Oxford, MS (ASU) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-1) out-hit 17th-ranked Ole Miss 8-4 on a chilly afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field, but a two-out error in the third inning came back to haunt ASU and the Rebels (3-1) were able to come away with a 3-2 victory in Oxford.
With two outs on the board in the third, Ole Miss took advantage of a walk and an ASU error to add a pair of runs to a first-inning score and go up 3-0. Arkansas State was able to narrow the gap to 3-2 with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth, but could not complete the comeback as Ole Miss closer David Goforth came on in the eighth and allowed just one hit the rest of the way to earn the save.
"We did a good job of getting two outs in the third, and all of a sudden they get a walk and we make an error," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "Then they got a couple of hits and scored two runs."
"We did a good job on the mound today," added Raffo. "But offensively we needed that one more hit, that one more great at-bat with a runner on base. We feel like if we could have kept playing, we could have won the ballgame. I like what I saw on the mound with the guys competing and getting after it against a good SEC team. We've just got to go back to work. We've got four games this weekend and I like the makeup of our team."
Ole Miss took an early 1-0 lead when center fielder Tim Ferguson was hit by a pitch to lead off the first for the Rebels, and Ferguson later scored on a fielder's choice from first baseman Matt Snyder.
The Rebels made it 3-0 with the pair of two-out runs in the third. Second baseman Zach Miller walked and eventually scored on a base hit from left fielder Taylor Hashman, and third baseman Mike Snyder reach on an error before coming home on a single from catcher Taylor Hightower.
The Red Wolves answered with a run in the sixth to cut the Ole Miss lead to 3-1. Left fielder Cody Pace got aboard with an infield single, advanced to second on a ground-out from left fielder Todd Baumgartner, and put ASU on the board when he came home on an RBI single from second baseman Giovanni Garcia.
A solo home run over the left field wall from catcher Kyle DeGrace to lead off the seventh cut the Rebel lead to 3-2, and the Red Wolves got the tying run as far as third base in the eighth, but could not get the runner home.
Sophomore Jacob Lee (0-1) took the loss on the mound for A-State, giving up one run on one hit, with a walk and two strikeouts in two innings of work. Lee combined with relievers Daniel Wright, Drew Benes and John Koch to hold the Rebels to just four hits on the day, all singles, while striking out six.
Sophomore Matt Tracy picked up the win for Ole Miss, giving up one run in five and two-thirds innings of work. Tracy gave up five hits while walking one and striking out four.
DeGrace and Garcia each had two hits and an RBI to lead ASU at the plate.
The Red Wolves will return to action this weekend when they host Milwaukee-Wisconsin in a four-game series at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. Friday's game one is set to get underway at 6:00 p.m.