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BLOG: Rebels down Washington 3-2, advance to super regional

BLOG — It took nearly four hours, including an hour and 53 minute rain delay during the seventh inning, but Ole Miss defeated Washington 3-2 in 10 innings on Monday at Oxford-University Stadium to clinch the Oxford Regional championship.

“I’m very proud of these guys that have played so hard all year,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “They’ve won all different types of games, and we had to do that this weekend.”

It was another low-scoring game between the Rebels and the Huskies, much like Sunday’s 2-1 Ole Miss victory.

Freshman Colby Bortles, who was starting in his first game all weekend, put Ole Miss (44-18) on the board first with a solo home run in the top of the second inning that was crushed into the left-field bullpen. Bortles came through again with a game-tying RBI double into the right-center field gap to bring Will Allen home from second in the top of the sixth.

Sikes Orvis, the tournament MVP, had the biggest hit of the night with a RBI triple down the right-field line in the 10th to plate Allen, who scored all the way from first for the go-ahead run. It was Orvis’ first triple of the season and second of his career.

“It takes a lot for me to get a triple,” Orvis said.

The big story for Ole Miss was the performance of reliever Scott Weathersby. After starter Sam Smith went 4.2 innings, Weathersby came in and shut down the Huskies (41-17-1) with 5.1 innings of shutout ball. Those 5.1 innings, Weathersby’s career-long outing, were sandwiched around the lengthy rain delay.

“That was a lot of fun,” Weathersby said. “Something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Ole Miss will travel to Lafayette, La., for a super regional matchup with No. 6 national seed Louisiana-Lafayette, a 5-3 winner over Mississippi State in the Lafayette Regional final, starting either Friday or Saturday. Full super regional schedules will be announced Tuesday morning.

For complete coverage of the Rebels’ regional-clinching victory, see Tuesday’s edition of the EAGLE. (June 2, 2014)

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