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BLOG: Rebels defeat UW 2-1, advance to regional title game

BLOG — Ole Miss is in the driver’s seat of the Oxford Regional after defeating the Washington Huskies  2-1 Sunday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium to advance to the regional championship game.

“Just a great college baseball game,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “Just one of those games that you’ve been seeing across the country. A low scoring games where every pitch and every play seems to matter.”

A day after Chris Ellis went the distance, Christian Trent gave the Rebels another long outing. Trent, who hadn’t pitched since May 16, went 6.1 innings and only gave up one run with six strikeouts and one walked batter.

“It was definitely nice having the rest, and I was definitely ready to get back out there,” said Trent, who was scratched from the SEC Tournament after experiencing some stiffness during a throwing session. “After being off for a start, and my last start was seven days before that, it felt really good to get out there and help the team out.”

After putting up 12 runs Saturday night, Washington’s Jeff Brigham was able to stifle the Rebel offense, only allowing two runs.

Ole Miss got on the board first when J.B. Woodman hit an RBI double to left field plating Austin Anderson from second. With the score still 1-0, Auston Bousfield hit a solo shot over the left-center field wall, giving the Rebels a two-run cushion.

It ended up being enough for reliever Aaron Greenwood, who came in for relief of Trent and pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball. Greenwood, who struck out four of the 10 batters he faced, had to calm himself at times making sure he didn’t get too caught up in the moment.

“Playing in front of these great fans, over 10,000 people, they were awesome and unbelievable today,” Greenwood said. “It was amazing, especially being a hometown guy, to go out there and play for the team I’ve grown up loving. It was awesome.”

Ole Miss awaits the winner of tonight’s Washington-Georgia Tech elimination game. The championship game will be played Monday at 2 p.m. and, if necessary, a winner-take-all game at 7 p.m.

See Monday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from Sunday’s game. (June 1, 2014)

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