Coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball watched as their season came to an end Monday in the Fayetteville Super Regional.
Coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball (41-27) were back in action Monday afternoon as they faced off against Arkansas in game-three of the Fayetteville Super Regional. The Rebels entered the final game of the super coming off a 13-5 win over the Hogs on Sunday. With the series tied, the Rebels would need a win to punch their ticket for the CWS in Omaha.
Ole Miss got on the board first with 1 run in the top of the first inning to take the early 1-0 lead. The Hogs responded with 4 runs in the bottom of the second to take the 4-1 lead. The Hogs then added 3 runs in the bottom of the third inning to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Hogs would add 1 run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to make it a 9-1 game. The Hogs then added 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to 14-1 which would ultimately be the final score and end the Rebels 2019 season. OHT looks at the loss by the numbers.
By The Numbers
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In the season ending loss there were 5 Rebels who combined for 7 hits with 2 Rebels recording multiple hit games. Leading all Rebels at the plate was junior Cooper Johnson and sophomore Tyler Keenan who each went 2 for 4. Johnson had 1 RBI. Seniors Ryan Olenek and Jacob Adams each went 1 for 3 at the plate while junior Cole Zabowski went 1 for 4.
Freshman right-hander Gunnar Hoglund drew the expected start for Mike Bianco and the Rebels. Hoglund went for 2.0 innings allowing 6 earned runs on 5 hits with 1 K, 1 BB and 1 HBP.
Junior right-hander Austin Miller entered in the third and went for 2.0 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits with 1 K and 1 BB. Right-hand closer Parker Caracci entered in the fifth and went for 1.2 innings allowing 5 earned runs on 3 hits with 2 Ks, 2 BB and 1 HBP.
Coach Bianco went to the bullpen in the sixth and junior left-hander Zack Phillips took the hill and finished out the game for the Rebels. Phillips went for 2.1 innings allowing no hits with 1 K.
While nobody likes to see the season come to an end, coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss baseball did have a very good year. The way it ended wasn’t pretty and now there are questions among Ole Miss baseball fans about the lack of preparation for a tough Arkansas foe. It’s a game called baseball and anybody can win on any given day. The Rebels fell short in 2019 and it hurts but we know there are good things to come in the future for Ole Miss baseball.
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Please be sure to check back here for more updates on Ole Miss baseball and the 2019 MLB draft which will likely affect the Rebels roster headed into the 2020 season. Congrats to coach Bianco and Ole Miss baseball on a very good 2019 season. Hotty Toddy!