LAFAYETTE, La. — Ole Miss broke a tie game with three runs in the eighth inning, and the Rebels kept their season alive with a 5-2 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in Game 2 of the Lafayette Super Regional Sunday night at “Tigue” Moore Field.
A night after No. 12 Ole Miss (45-19) aided the top-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns’ 9-5 win on Saturday, the Rebels used some charity from UL-Lafayette (58-9) to help force a third and decisive game on Monday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
Auston Bousfield’s leadoff single in the eighth ended the night for ULL starter Carson Baranik, who scattered six hits and struck out four to bog the Rebels down for much of the night. Ryan Wilson walked Austin Anderson before Will Allen sent a fly ball to center. Seth Harrison dropped it, allowing Bousfield to race home for the go-ahead run, and pinch hitter Colby Bortles followed with a two-run single to extend the lead.
Right-hander Aaron Greenwood (3-1) pitched the final two innings for the win. Greenwood relieved starter Christian Trent in the eighth and gave up a game-tying single to Blake Trahan but pitched a scoreless ninth, freezing Dylan Butler for the final out with a runner at third.
Preston Overbey’s fourth home run of the season — a solo shot over the wall in left —put Ole Miss up 2-1 in the seventh.
The Rebels got off to a quick start for the second straight night when Anderson worked a two-out walk in the bottom of the first and came around to score on Allen’s double to the right-field wall.
Trent, who yielded just four hits and tied a career-high with seven punchouts over seven innings, cruised through the first four frames, facing just one over the minimum. He fanned the first two batters in the fifth and looked to have a 1-2-3 inning when Seth Harrison rolled a grounder to Overbey at second, but Harrison beat the throw after Overbey bobbled the ball.
Butler followed with a double into the left-field corner. The relay throw got to Allen with Harrison still three or four steps from the plate, but Harrison jarred the ball loose as Allen tried to apply the tag to knot the game at 1.
Overbey and Errol Robinson each had two hits for Ole Miss. Trahan went 3-for-4 for UL-Lafayette while Caleb Adams and Butler each had a double.
See Monday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from Sunday’s game. (June 8, 2014)