OXFORD, Miss. – The 17th-ranked Arkansas baseball team dropped a pair of games to No. 22 Ole Miss on Saturday at Oxford-University Stadium. The Razorbacks fell 8-2 in the first game and dropped the second game 1-0.
Arkansas is now 27-12 on the season and 8-9 in Southeastern Conference play, while Ole Miss is 27-12 and 9-8 in league play.
Game 1: Arkansas drops series opener at Ole Miss, 8-2
Matt Snyder and Alex Yarbrough each drove in three runs as Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 8-2 in the resumption of the series opener on Saturday afternoon.
The two teams were able to get in three innings on Friday night, before rain caused the game to be suspended. The two teams resumed the opener on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Arkansas had seven different hitters record one hit in the loss. Sam Bates
and Jimmy Bosco
each hit solo homers for the Razorbacks. The homer for Bates was his sixth, while Bosco hit his fourth homer of the season.
Yarbrough led the Rebels at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Snyder hit a pair of home runs, his eighth and ninth of the season, and finished the game with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Will Allen was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored in the win.
Ole Miss reliever Aaron Greenwood (1-0) started on the mound for Ole Miss once play resumed on Saturday afternoon. Greenwood earned his first win of the season, throwing 2.2 innings and allowing a run on three hits with four strikeouts.
Arkansas starter Brandon Moore
(3-1) took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits and striking out one in 2.1 innings.
came out of the Razorback bullpen and pitched well. Fant allowed two runs on seven hits and fanned three in 5.2 innings.
Ole Miss struck first, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Yarbrough reached on an infield single to third. Snyder then followed with a two-run homer that hit off the top of the wall in center field and bounced over for his eighth homer of the season.
Arkansas got a run back in the top half of the second inning when Bates led off the inning by launching a solo homer over the wall in right field for his sixth homer of the year.
The Rebels tacked on three more runs in the home half of the second. With one out, Auston Bousfield walked and then moved to third on a hit-and-run single into right field by Andrew Mistone. Tanner Mathis then lined a single to center to score Bousfield to put the Rebels in front 3-1. A ground out to first by Austin Anderson advanced runners to second and third with two out. Yarbrough brought in the fourth and fifth runs for Ole Miss with a double to the left-center field alley.
Ole Miss added another run in the third. Allen singled to left to begin the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. A ground out to second by Preston Overbey moved Allen to third and a base hit to right field by Zach Kirksey scored him from third to make the score 6-1.
The Rebels stretched the lead to 7-1 when Snyder led off the bottom of the fifth with his second homer of the game, a solo blast into the right field bullpen.
Arkansas answered with a homer of its own in the top of the sixth as Bosco launched a 1-out homer over the right field wall for his fourth homer of the season.
Ole Miss scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Blake Newalu blooped a single to center. Yarbrough then doubled down the left field line to score Newalu from first.
Arkansas’ best chance to cut into the Ole Miss lead came in the seventh when the Razorbacks loaded the bases with two outs for Matt Reynolds
. However, Reynolds flied out to center field to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
The Razorbacks would go down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Game 2: Arkansas drops pitcher’s duel to Ole Miss, 1-0
Ole Miss pitchers Mike Mayers and R.J. Hively combined on a two-hit shutout as Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in front of a stadium-record crowd of 10,603 fans at Oxford-University Stadium.
Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek
(6-2) was fantastic on the mound, but suffered the loss. Stanek gave up a run on five hits and struck out two in 6.1 innings.
pitched the final 1.2 innings and did not allow a hit, while striking out three.
Mayers (4-2) earned the win on the mound for Ole Miss after allowing two hits and striking out four over 6.1 shutout innings. Hively earned his first save of the season as he struck out three in 2.2 hitless innings.
and Dominic Ficociello
each recorded one hit to account for Arkansas’ two hits in the game.
Alex Yarbrough went 1-for-4 with the only RBI of the game for Ole Miss. Andrew Mistone was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Arkansas had the first scoring chance of the game in the top of the third. John Clay Reeves
on a fielding error by Mayers to lead off the inning. Bigham then grounded a hit-and-run single into right field to advance Reeves to third base. The Razorbacks were unable to capitalize as Tim Carver
grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Ole Miss broke the scoreless deadlock with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Andrew Mistone led off the inning with a single and back-to-back sacrifice bunts advanced him to third with two outs. Alex Yarbrough then lined an opposite field single to left field to score Mistone for the first run of the game.
The Razorbacks had scoring chances in both the seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to push across the tying run. In the seventh, Arkansas put runners at first and second with one out, but Derrick Bleeker
grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the eighth, the Razorbacks put the tying run at third with two out, but a ground out to short by Carver ended the threat.
Hively struck out the side in the ninth as Ole Miss held on for the 1-0 win.
Arkansas looks to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday. First pitch for the contest is set for 1:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by CST. Arkansas will start junior right hander DJ Baxendale
(6-2, 3.88), while Ole Miss has not announced a starter for the series finale.