June 17, 2014
Ole Miss Rallies Past
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. - The Rebels came through in a
Senior John Gatlin had a pinch-hit single with
one out in the bottom of the ninth to plate pinch-runner Aaron
Greenwood with the game-winning run as Ole Miss edged Texas Tech
2-1 Monday afternoon in an elimination game in the 2014 College
World Series in front of 18,828 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Rebels (47-20) will face TCU on Thursday
evening at 7 p.m. CT. The Red Raiders went 0-2 in their first
trip to the College World Series and finished the season at
With the score knotted at 1-1 in the ninth,
pinch-hitter Colby Bortles drew a one-out walk for Ole Miss.
Pinch-hitter Brantley Bell hit a come-backer to pitcher Cameron
Smith, who threw wildly to second trying to start the double
play and allowing Bortles to advance to third. Greenwood took
Bortles' place on third and Gatlin entered as a pinch-hitter. He
delivered a single to right-center to bring home Greenwood with
"Our guys seemed very composed coming back into
the dugout in the bottom of the ninth," Ole Miss head coach Mike
Bianco said. "Just proud we've got a couple freshmen off the
bench with great at-bats. And then John Gatlin gets a base hit.
One of the great things about this profession, about being a
coach, is to watch young men like John that are terrific
representatives of the University. It was one of those neat
things to watch him get a base hit to win it."
"That's why this team is so special," Gatlin
said. "We contribute in so many different ways and when the game
is on the line like that, we're each called upon in different
situations. Every one of us feels like we're prepared for it and
expected to get the job done. It goes back to the toughness that
we've been preaching all year."
Scott Weathersby (4-1, 1 IP, H, R) picked up the
win in relief of Christian Trent (6 H, BB, 6 K), who tossed
eight scoreless innings.
"I felt early on my fastball command was good,"
Trent said. "Really got good use of my slider and changeup. I
was able to keep them off-balance and use those pitches in full
Ole Miss snapped the scoreless tie in the
seventh. Sikes Orvis reached on a one-out error and moved to
second when J.B. Woodman drew a walk. With two away,
pinch-hitter Holt Perdzock hit the first pitch he saw just
inside the third base bag for a single to plate Orvis with the
Tech tied it in the top of the ninth. Adam Kirsch
had a one-out single to center and was replaced by the speedy
Zach Davis, who proceeded to steal second and third.
Pinch-hitter Anthony Lyons sent a fly ball to right on which
Will Jamieson made a diving catch. It was deep enough to bring
home Davis with the tying run.