LIVE BLOG: No. 2 Ole Miss at UCF (Game 1)
OXFORD, Miss. — No. 2 Ole Miss baseball is on the road for the first time this season, playing UCF in a three-game series that begins today at 5:00 p.m. (CT). This is just the fourth time ever the Rebels have started 8-0. Hotty Toddy!
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FINAL: OLE MISS 8, UCF 7
NOTES: Riley Maddox gets the win for the Rebels. Brandon Johnson gets the save. #HottyToddy
We head to the top of the 9th and the Rebels have a one-run lead, 8-7, after UCF scored one in the 8th. Due up for the Rebels: Dunhurst-Burford-Chatagnier.
TOP OF 9TH
Dunhurst: Hayden draws a leadoff walk to start the 9th! Rebels lead 8-7.
*New pitcher for UCF as Kramer takes the mound for Castellan.
Burford: The Ole Miss third baseman strikes out swinging. One out, runner on first for the Rebels who lead 8-7.
Chatagnier: He pops up to center. Two outs, runner on first for Ole Miss.
Gonzalez: The Ole Miss shortstop draws a walk. Rebels have runners on first and second with two outs. Captain up to bat!
Elko: Captain reaches on a fielder’s choice. Gonzalez out at second and to the bottom of the ninth we go with the Rebels leading 8-7.
BOTTOM OF 9TH
Due up for UCF in B9 will be 4-5-6. The Knights trail the Rebels, 8-7.
Brandon Johnson back to the mound for the Rebels.
McCabe: Johnson gets leadoff batter McCabe to go down swinging! One down!
Russo: Johnson gets Russo to go down swinging! Back to back strikeouts for Johnson and the Rebels!!
Taylor: Johnson strikes him out! REBELS WIN!
FINAL SCORE: OLE MISS 8, UCF 7
Brandon Johnson sat down UCF in order in the 7th. The Rebels lead 8-6 over the Knights. Due up for Ole Miss: Graham-Bench-McCants.
*New pitcher this inning for UCF as Cox takes the mound for Vespi.
Top of 8th
Graham: Kevin grounds out to second but it’s close. He turned on the burners. One down.
Bench: Justin grounds out to short. Two outs, nobody on for the Rebels. Ole Miss leads UCF 8-6.
McCants: TJ with a two-out single to right field!
Kemp Alderman: Kemp on to pinch hit for Leatherwood. He strikes out but hung tough for a good at-bat.
BOTTOM OF 8TH
Due up for UCF: 6-7-8. For the Rebels, Brandon Johnson back to the mound after holding the Knights scoreless in the 7th. Rebels lead 8-6 as we start the frame.
Boedicker: He draws a full count, leadoff walk in the 8th. (Taylor on to pinch run for Boedicker.)
Brooks: The UCF third baseman steps up to bat with one on, nobody out. His Knights trail the Rebels, 8-6. He pops up to TJ McCants for the first out of the frame.
Josten: He draws a one-out walk. Taylor to second. UCF with runners on first and second, trailing the Rebels 8-6. Go-ahead run comes to bat.
Coach Bianco and Hayden Dunhurst to the mound to talk to Brandon Johnson.
Montes: The UCF second baseman has runners on first and second with one out. Rebels lead 8-6. He pops up to second and that’s two outs for UCF. Top of the order due up.
Pena: Back to the top of the order with Pena, the UCF center fielder. He’s got runners on first and second with two outs. Pena draws a 4-pitch walk.
UCF has bases loaded, two outs and Freeland up to bat.
Freeland: He is 1-4 tonight but started the rally that ended up scoring 4 runs for UCF. Count is 3-2 right now…and then he draws a walk that walks in a run.
Game is now 8-7, Rebels. UCF has bases loaded, two outs.
Romano: Arguably the hottest hitter for the Knights is stepping up to bat. He has bases loaded, two outs. Rebels lead by one, 8-7. Count is 1-2 to Romano. JOHNSON GETS HIM TO GO DOWN SWINGING!
END OF 8TH INNING: OLE MISS 8, UCF 7
The game is tied at 6-6 after the Rebels scored 3 in the sixth on back-to-back homers. Due up for Ole Miss: Leatherwood-Dunhurst-Burford.
TOP OF 7TH
Hayden Leatherwood: He grounds out to second to start the seventh.
Hayden Dunhurst: The Ole Miss catcher is up to bat next. He grounds out to third.
Reagan Burford: Rebels’ third baseman comes up to bat with nobody on and two outs with the game tied 6-6. He draws a two-out walk. Top of the order coming up
Peyton Chatagnier: ANOTHER HOMER FOR CHATAGNIER, THIS ONE A TWO-RUN DINGER OVER THE BULLPEN! Ole Miss leads 8-6!! #HottyToddy
Jacob Gonzalez: The Rebel shortstop singles to right field. Ole Miss has runner on, two outs.
Tim Elko: The Captain strikes out and to the B7 we go. Stretch time!
BOTTOM OF 7TH
After a two-run top of the 7th, Ole Miss leads UCF 8-6. New pitcher as senior Brandon Johnson takes the mound for Riley Maddox.
