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LIVE BLOG: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. Louisiana Tech

LIVE BLOG: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, La. — Ole Miss baseball travels to Ruston to play Louisiana Tech today. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. and we’ve got all the action for you here on our live blog!

WE WILL HAVE A BATTER-BY-BATTER UPDATE HERE IN OUR LIVE BLOG THROUGHOUT THE GAME. SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES AND REFRESH AS NEEDED.

FINAL: OLE MISS 1, LA. TECH 13


INNING 9

Top of 9th

Due up for Ole Miss: 6-7-8. LaFleur, McCants, Sammons. Ouellette back to the mound for Tech. 

Trey LaFleur – LaFleur is in to pinch hit for Gonzalez. He strikes out swinging.

TJ McCants – TJ comes up for the second time today. He falls behind 1-2 but then doubles to left field! Came close to getting out of the park but bounced off the top of the fence.

Cade Sammons – Cade grounds out to the pitcher. Two outs for the Rebels.

Knox Loposer – Rebel catcher up next. Ole Miss is trailing 13-1. Knox draws a two-out walk. Rebels have runners on the corners.

Garrett Wood – Wood to pinch hit for Chatagnier. Count is 2-1. He grounds out to third and that ends the game.

FINAL: OLE MISS 1, LA. TECH 13


INNING 8

Top of 8th

Due up for Ole Miss: 1-2-3. Chatagnier-Plumlee-Graham. Cade Gibson back to the mound for La. Tech. Ole Miss trails La. Tech, 13-1.

Peyton Chatagnier – Peyton grounds out to third.

John Rhys Plumlee – He comes in to pinch hit for Bench. John Rhys singles to center!

Pitching change for Louisiana Tech. Cade Gibson will be relieved by Casey Ouellette. That was Gibson’s longest outing of the season. 

Kevin Graham – Ole Miss left fielder/first baseman up next. He’s 2-3 today. Graham reaches on a fielder’s choice. Plumlee out at second. Two down for Ole Miss. Rebs have runner on first.

Tim Elko – Rebs’ cleanup batter up next. He draws a walk. He takes first and Graham to second. Two outs for Ole Miss.

Calvin Harris – Calvin on to pinch hit for Van Cleve. He grounds out to first and that ends the Rebels’ portion of the 8th.

Bottom of 8th

Due up for La Tech: 4-5-6. Mitch Murrell back to the mound for Ole Miss. Rebels trail Louisiana Tech, 13-1. Changes in the field for Ole Miss: Cade Sammons to RF for Leatherwood. Plumlee to CF. 

Netterville – He reaches on a throwing error by Ole Miss third baseman.

Shemar Page – He’s on to pinch hit for Garcia. La. Tech has runner at first with no outs. Page singles to right and Netterville advances to second.

Brantley – Seven-hole hitter Brantley is up next. Brantley reached on a throwing error by pitcher. Page advanced to second; Netterville advanced to third. Tech has bases loaded with no outs. They lead Ole Miss 13-1.

Myers to pinch hit for McConnell – He goes down swinging for the first out of the 8th for the Bulldogs. That’s Murrell’s first K of the game.

Hasler – The La. Tech catcher comes up with bases loaded on one out. He pops up to first. Two down. Bases loaded.

Wallace – He’s on to pinch hit for Ray. Bases loaded, two outs. Tech leads 13-1. He strikes out to end the 8th.

END OF 8TH INNING: OLE MISS 0, LA. TECH 13


INNING 7

Top of 7th

Due up for Ole Miss: 7-8-9. McCants-Leatherwood-Loposer. Cade Gibson back out to the mound for La. Tech. This is the longest outing of the season for Gibson, who had gone 4 against McNeese. 

TJ McCants – McCants, who is playing left field today, is hitting .240. Count is 3-2. He lines out to left.

Hayden Leatherwood – Hayden is in a lefty-vs.-lefty matchup against Gibson. He’s down 0-2 quickly. He grounds out to first. Two up, two down for the Rebels.

