The Ole Miss Rebels are certainly making the most of their first appearance in the College World Series in quite some time, as they were able to stave off elimination on Tuesday with a 2-1 walk-off win in the ninth inning against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in their elimination contest.
Throughout much of this one, there wasn’t really much action from an offensive standpoint, but Ole Miss corrected that in the seventh inning when they got the first run of the game off that bat of Holt Perdzock, who singled down the third-base line to score Sikes Orvis.
From that point on, with the way the Rebels’ pitching was going, it seemed as if they were going to cruise through with a win, but the Red Raiders didn’t want to give up that quickly.
In the top of the 9th inning, staring elimination right in the face, a throwing error from the Rebels gave Texas Tech a glimmer of hope as they were able to get a run in, subsequently making this one that much more interesting.
But, the Rebels didn’t feel like letting this one go any longer in the bottom of the final inning as a John Gatlin single to right field ended it with a runner on third.
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The player of the game in this one, undoubtedly, was Ole Miss starter Christian Trent, who went eight strong innings and didn’t give up a run, while only allowing six hits, one walk and striking out six batters.
Now, the Rebels will live to fight another day as they await the loser of the TC Horned Frogs and Virginia Cavaliers who will square off later tonight.
As for Texas Tech, their first trip to the College World Series ends with heartbreak.