Rebels hold off late Tigers rally, avoid sweep

first_imgScott Weathersby got the start for the Rebels on SundayScott Weathersby got the start for the Rebels on SundayOle Miss survived a late Missouri rally and hung on for a 4-3 victory on Sunday to avoid being swept by the Tigers at Taylor Stadium.Missouri (28-20, 14-10 SEC) scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to slice the Rebels’ lead to 4-3, but reliever Wyatt Short struck out back-to-back hitters to end threat.“This was one that we had to have, and the guys played great,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said in a release. Senior Sikes paced Ole Miss at the plate by blasting two home runs.Senior Scott Weathersby (4-1) earned the win. He lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks after starting and winning Tuesday’s game against Mississippi State.Jacob Waguespack tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief. Sophomore Short pitched the final two innings to earn his seventh save of the season.Junior Connor Cloyd went 3-for-3 recording his eighth multi-hit game in the past 10 contests. In his first career start and playing in his home state, freshman Nic Perkins recorded his second straight multi-hit game with a pair of singles.“I’m proud of Nic in his first start,” Bianco said. “He got two hits yesterday off the bench and then two hits today in front of his family and home crowd. That was nice to see.”The win brings Ole Miss (25-24, 11-13 SEC)back to .500 on the season. It’ll have to stay about that mark in order to be eligible for the NCAA Tournament.last_img

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