Knox Loposer – Ole Miss catcher is up next. He’s had a hit and a walk today. Rebs have nobody on and two outs. He pops up to second. One-two-three go the Rebs. La Tech leads Ole Miss 11-1.

Bottom of 7th

Due up for La. Tech: 7-8-9. Brandon Johnson back to the mound for the Rebs. 

McConnell – La. Tech. left fielder up first. He draws a full-count walk.

Hasler – He is HBP. He takes first and McConnell goes to second.

Ray – La. Tech nine-hole hitter is up next. He doubles down the right field line and McConnell scores. That’s the 7th double for La. Tech tonight.

Young – He comes up to bat at the top of the order. La. Tech has two RISP with no outs and leads Ole Miss 12-1. He draws a four-pitch walk. Bases loaded and no outs.

Pitching change for the Rebels: Mitch Murrell to the mound for Brandon Johnson.

Wells – Two-hole hitter Wells up for the Bulldogs. He steps up to the plate with bases loaded and no outs. Count is 3-1. Wells reaches on a fielder’s choice, RBI. Young out at second ss to 2b. Ray advanced to third; Hasler scored. La. Tech leads 13-1. Runners on the corners with one out.

Bates – He lines into a DP and that ends the 7th.

END OF 7TH INNING: OLE MISS 1, LA. TECH 13


INNING 6

Top of 6th

Due up for Ole Miss: 2-3-4. Bench-Graham-Elko. Rebels trail 7-0. 

Justin Bench – Justin pops up to first.

Kevin Graham – Kevin doubles down the right field line!

Tim Elko – Cleanup batter Elko up next. He lines out to left. Two outs, runner on second for the Rebels.

Ben Van Cleve – He singles to center and Kevin scores! Rebels trail 1-7.

Jacob Gonzalez – Jacob flies out to center. That ends the Ole Miss portion of 6th.

Bottom of 6th

Cody Adcock to the mound for Austin Miller. Due up for La. Tech: 8-9-1. Hasler-Ray-Young. La. Tech leads the Rebels 7-1. 

Hasler – The La. Tech 8-hole hitter will be up first in the 6th. He singles to third. That’s the 10th hit for Louisiana Tech.

Ray – He shows bunt. Rebels field it but the throw hits the runner. Ray reached on a throwing error by 1b, SAC bunt for Ray. He advances to second. Hasler advanced to third.

Young – Young pops up to first. One out, runners on second and third.

Wells – The two-hole hitter is up next. One out, two RISP. Wells draws a walk and La. Tech has bases loaded with one out.

Bates – La. Tech CF is up next. Adcock strikes him out swinging!

Netterville – Cleanup batter is up next for La. Tech. Bulldogs have bases loaded and two outs. Count is 2-1. He goes the opposite way and singles to right field and drives in two. La. Tech leads Ole Miss 9-1. Netterville goes to second on a passed ball. Wells scores. Bulldogs lead 10-1.

Garcia – Garcia doubled down the lf line, RBI (2-0 BB); Netterville scored, unearned. La. Tech leads Ole Miss 11-1.

Pitching change for the Rebels. Brandon Johnson to the mound for Adcock. He is the fifth pitcher for the Rebels today. 

Brantley – La. Tech first baseman up next. He strikes out swinging to end the sixth.

END OF 6TH INNING: OLE MISS 1, LA. TECH 11


INNING 5

Top of 5th

Due up for Ole Miss: 6-7-8. Gonzalez-Baker-Leatherwood. La. Tech leads Ole Miss 3-0. 

Jacob Gonzalez – Jacob Gonzalez is HBP to start the fifth.

Cael Baker – Ole Miss 1B is up next. Cael falls behind 0-2 before striking out swinging. One down, runner on first for the Rebs.

Hayden Leatherwood – Ole Miss RF up now. He falls behind 1-2 and then strikes out swinging. Two outs for the Rebels with runner on first.

Knox Loposer – Rebel catcher and nine-hole hitter up next. He singles to center and Gonzalez goes to second!

