May 26, 2010

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CBI Live
Pomeranz stifles South Carolina

By Jimmy Jones

Special to

(photos by Jimmy Jones)


HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss ace Drew Pomeranz (right) showed a record crowd of 12,514 sun-drenched fans why he was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year with seven innings of shutout ball to lead the Rebels to an impressive 3-0 win over third-seeded South Carolina Wednesday afternoon.


Pomeranz, a 6-5, 231-pound junior left-hander, allowed six hits, walked one and had seven strikeouts in allowing just two base runners to reach third base in picking up his eighth win against two losses.


Brett Huber closed the game out with two innings of one-hit ball to earn his 11th save. The right-hander walked one and had one punch-out to move his team into the winners’ bracket.


The sixth-seeded Rebels (38-20) scored two runs in the third inning when Mike Snyder led off with a base hit into left field. Kevin Mort’s attempted sacrifice became a fielder’s choice as Gamecocks starter Nolan Belcher fielded the ball and fired to second to force Snyder for the first out. Small ball failed, so catcher Miles Hamblin (right) played long ball with a two-run blast over the right-field barrier to put the Rebels up 2-0.


South Carolina (43-15) squandered its biggest threat of the day in the second inning when it loaded the bases on a Christian Walker base hit followed by single off the bat of third baseman Adrian Morales. Pomeranz pitched out of the jam by inducing a ground out from Bobby Haney.


The Rebels’ final run came in the seventh inning on a two-out RBI single by Taylor Hashman.


The Gamecocks finished with seven hits, with Christian Walker and Jackie Bradley Jr. (right) collecting two hits apiece.


Hamblin supplied the big blow for the Rebels, with Hashman contributing two hits.


Ole Miss advances to play Alabama on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and South Carolina plays an elimination game against Auburn at 9:30 a.m.