LIVE BLOG: Ole Miss. vs. Oral Roberts (Game 3)
OXFORD, Miss. — No. 2 Ole Miss (13-1) takes on Oral Roberts (9-5) in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader. First pitch set for 3:45 pm CT. The Rebels clinched the series with a 6-2 win in the first game of the day.
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FINAL: ORAL ROBERTS 8, OLE MISS 4
Oral Roberts leads Ole Miss 8-4. Lefty Jackson Kimbrell to the mound for Mason Nichols. This is Kimbrell’s third appearance of the season.
Top of 7th
Due up for ORU: 5-6-7.
Denny: Kimbrell gets leadoff Denny to go down looking. ONE OUT!
*New pitcher for Ole Miss: Drew McDaniel to the mound for Kimbrell.
Loftin: Loftin will face Drew McDaniel as Coach Bianco elects to go for a righty-righty matchup. McDaniel gets him swinging! TWO OUTS!
Cox: The Golden Eagles’ seven-hole hitter is up next. Oral Roberts has nobody on, two outs and leads Ole Miss, 8-4. McDaniel gets him to go down swinging!
Bottom of 7th
Ole Miss heads into the Rebels’ final at-bat, trailing 8-4. The Rebels have due up: 8-9-1. Dunhurst-Burford-Chatagnier.
*New pitcher for ORU: RHP Evan Kowalksi in for Denton.
Dunhurst: Leadoff walk for the Ole Miss catcher.
Burford: He grounds into a double play. Two outs, nobody on.
Chatagnier: Peyton lines out to first and that’s the ballgame.
FINAL: ORAL ROBERTS 8, OLE MISS 4
Oral Roberts leads Ole Miss 5-4 as we start the 6th. Riley Maddox back to the mound for the Rebels.
Top of 6th
Due up for ORU: 7-8-9
Cox: He grounds out Chatagnier on the first pitch. ONE OUT.
McMurray: He grounds out to short. TWO DOWN. (Play of out at first is under review, and it stands Runner is out.)
Jones: He hit an opposite field home run last time he was at bat. He draws a walk. ORU has runner on first, two outs.
Quinn: Leadoff batter up next for Oral Roberts. He singles to left and Jones goes to second. ORU leads Ole Miss 5-4.
McCroskey: He steps up to bat with runners on first and second, two outs. He hits a two-run double down the right field line. Quinn scores, Jones scores. ORU takes a 7-4 lead. (Note, it looked as if Maddox had struck him out prior to that hit, but the umpire didn’t agree.)
Demeter: He doubles to right center and scores McCroskey. ORU takes an 8-4 lead over the Rebs.
*New pitcher for the Rebels. Mason Nichols in relief for Maddox.
FINAL Line for Riley Maddox: 1.0 IP | 3 H | 3 R | 3 ER | 1 BB |
Breeze: Third baseman Breeze up to bat next and will face new pitcher, Mason Nichols. MADDOX GETS HIM LOOKING to end the frame!
Bottom of 6th
Oral Roberts leads Ole Miss 8-4 as we begin the bottom of the 6th. Due up for the Rebels: Gonzalez-Elko-McCants.
*New pitcher for ORU: RHP Cade Denton for Archambo.
Gonzalez: Jacob pops up to short. ONE OUT.
Elko: The Captain draws a full-count walk.
McCants: He doubles down the left field line. Elko advances to second, but is out at third (left field to 3b). TWO OUTS.
Leatherwood: McCants advances to third on a passed ball. Leatherwood is walked. Rebels with runners on the corners, two outs.
Alderman: He flies out to center to end the inning.
END OF 6TH: ORAL ROBERTS 8, OLE MISS 4
Oral Roberts leads Ole Miss 5-4 as we start the fifth. Hunter Elliott back to the mound for the Rebels.
Top of 5th
Due up for ORU: 3-4-5. That’s Demeter-Breeze-Denny.
Demeter: Leadoff single for Demeter.
Breeze: Elliott gets him to go down swinging! ONE OUT.
Denny: Five-hole hitter Denny up next. He has runner on first, one out. Elliott gets him to go down swinging, too! TWO OUTS.
*New pitcher for Ole Miss: Riley Maddox to mound for Hunter Elliott. Ole Miss trails ORU, 4-5.
Final line for Elliott: 2.0 IP | 2 H | 1 R | 1 ER | 1 BB | 3 K
Loftin: Shortstop Loftin up to bat next. He hit a home run in his last at bat in the third inning. Demeter advances to second on a wild pitch. Loftin grounds out to second to end the frame!
Bottom of 5th
Ole Miss trails ORU, 4-5. But the Rebels have 9-1-2 coming to the plate. That’s Burford-Chatagnier-Bench.
Burford: The Ole Miss third baseman grounds out to the pitcher. ONE OUT.
Chatagnier: Peyton strikes out swinging. TWO OUTS.
Bench: Ole Miss center fielder Justin Bench up to bat and he grounds out.
Rebels go down in order.
END OF 5TH: ORAL ROBERTS 5, OLE MISS 4
Ole Miss scores 4 in the bottom of the third to tie the game, 4-4! Hunter Elliott back to the mound for Ole Miss.
Top of 4th
Due up for ORU: 8-9-1
McMurray: He grounds out to short. ONE OUT.