Peyton Chatagnier – Back to the top of the order we go. Peyton steps up to bat with runners on first and second and two outs. Rebs trail 3-0. Count is 3-2. Peyton strikes out swinging to end the Rebel part of the 5th.

Bottom of the 5th

Due up for La. Tech: 1-2-3. Young-Wells-Bates. Logan Savell to the mound for Ole Miss to relieve Mallitz. La. Tech leads Ole Miss 3-0. 

Changes in the field for Ole Miss: McCants to left field. Kevin Graham to first. 

Young – Second baseman for La. Tech up first in the fifth. Count is 3-2. Young then singles to left field and the Bulldog leadoff hitter is aboard.

Wells – Third baseman and two hole hitter up next. He singles through the right side and Young goes to third. Runners on the corners with no outs. Very well-executed hit-and-run by the Bulldogs.

Bates – Left-handed CF up next. He singles to center and scores Young. La. Tech leads Ole Miss 4-0. Runners on first and second with no outs.

Pitching change for the Rebels. Austin Miller to the mound for Savell. 

Netterville – Cleanup batter up next for Bulldogs. He’s got a 3-2 count now. He flies out to second! That’s the first out of the fifth. Runners stay at first and second.

Garcia – Bulldogs’ DH up next. Garcia doubled down the lf line, RBI (1-1 BK); Bates advanced to third; Wells scored. La. Tech takes a 5-0 lead over the Rebels.

Brantley – He singles to center field, 2 RBI. Garcia scored; Bates scored. La. Tech takes a 7-0 lead.

McConnell – He grounds into double play ss to 2b to 1b. Brantley out on the play. Bulldogs score 4 and take a 7-0 lead.

END OF 5TH INNING: OLE MISS 0, LA. TECH 7


INNING 4

Top of 4th

Due up for Ole Miss: 3-4-5. Graham-Elko-Van Cleve. Ole Miss trails La. Tech 3-0. Cade Gibson back to the mound for La. Tech. He’s thrown 45 pitches as we start the 4th. 

Kevin Graham – Graham strikes out swinging.

Tim Elko – Cleanup batter and Captain Tim Elko strikes out looking. Two out, nobody on. Rebels trail 3-0.

Ben Van Cleve – Ole Miss DH Van Cleve up next. He falls behind 0-2. He grounds out second and the Rebs are retired in order.

Bottom of 4th

Due up for La. Tech: 7-8-9. Josh Mallitz back to the mound for Ole Miss. He starts the B4 having thrown 60 pitches. 

La. Tech leads the Rebels 3-0.

McConnell – La. Tech LF up first in the 4th. He is out at first. One down.

Hasler – The La. Tech catcher falls behind 0-2 but catches up to even things at 2-2. He goes down swinging! Two outs, nobody on. That’s the 4th strikeout out for Mallitz.

Ray – Nine hole hitter up next. Two outs, nobody on. Another strikeout for Mallitz as Ray goes down swinging!

END OF 4TH INNING: OLE MISS 0, LA. TECH 3


INNING 3

Top of 3rd

Due up for Ole Miss: 8-9-1. Leatherwood-Loposer-Chatagnier. Rebels trail La. Tech 3-0. 

Hayden Leatherwood – Leatherwood grounds out to second for the first out.

Knox Loposer – Ole Miss catcher up next. He’s got a full count on him but remains patient and draws a one-out walk.

Peyton Chatagnier – The Ole Miss 2B up next. He’s comes up with runner at first and one out. Peyton pops up to first.

Justin Bench – Ole Miss CF up next. Rebels have two outs and runner at first. Ole Miss trails 3-0. Bench pops up to short to end the Ole Miss half of the third.

Bottom of 3rd

Due up for La. Tech: 2-3-4. Mallitz back to the mound for the Rebels. He’s thrown 33 pitches as we start the Bulldogs’ portion of the third. La. Tech leads Ole Miss 3-0. 

Wells – Leadoff batter grounds out to Chatagnier at second.

Bates – La. Tech CF up next. The three-hole hitter falls behind 1-2 and then grounds out to Gonzalez at short. Two up, two down for the Bulldogs. Rebels’ Mallitz has retired 8 in a row!

