Rebels continue to play in College World Series win over Hogsoo

Omaha, Neb. (AP) — Tim Elko and Calvin Harris homed in, Hunter Elliott pitched effectively in the seventh inning, and Mississippi went on to beat Arkansas 13-5 on Monday night in a winning streak of the College World Series Finals.

The Rebels (39–22) have won seven straight in the NCAA Tournament since the last team awarded the largest bid.

“It’s real to warm up,” said coach Mike Bianco. “As a coach, you let them go.”

Ole Miss will play against the winner of Tuesday’s elimination game between Arkansas (44-20) and Auburn on Wednesday. The remaining three teams in Bracket 2 are from the Southeastern Conference West Division.

For the sixth time in the CWS, the Rebels will have to lose Wednesday and then Thursday to not reach their first final.

“We are a great team and we knew that from the start,” said lead-off batsman Justin Bench. “We had a rough patch in the middle of the season where we were 7-14. I don’t know how many matches we have won so far, but under Tim Elko’s leadership we have stayed together and won matches.”

Elko put Ole Miss 4-1 in the second inning when he launched Evan Taylor’s high fastball 416 feet into the left-hand side seats for his 23rd homer.

Rebels No. 9 batsman Harris scored a two-run double in the third and a homer in the fifth of four. It was Harris’ second of the season and his first homer since March 29. Harris is hitting .476 (10 off 21) in the tournament with 3 runs for 4 wickets.

The bench was 4 for 6 with two RBIs, as the Rebels finished with 13 hits against seven pitchers. Hoggs released 10 Walks, one of his season highs.

“He played better than us and we need to move on,” said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. “You can’t see the big picture right now. You have to figure out how to play well tomorrow. Win tomorrow and give yourself a chance to get through to the next day.”

Elliott (5–3) had given up an earned run in his 12 1/3 tournament innings, making his debut on a humid 93-degree night. After Arkansas earned three runs, one in the first two innings, the new left-hander took the rest.

“Unfortunately for him, we didn’t play a good defense early on,” Bianco said. “Nothing to take away from Arkansas, but he shouldn’t have missed a run today.”

Elliot walked Cayden Wallace to start third and then lifted it. He worked around the trouble in the fourth and down the Razorbacks in fifth and sixth. He allowed six hits, walked two and hit four, before Mason Nichols took over with one out and a man on base in the seventh.

“Pitching with the lead is huge, and these guys have been able to do that for me lately,” Elliott said. “It is easy to pitch with the lead and not make every pitch perfect. It lets you flood the strike zone and let whatever happens happen. ,

Arkansas starter Jack Morris (6-1) faced seven batsmen and only two were dismissed.

Arkansas scored its first run after losing a flyball off Ole Miss fielder Kevin Graham to Michael Turner in the sun. Graham paused for a moment and it appeared he had no idea where the ball was before the ball came to him. Braydon Webb, who had led with the single, scored from first, and Turner took second with the double.

Hoggs added two unearned runs in the second after a fielding error from shortstop Jacob Gonzalez, but did not score again until Peyton Stovall finished ninth.

Arkansas won two out of three at home against Ole Miss in the regular season. The teams have met 107 times, but this was the first time they were matched in the CWS.

“It’s all about perspective,” Webb said. “We are blessed to still be here and have the opportunity to go out and compete tomorrow. Just play our brand of baseball, have some fun. Tomorrow is a new day.”


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