Astros’ offer this summer, he had already compiled a career batting average of .345 and was coming off of a career year in which he hit .359. So to say this season hasn’t gone as expected would be a bit of an understatement.
Heading into Sunday’s three-game finale against Alabama, Mathis was hitting just .220 — the lowest batting average amongst Ole Miss’ regulars — and was in the midst of a 1-for-21 skid.
While one at-bat does not a season make, Sunday’s final swing may at least provide a bit of redemption for the Lake Charles, La., native.
With the bases loaded, the score tied and one out in the 11th inning, Mathis came through for the Rebels with a base knock to left-center over the drawn-in outfield.
The single scored pinch runner and Tuscaloosa, Ala., native Lance Wilson to give No. 23 Ole Miss a 4-3 victory at Oxford-University Stadium.
After winning 6-0 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday, Sunday’s victory marked Ole Miss’ first SEC sweep of the season.