On To Monday

Teams are ultimately remembered, right or wrong, by how they finish. That will be the case with this year's Ole Miss baseball team as well.

But nobody from Ole Miss or Washington will forget Sunday's 2-1 Rebel victory to advance to Monday's NCAA Oxford Regional title game.

It was as good a college pitching performance as a fan could ever witness, and that was from two pitchers on both teams.

Starter Christian Trent for the Rebels, not having pitched for 16 days after being for 14 weeks on a seven-day rotation and already a perfect 8-0 on the season, threw 6.1 arguably masterful innings, allowing only one run on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

His reliable teammate, Aaron Greenwood, then took the ball from him, pitched 2.2 innings of relief and was equally effective – no runs, one hit, one walk, and four big strikeouts, including a dramatic top of the ninth inning that got a Husky to fly out, one to strikeout looking and the final out a swinging strikeout.

That sent Washington to a Sunday elimination game against Georgia Tech. The winner sticks around to face the Rebels Monday afternoon.

As for the Huskies pitchers? Just as good. But no surprise.

The Washington starter, Jeff Brigham, said by some to be the best pro prospect on the Huskies' staff, went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

His replacement in the eighth, Will Ballowe, kept things right where they were with two strikeouts and a three-up, three-down inning, giving his team a chance in the ninth.

But Greenwood would have none of that. And the Rebels had advanced.

Some Game Highlights

Washington threatened in the second inning. Branden Berry led off the second with a single. Trevor Mitsui then lined out to Austin Anderson at third base, who attempted a throw to first but Mitsui was back. Then Brian Wolfe hit into a double play as Errol Robinson took a toss from Preston Overbey with his bare hand and threw it to Sikes Orvis at first to end the top of the second.

Austin Anderson led off the fourth with a single to left, followed by a Will Allen single to left. Orvis struck out. J.B. Woodman then doubled to left, scoring Anderson. But a squeeze attempt failed to produce, and Overbey flew out to right. Then a two-out home run to left center for Auston Bousfield increased the Rebel lead to 2-0.

That's the way things stood A Robert Pehl one-out single up the middle after there were two aboard in the seventh score a run, and an error on the relay allowed runners to get to second and third. Aaron Greenwood replaced Christian Trent and struckout pinch hitter Ryan Wiggins. Then Erik Forgione lined out to Overbey for the third out of the inning.

That's when Greenwood took the Rebels home the rest of the way.

Now What?

Ole Miss (43-18) now meets either Georgia Tech or Washington, who were still playing late Sunday night. The winner advances to a Super Regional – either in Oxford or at Louisiana-Lafayette.

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