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Late-inning comeback lifts Ole Miss into decisive game 3 against Louisiana-Lafayette
by PATRICK MAGEE, Sun Herald
Jun 09, 2014 | 414 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The Ole Miss baseball team is one victory away from its first trip to the College World Series in 42 years.

The Rebels discovered their bats late and stayed alive in the NCAA Super Regional with a 5-2 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette (58-9) Sunday night.

The Rebels' win sets up a game three that will send the winner to the College World Series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. today at Moore Field in a game that will be televised by ESPN2.

Ole Miss has come up short in four Super Regionals over the last decade, but it can break that run of futility today.

"We all know (the history)," Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. "This has been a terrific group all year long. I think they're excited about the opportunity to play a very good team at their park in front of a great crowd. We're looking forward to coming out tomorrow and playing well."

Ole Miss (45-19) has to beat a ULL team today that hasn't lost consecutive games all season.

Clutch hits late by Preston Overbey and Colby Bortles and a stellar performance by starting pitcher Christian Trent put the Rebels in this position.

Trent, a sophomore left-hander, did all he could to keep Ole Miss in the contest, giving up one run (none earned) on four hits in seven innings. He tied his career high with seven strikeouts.

"Christian is a great competitor," Bianco said. "He was able to do it with different pitches. Today, he had a good fastball."

Overbey, a senior, was the man who sparked the late offensive surge when he stepped to the plate with two out in the bottom of the seventh.

Overbey saw one of ULL starter Carson Baranik's few mistakes, a hanging breaking ball that he pulled over the left field wall to give the Rebels a 2-1 advantage.

"My job is when a pitcher makes a mistake to capitalize," Overbey said. "He left a curve ball up and I put a good swing on it."

ULL answered in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 2-2 when Ole Miss reliever Aaron Greenwood walked Michael Strentz to start the inning and Blake Trahan brought Strentz home with a two-out RBI single to right field.

Ole Miss gained the lead for good in the eighth when ULL center fielder Seth Harrison dropped Will Allen's deep fly ball, allowing Austin Bousfield to score from second on the play for a 3-2 advantage.

"I missed it," Harrison said. "There's no excuse."

With one out, the pinch-hitting Bortles singled to center field to score Anderson and Allen for the 5-2 lead.

"I was looking for a fastball to drive to right center," Bortles said. "I just drove it up the middle."

Left-hander Cody Boutte (9-0) will be the starting pitcher today for ULL while Ole Miss will counter with right-hander Sam Smith (5-4).
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