OXFORD, Miss. (ASU) — The Arkansas State baseball suffered a 10-4 loss at No. 11 Ole Miss Wednesday night at Oxford-University Stadium and Swayze Field.
The Red Wolves led 4-2 after 5 ½ innings but could not hold the lead as the Rebels rallied to eight runs in the seventh and eighth runs to hand A-State is third loss against an SEC opponent this season. A-State fell to 15-8 overall on the year, while Ole Miss improved to 22-4 on the year.
"We did some good things tonight and saw some positives out there," ASU head baseball coach Tommy Raffo said. "We had a couple of good innings and were able to manufacture some runs, but then they came back and had a couple of big innings late and when you are playing a team at home you can't allow that to happen."
ASU broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth with a pair of runs to take a 4-2 lead. Ryan Emery started the inning with a single to left-center and Logan Uxa reached when he attempted to move Emery to second with sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error by the Ole Miss first baseman allowed the A-State left-hander to reach. Emery advanced to third on the error, while Uxa moved to second on the play.
Emery scored on the next at-bat when Claude Johnson sent a single to the left side and Austin Baker followed with a single down the left field line that allowed to Uxa score and give the Red Wolves a 4-2 advantage.
The Rebels loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half, but Seth McWilliams pitched out of the jam without allowing a run to cross the plate. McWilliams struck out Will Allen for the first out of the inning and then got pinch-hitter Holt Perdzocok to fly out to short left field and Stuart Turner was thrown at home trying to tag up on the play to end the inning.
The lead would not last, however, as Ole Miss scored five run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-4 lead. The Rebels were aided by two fly balls to shallow left and center field than just fell out of the Red Wolves outfield that helped extend the inning. The Rebels tacked on three more in the bottom of the eighth inning to set the final at 10-4.
Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead after the first inning but the Red Wolves bounced in the top of the second inning. Johnson reached base after being hit by a pitch and Ryan Roberts continued his hot hitting at the plate by driving in Johnson with an RBI double to right-center field. Roberts moved to third after a sacrifice bunt from Austin Baker and scored on an infield single from Alex Potts to give ASU a 2-1 advantage in the top of the second inning.
The Rebels wasted little time in erasing the early deficit, getting the run back in the bottom of the inning when Sikes Orvis scored on an RBI single by Preston Overbey. Orvis led off with a bloop single to shallow center field and then moved into scoring position after Woodhouse was called for a balk.
Cody Woodhouse started the game and went 3.2 innings, but was lifted in the bottom of the fourth inning after putting two runners on base. Freshman Tanner Ring replaced him and proceeded to get a groundout to get A-State out of the inning before any damage could be done.
The Red Wolves will travel to Miami, Fla., for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series with Florida-International this weekend. Friday night's game is set to begin at 5 p.m. central time, while Saturday's contest with have a 3 p.m. start. Sunday's game will start at 10 a.m. to help accommodate A-State's travel schedule.