Netterville – Cleanup batter up next. Two out, nobody on in third. He draws a two-out walk. That’s the first walk given up by Mallitz.

Garcia – La. Tech DH up next. He’s got a full count with two outs and Netterville on first. He walks and Netterville advances to second.

Brantley – Six-hole hitter up next for the Bulldogs. Rebels have given up back-to-back walks. Two on, two outs. Count is 3-0 to Brantley. Mallitz bounces back and the count is full. HE GOES DOWN LOOKING!

END OF 3RD INNING: OLE MISS 0, LA. TECH 3


INNING 2

Top of 2nd

La. Tech leads Ole Miss, 3-0. Due up for Ole Miss: 5-6-7 – Van Cleve, Gonzalez, Cael Baker

Ben Van Cleve – Ole Miss DH up first for the Rebels in the 2nd. He falls behind 1-2. Ben flies out to center for the first out of the second.

Jacob Gonzalez – Lefty vs. Lefty matchup here. Rebels have nobody on and one out, trailing 3-0. Jacob flies out to left. Two down for the Rebels with nobody on.

Cael Baker – Ole Miss first baseman up next. He falls behind 0-2 in the count. He then flies out to short and the Rebs go down in order.

Bottom of 2nd

Due up for La. Tech: 8-9-1. Bulldogs lead Ole Miss 3-0.

Hasler – He lines out to short! Gonzalez fields it and sends it to first.

Gray – Nine-hole hitter up next. He’s got a .342 batting average. Mallitz gets him to strike out swinging on the breaking ball! Two down.

Young – Top of the order as the La. Tech 2nd baseman is up to bat. He flies out to left!

END OF 2ND INNING: OLE MISS 0, LA. TECH 3


INNING 1

Top of 1st

Due up first for the Rebels will be: Peyton Chatagnier, Justin Bench, and Kevin Graham. Cade Gibson will start the game on the mound for the Bulldogs. He’s a lefty and is 0-1 on the season with a 6.52 ERA and WHIP of 1.89.

In the bottom of the inning, the Rebels will send Josh Mallitz to the mound. He’s 1-0 with an ERA of 1.35 and WHIP of 1.17. 

Peyton Chatagnier – The Rebels’ second baseman is up first and he flies out to left field.

Justin Bench – Ole Miss CF gets down 0-2 quickly. He lines out to short. Two outs for the Rebs.

Kevin Graham – Rebs’ left fielder up next. Nobody on and two outs. He gets behind 0-2 quickly also. Graham battles back and beats out a single! He hit that one to second. Rebs with a runner on and two outs.

Tim Elko – Captain Elko up to bat. He’s got a 3-1 count.  Elko flies out to left and that is it for the Rebels in the top of the first.

Bottom of 1st 

Josh Mallitz will take the mound for the Rebels. Due up for La. Tech: Young, Wells and Bates. 

Young – Bulldogs’ second baseman up to bat and he doubles down the left field line.

Wells – Another double for the Bulldogs that scores Young. La Tech leads Ole Miss 1-0. No outs and a runner on second.

Bates – Bates has a full count. Runner on second and no outs. La Tech leads 1-0. Bates doubles to left field. Wells goes to third. Runners on the corners, no outs, for La. Tech.

Netterville – Cleanup batter Netterville up next. He’s got runners on corners and no outs. Bulldogs lead 1-0. Bianco out to talk to Mallitz. He doubles to left field and scores both Bates and Wells. La. Tech leads 3-0. 

That’s four straight doubles for Louisiana Tech. They lead 3-0 and have no outs. Runner on first.

Garcia – Leatherwood makes a nice play in right to catch the fly ball. One down.

Brantley – Six-hole hitter up next. He’s got runner on second and one out. La. Tech leads 3-0. Count to Brantley is 1-2. He goes down looking! That’s two outs.

McConnell – Left fielder and seven-hole hitter up next. He grounds out to first!

END OF 1ST INNING: OLE MISS 0, LA. TECH 3

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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