OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss coupled a terrific performance by starting pitcher Hunter Elliott with a solid offensive night and beat Missouri 8-1 to claim the series Saturday at Swayze Field.
The Rebels, who won 7-5 on Friday night, improved to 26-19 overall and 9-14 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Tigers are now 25-19 and 7-16.
Both teams scored runs in the first inning. Elliott actually found himself in a bit of a jam but only allowed one run. A Trevor Austin double with one out was followed by a Torin Montgomery single that got Austin home. But Fox Leum and Justin Colon both struck out to end the top of the first, and Elliott was sensational throughout the rest of his seven-inning performance.
Ole Miss came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the first. Justin Bench doubled followed by a RBI single from Jacob Gonzalez to get Bench home and tie the game.
While Elliott continued to cruise, the Rebels added two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. After Kevin Graham and Kemp Alderman singled to start the fourth, Hayden Leatherwood doubled to score both.
In the fifth Bench and Gonzalez singled to open the bottom of the frame. A Graham sacrifice fly to center field scored Bench, while an Alderman single to right scored Gonzalez.
Up 5-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Ole Miss added three more runs in the inning. Alderman flew out to center to score Tim Elko who had walked. TJ McCants reached on a fielder’s choice and Graham scored. Peyton Chatagnier singled to center field to score McCants.
With an 8-1 lead, Elliott’s night was done, and Jack Washburn came in to pitch the final two innings for the Rebels. The junior right-hander allowed only one baserunner, picking up two strikeouts. A three up, three down top of the ninth ended the contest.
Elliott’s final line was impressive – one run on four hits with a walk, one hit batter, and nine strikeouts to tie his career-high as the freshman left-hander moved to 2-3 on the season.
The Rebels had 13 hits, while Missouri had five. Getting two hits each for the home team were Bench, Gonzalez, Graham, Alderman, and Chatagnier.
Tomorrow’s finale between the Rebels and Tigers begins at 1:30 p.m. The game can be streamed through SEC Network + or listened to through the Ole Miss Radio Network.