Due up for UCF: 3-4-5
Romano: He lines out to right field to TJ McCants who makes a fantastic dive to make the catch.
McCabe: He grounds out to Gonzalez for the second out of the frame. Nobody on.
Russo: Johnson gets him to go down looking! Three up, three down!!
END OF 7TH INNING: OLE MISS 8, UCF 6
TOP OF 6TH
Rebels trail UCF 6-3 after the Knights score four in the bottom of the 5th. Due up for Ole Miss: Chatagnier, Gonzalez, Elko.
Chatagnier: Great hitting by Peyton! HE HOMERS TO LEFT FIELD, and the Rebels are still fighting! They trail UCF, 6-4 now.
Gonzalez: JACOB HOMERS, too!!! 6-5, Rebels trail by just one.
Elko: THE CAPTAIN HOMERS TO TIE THE GAME AT 6-6!!!!!
*UCF will pull Litchfiel after back to back to back jacks that tie the game at 6-6. Vespi will come on in relief.
Kevin Graham: Graham lines out to second. One out, game tied at 6-6.
Justin Bench: The Rebels’ outfielder strikes out. Two out, nobody on….after the back-to-back-to-back homers. Tie game, 6-6.
TJ McCants: The OM right fielder grounds out to second to end the frame. But not before Ole Miss scores three off three consecutive homers.
BOTTOM OF 6TH
After the Rebels hit three straight homers, the game is tied at 6-6. Due up for UCF: 7-8-9. Riley Maddox back to work on the mound for Ole Miss.
Brooks: He draws a leadoff walk from Maddox on a pitch that just missed. Just a little down in the zone.
Josten: He reaches on a fielder’s choice and Brooks is out at second. Great pitch by Maddox. One out, runner on first. Game tied at 6-6.
Montes: He singles to right field. Josten gets to second. Runners on first and second, one out, for UCF.
Pena: Back to the top of the order with the UCF center fielder. He has runners on first and second with one out. He pops up to center. Two down! Game tied at 6-6.
Freeland: He pops up to center and that’s it for six complete. Game tied 6-6.
Scoreless inning for Riley Maddox on the mound for the Rebs.
END OF SIXTH INNING: OLE MISS 6, UCF 6
TOP OF 5TH
The Rebels trail UCF, 2-0, heading into the top of the 5th. Due up will be: Graham-Bench-McCants. Litchfield has thrown 41 pitches as we start the fifth.
Kevin Graham: WE HAVE A BASE RUNNER! Graham singles up the middle!
Justin Bench: BENCH SINGLES DOWN THE RF LINE! Graham to 3rd. Rebels have a RISP! Runners on the corners with no outs.
TJ McCants: TJ MCCANTS WITH A THREE-RUN HOMER THAT GIVES OLE MISS A 3-2 LEAD OVER UCF!
Hayden Leatherwood: He grounds out to first. Rebels have the lead, 3-2, and Hayden Dunhurst is up to bat.
Hayden Dunhurst: The Ole Miss catcher pops up to right, just barely missing going out of the park. Two outs, nobody on following McCants’ three run homer.
Reagan Burford: The third baseman flies out to right and to the B5 we go. Rebels take the lead, 3-2!
BOTTOM OF 5TH
After TJ McCants hits a 3-run homer in the top of the fifth, Ole Miss now leads UCF, 3-2. Due up for the Knights in the B5 will be: 8-9-1.
Diamond back to the mound; he’s thrown 54 total pitches as he starts the B5. 35 pitches have been strikes and he’s struck out 6 today.
Josten: He draws a full count, leadoff walk. Rebels lead 3-2 but UCF has the tying run on board. That’s just the second walk today for Diamond.
Montes: One-pitch out for Derek Diamond as Montes flies out to McCants in right. One out, runner on first.
Pena: He goes down swinging as Diamond has now struck out 7.
Freeland: The UCF two-hole hitter is up to bat next. Knights have runner on first, two outs. Rebels lead 3-2. Freeland singles to right and Josten goes to second. Two on, two outs.
Romano: The Knights’ first baseman is up to bat next. He’s had a double and a strikeout tonight. Bianco and Dunhurst out to the mound to talk to Diamond for a minute. Riley Maddox is warming up in the Ole Miss bullpen.
Romano with a two-out, three-run homer on a breaking ball up in the zone that gives UCF a 5-3 lead over Ole Miss. That’s Romano’s third homer of the year.
McCabe: The UCF DH comes up to bat next. His Knights now lead Ole Miss 5-3 after Romano’s two-run homer. McCabe doubles down the left field line.
*NEW PITCHER FOR THE REBELS: Riley Maddox takes the mound. UCF has runner on second, two outs.
Russo: He gets an RBI single up the middle that scores McCabe. UCF now leads the Rebels 6-3 after a two-out rally that continues.
Boedicker: The UCF left fielder comes up with two outs, runner on first. Maddox gets him to fly out to left to end the inning. UCF scores 4 this inning.
