Fayetteville, Ark. – Ole Miss’ Mark Holliman threw a complete-game shutout as the 12th-ranked Rebels claimed a 1-0 win over No. 8 Arkansas in the first game of the three game series.Arkansas dropped to 32-15 overall and 15-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss improved to 34-14 overall and 13-9 in league play.
Clint Brannon (3-3) took the loss despite a strong performance on the mound. Brannon allowed just one run, earned, on seven hits in a career-best eight innings of work. Brannon struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Holliman (7-2) threw his second complete game of the season and struck out seven batters. He did not issue a walk and faced the minimum number of batters in the game, 27.
The loss was the first shutout of the Razorbacks in the last 56 games. Tennessee was the last team to blank the Hogs, also by a 1-0 margin on May 9, 2003, in Knoxville. The game marked the second time this season the Razorbacks have been held to three hits. Illinois-Chicago also held Arkansas to three hits on March 14, in Fayetteville.
Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the third. Seth Smith hit a fly ball deep to center that bounced off Casey Rowlett’s glove and went over the fence for a home run.
Despite the home run, pitching dominated the game. Brannon surrendered just three hits through four innings of play.
Holliman was equally effective for Ole Miss as he limited Arkansas to only one hit through the first five innings, a single by Brady Toops. Arkansas managed only three balls out of the infield, all fly outs.
Ole Miss got a leadoff double from Alex Presley in the bottom of the fifth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Barry Gunther moved Presley to third. Brannon then hit Cooper Osteen to put runners at first and second with only one out.
Brannon worked out of the jam by getting Matt Tolbert to pop out to short and Smith to ground out to first.
Jake Dugger got the second Arkansas hit of the night when he led off the top of the seventh with a single up the middle.
The Razorbacks were unable to take advantage of the leadoff runner as Danny Hamblin struck out and Clay Goodwin hit into an inning ending double play.
Casey Rowlett got the ninth inning off to a good start with a single to right on the first pitch. Holliman got Toops to ground into a double play to clear the bases and put the Razorbacks down to their final out. Stephen Robison then flew to right to end the game.
Arkansas and Ole Miss continue the series at 4 p.m. Saturday. Charley Boyce (6-1) will take the mound for Arkansas.