Jones: The No. 9 hitter hits a homer to right center. ORU takes a 5-4 lead over the Rebels.
Quinn: He draws a walk. ORU with runner on first, one out. And Dunhurst THROWS HIM OUT AT SECOND!! Two outs.
McCroskey: He grounds out to end the frame.
Bottom of 4th
Ole Miss trails Oral Roberts, 4-5. Due up for Ole Miss: McCants-Leatherwood-Alderman
TJ McCants: The Rebel right fielder grounds out to second. ONE OUT
Leatherwood: Hayden singles through the right side. Tying run is on base!
Alderman: Kemp reaches on a FC. Leatherwood is out at second (3b to 2b). TWO OUTS
Dunhurst: Ole Miss catcher is up to bat next. He grounds out to second. Rebels strand runner on first.
END OF 4TH: ORAL ROBERTS 5, OLE MISS 4
Game is scoreless as we start the third. Jack Dougherty to the mound. He’s thrown 38 pitches as we start the third.
Top of 3rd
Due up for ORU will be 1-2-3.
Quinn: He leads off with a foul out to Burford at third. ONE OUT.
McCroskey: The ORU second baseman is up next. He singles up the middle. Golden Eagles with a runner on base, one out.
Demeter: ORU DH Demeter up to bat with runner on, one out. Demeter is hitting .250 on the season, .200 with runners on. He was HBP first time up in this game. He singles to second. McCroskey goes to second.
Breeze: ORU cleanup batter comes up with runners on first and second, one out. He singles through the right side. The Golden Eagles have bases loaded, one out.
Denny: Denny reaches on a FC and run scores. After review, Denny is ruled safe. Oral Roberts takes a 1-0 lead.
Loftin: He launches a 3-run homer to left. Oral Roberts takes a 4-0 lead over Ole Miss.
*New pitcher for the Rebels as Hunter Elliot takes the mound for Jack Dougherty.
Jack Dougherty’s final line: 2.2 IP | 5 H | 4 R | 4 ER | 1 BB | 4 K
Cox: The ORU center fielder comes up to bat with new pitcher Dougherty on the mound. Elliott gets him looking to end the frame.
Oral Roberts leads the Rebels, 4-0. Due up: 7-8-9: Alderman-Dunhurst-Burford
Alderman: Kemp strikes out swinging as we start the home portion of the third.
Dunhurst: HOME RUN TO CENTER FIELD!!! Ole Miss is on the board. ORU leads 4-1.
Burford: Ole Miss third baseman doubles through the left side! That’s his third double of the series.
Chatagnier: The Rebels’ second baseman comes up with RISP, one out. He strikes out looking.
Bench: The Ole Miss center fielder comes to bat with runner on second, two outs. ORU leads 4-1. HE DOUBLES TO RIGHT CENTER AND SCORES BURFORD! OLE MISS trails just 4-2 now. What an outstanding at-bat for Bench.
Jacob Gonzalez: TWO-RUN HOMER FOR JACOB!! GAME IS NOW TIED, 4-4!!
Elko: He grounds out but the damage is done! We head to 4th tied, 4-4.
END OF 3RD INNING: ORU 4, OLE MISS 4
Game is scoreless as we start the second. Jack Dougherty back to the mound for the Rebels.
Top of 2nd
Due up for Oral Roberts: 6-7-8.
Loftin: Leadoff groundout! Loftin grounds out to short. ONE OUT.
Cox: Dougherty gets him swinging! TWO OUTS.
McMurray: He gets a two-out single up the middle. He’s 2-for-4 on the day.
Jones: 9-hole hitter Jones up to bat. Dougherty gets him swinging! That’s 4 strikeouts through two innings for Dougherty.
Bottom of 2nd
Game is still 0-0. Due up for the Rebels: 4-5-6. That’s Elko-McCants-Leatherwood
Elko: The Captain strikes out swinging. One out
McCants: He grounds out to second. Two outs.
Leatherwood: He flies out to center.
Rebels go three up, three down.
END OF 2ND INNING: ORAL ROBERTS 0, OLE MISS 0
Jack Dougherty will take the mound for the Rebels in game three of the series with Oral Roberts. Jack has recorded 12 Ks in five innings and is yet to have surrendered a run.
Top of 1st
Quinn: He gets a leadoff, full-count walk for Oral Roberts as we begin game three of the series.
McCroskey: Dougherty strikes him out! ONE OUT.
Demeter: He’s HBP. Quinn to second. ORU has runners on first and second with one out.
Breeze: ORU cleanup hitter and third baseman is up to bat next with runners on first and second, one out. He flies out to right. Quinn on third.
Denny: He steps up to bat with runners on the corners, two outs. The ORU right fielder is hitting .304 on the season. Dougherty gets him swinging!
Bottom of 1st
Game is scoreless. Due up for Ole Miss: Chatagnier-Bench-Gonzalez. AJ Archambo is on the mound for Oral Roberts.
Peyton Chatagnier: The Ole Miss second baseman leads off with a fly out to right. ONE OUT.
Justin Bench: Ole Miss center fielder is hitting .340 on the season. He strikes out swinging.
Jacob Gonzalez: The Rebels’ shortstop is up with nobody on, two outs. He strikes out and the Rebels go down in order.
END OF 1ST INNING: ORAL ROBERTS 0, OLE MISS 0
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.