Oxford, Miss. – The Rebels’ Charlie Babineaux hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs on the day to lead No. 12 Ole Miss to a 5-3 win over No. 8 Arkansas Sunday afternoon.The loss dropped Arkansas to 33-16 overall and 16-8 in the Southeastern Conference. The loss gave Ole Miss its first series win over Arkansas in the last nine tries.
Ole Miss improved to 35-15 overall and 14-10 in SEC play.
Boyd Goodner (2-3) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up one run, earned, on one hit in three innings of relief work. Goodner did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Brian Pettway (2-3) earned the win after going three and two-thirds innings in relief. Pettway allowed only one hit with one walk and three strikeouts.
The Razorbacks got off to a promising start as Casey Rowlett and Danny Hamblin each singled to open the game. Clay Goodwin was unable to drive in a run as he grounded into a double play for the first two outs of the inning. Rowlett moved to third on the play.
Scott Hode then grounded out to short to end the inning.
Pettway gave Ole Miss a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to open the bottom of the second inning. Pettway’s shot was ruled fair after it hit off left fielder Jake Dugger’s glove as he was running into foul territory.
The Rebels added another run in the second when Chris Coghlan doubled and later scored on a ground out by Alex Presley.
Arkansas starter Trey Holloway was chased after a pair of two-out singles in the second inning. Ryan Lennerton was brought in and forced a fly out to end the inning.
Lennerton set the Rebels down in order in the third and seemed to be finding a groove until Charlie Babineaux hit a solo home run to left with one out in the fourth inning. It pushed the Ole Miss lead to 3-0.
Ole Miss starter Matt Maloney was in control on the mound for the Rebels. After giving up a pair of hits in the first inning, he allowed only two more over the next four innings of plays.
Arkansas twice put runners in scoring position after the first inning, putting runners at second and third in the fourth inning and a runner a third in the fifth inning, but was unable to take advantage of either situation.
Lennerton was pulled in the fifth inning after he hit a batter and walked another to give the Rebels to on with no outs.
Goodner was put in to halt the Ole Miss scoring threat. Goodner got Seth Smith to line out to Devin Day at second for the first out of the inning.
Stephen Head then grounded out to first for the second out. The runners moved to second and third on the play.
Pettway was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Coghlan, who flied out to left to end the inning without a run crossing the plate.
Hamblin pulled the Hogs closer with a solo home run to open the sixth inning. It was his seventh dinger of the season. Goodwin immediately followed with a single through the left side.
After Hode flied out, Haas Pratt singled to left to put runners at first and second with one out. Dugger made it a 3-2 game with a single to left that plated Goodwin from second base. Pratt moved to third on the play.
Brett Hagedorn pinch hit for Blake Parker and hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Pratt and tied the game.
Ole Miss quickly regained the lead with a solo home run by Babineaux to open the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Babineaux’s second home run of the day.
The Razorbacks missed scoring chances as they stranded runners in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Rebels added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Pettway doubled to right and scored on a single to center by Babineaux.
Pettway retired the Razorbacks in order in the ninth to end the game.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday, May 11, against Texas-Pan American. First pitch from Baum Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m.