END OF 5TH INNING: OLE MISS 3, UCF 6
TOP OF 4TH
After Derek Diamond sits down UCF in order in the bottom of the third, the Rebels will head back to the top of the order with Chatagnier-Gonzalez-Elko due up to bat. UCF leads Ole Miss 2-0. Litchfield back to the mound. He’s thrown 27 pitches through three complete.
Chatagnier: The Rebels’ second baseman grounds out to the pitcher.
Gonzalez: The Ole Miss SS is out at first (first baseman to pitcher).
Elko: The Captain comes up to bat with two outs, nobody on, and his team trailing 2-0. He lines out to right field and the Rebels are sat down in order for the fourth straight inning.
BOTTOM OF 4TH
The Rebels trail UCF 2-0 as we head to the UCF portion of the fourth. Due up for the Knights will be 5-6-7.
Russo: The leadoff runner in the fourth for UCF flies out to to Justin Bench in center.
Boedicker: Derek Diamond gets Boedicker to go down swinging!
Brooks: He lines out to left. Three up, three down for Diamond and the Rebels.
END OF 4th INNING: OLE MISS 0, UCF 2
UCF leads Ole Miss 2-0 as we start the third. Due up for the Rebels will be Hayden Leatherwood, Hayden Dunhurst, and Reagan Burford. The Rebels have not reached base yet this game.
TOP OF 3RD
Hayden Leatherwood: The Ole Miss DH singles but is thrown out at second (right fielder to shortstop). One out and Ole Miss trails, 2-0.
Hayden Dunhurst: The Ole Miss catcher pops up to first. Two outs, nobody on.
Reagan Burford: He pops up to center field and the Rebels are sat down in order again.
BOTTOM OF 3RD
Due up for UCF in the bottom of the frame will be 2-3-4 in the order. The Rebels have gone nine up, nine down thus far in the game and trail UCF, 2-0. Diamond has thrown 32 total pitches in this one as we start the UCF part of the 3rd.
Freeland: The UCF shortstop leads off the frame. He flied out to deep right field in his first at bat. This time, Diamond gets Freeland to go down swinging!
Romano: Diamond gets Romano to go down swinging. Two down, nobody on!
McCabe: The UCF DH comes up to bat with two outs, nobody on. He struck out the first time at bat. He fouls out to first and Diamond sits them down in order.
END OF 3RD INNING: OLE MISS 0, UCF 2
After one inning, the Rebels trail UCF, 1-0. Due up for Ole Miss in the second will be Kevin Graham, Justin Bench and TJ McCants. David Litchfield back to the mound for UCF after sitting the Rebels down in order in the first.
TOP OF 2ND
Kevin Graham: Leadoff groundout by Kevin to second to start the second inning.
Justin Bench: Rebels’ OF grounds out to short. Two outs, nobody on for Ole Miss.
TJ McCants: The RF grounds out to second and the Rebels have gone six up, six down thus far in this one.
BOTTOM OF 2ND
Due up for UCF is 6-7-8. UCF leads Ole Miss, 1-0.
Boedicker: Leadoff double for Boedicker to right center.
Brooks: He pops up to left field and Kevin Graham makes the catch. UCF has one out, leadoff runner on second, and a 1-0 lead.
Josten: The UCF right fielder and 8-hole hitter gets an RBI double as he hits to right center and scores Boedicker. UCF takes a 2-0 lead over Ole Miss.
Montes: The nine-hole hitter flies out to McCants. Two outs, runner on second.
Pena: Back to the top of the order with Geoffrey Pena. Josten advances to third on a wild pitch. Pena goes down swinging to end the second.
END OF 2ND INNING: OLE MISS 0, UCF 2
The Rebels will start Derek Diamond on the mound tonight. He is 2-0 this season. Catcher Hayden Dunhurst makes his return to the lineup following a hamstring injury. Due up for Ole Miss in the top of the first: Peyton Chatagnier, Jacob Gonzalez, and Tim Elko.
TOP OF 1ST
Peyton Chatagnier: The Ole Miss second baseman lines out to left field.
Jacob Gonzalez: Gonzalez hits a ground ball to deep second and he’s out at first on a throw to the pitcher.
Tim Elko: The captain strikes out, and UCF sits the Rebels down in order in the first.
BOTTOM OF 1ST
Pena: The UCF center fielder draws a leadoff, full-count walk. He leads the team with 5 stolen bases on the season.
Freeland: The Knights’ shortstop comes up to bat with runner on first, no outs. He flies out to deep right field and TJ McCants makes the catch at the fence. One out, runner still on first.
Romano: The UCF first baseman doubles down the left field line. Pena scores and UCF takes a 1-0 lead on the Rebels.
McCabe: The UCF DH comes up to bat with runner on second and one out. Derek Diamond gets him swinging! Two outs, runner on second for UCF.
Russo: The Knights’ catcher comes up to bat with UCF leading 1-0, runner on second and two outs. Diamond gets him to go down looking on a called strike three! To the second we go.
END OF 1ST INNING: OLE MISS 0, UCF 1
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. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.