C Justin Brashear, Ole Miss*
1b Mark Hamilton, Tulane*
2b Justin Henry, Ole Miss
3b Chris Coghlan, Ole Miss
SS Cat Everett, Tulane
OF Mark Wright, Ole Miss
Of Logan Power, Ole Miss
Of Nathan Southard, Tulane
OF Patrick Weaver, South Alabama
DH Jon-Jon Hancock, Ole Miss
P P.J. Walters, South Alabama*
P Garrett White, Ole Miss
Ole Miss defeats Tulane 12-4 to capture the Oxford Regional.
Ole Miss players do not dogpile after the game. Said catcher Justin Brashear "We learned from Texas in the Super Regional last year. We have unfinished business."
Next up for Ole Miss: The U of Miami.
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Stoney Stone in to pitch for Ole Miss, replacing Lance Lynn. Lynn got a large cheer as he left the field. Seven innings, two runs, seven hits, seven strikeouts, one walk. Lynn is responsible for a runner on first.
In the bottom of the eighth, it's 10-2 Ole Miss.
According to the satelite radar, the cell of thunderstorms approaching the Oxford area will split just before it htis Oxford and pass on either side of the city.
At the ballpark, OM pitcher Lance Lynn brought the Rebel fans to their feet by getting a 3-2 count with two outs on TU's Seth Henry and OM right fielder Mark Wright got a cheer from the fans by catching Henry's fly ball.
Top seven, it's OM 9, TU 2.
With two outs in the fifth, Ole Miss' seven and eight-hole hitters came up big yet again. Justin Brashear had an RBI single and Mark Wright crushed a two-out 413-foot home run.
Tulane just replaced Stephen Porlier with Trey Martin
In the fifth, it's OM 8, Tulane 2
OM catcher Justin Brashear of Lake Charles, La., just had his second RBI hit of the game and then Mark Wright followed with a two-run double to put Ole Miss on top.
Cotton Eye Joe is playing and the fans are clapping. Hey.
5-2 Ole Miss entering the bottom of the third.
Tulane had runners on second and third with two outs in the second inning and brought leadoff hitter Matt Riser to the plate. OM pitcher Lance Lynn worked the count to 0-2, enticing the Ole Miss fans to stand and clap. Three pitches later, Lynn blew a fastball past Riser for strike three. The crowd stood and cheer and Lynn pumped his first and spun as he sprinted off the mound.
After two innings, Tulane and Ole Miss are tied at 2.
Tulane first baseman Mark Hamilton entered today without a hit in the regional. Hamilton now has four hits and just hit a home run for the second straight at bat (the first came in the USA game). The two-run shot put Tulane ahead 2-0 after one inning.
OM shortstop Zack Cozart made a great throw from deep in the hole to retire the side.
Tulane players sprinted out of the dugout to greet pitcher Stephen Porlier after he got out of a first and second one out jam with a couple of fly outs. TU faithful began chanting "Green" "Wave."
TU has a large following up the first base line. OM fans have filled the rest of the grandstand and fill most of the hill along the third baseline and throughout the OF. Crowd looks a bit smaller than yesterday's 7,400 but huge.
What they may not know, however, is that thunderstorms on the radar appear headed this way.
Bottom 1st no score
As Tulane and Ole Miss warm up for tonight's first regional championship game, the PA system at Oxford-University stadium just played "Omaha" by the Counting Crows. As the song ended, the Ole Miss continent clapped and the Rebels walked from right field into the third-base dugout.
Tulane fans have recited the Hallabaloo cheer 17 times this afternoon. It's not a short cheer either.
The only thing that stopped Tulane in the last inning was Tulane. With runners on first and second, Warren McFadden hit a shot through the left side that hit runner Matt Riser for the third out.
Tulane 17, USA 9 bottom 8
Tulane center fielder Nathan Southard has four hits today, including a two-run single in the seventh to put Tulane on top of South Alabama 16-3 entering the bottom of the seventh.
After entering the regional with a .290 batting average, Tulane has been offensive the last two days. The Green Wave had 12 runs on 13 hits against B-CC yesterday. They've already gotten 16 runs on 15 hits through 6.5 today.
Looks like Ole Miss and Tulane for the regional champiosnhip. If so, tonight's game would pit OM freshman right-hander Lance Lynn against TU right-hander Stephen Porlier.
Tulane left fielder Matt Riser scored twice in Tulane's nine-run fifth inning as the Green Wave now leads South Alabama 11-3 entering the sixth.
The Green Wave sent 13 hitters to the plate in the monster inning, and South Alabama used 3 pitchers.
South Alabama was nearly out of it when Tim Guidry hit a ground ball up the middle with two outs. Jaguar shortstop Guillermo Martinez threw the ball to second rather than to first, and Tulane's Brad Emaus beat the throw.
Tulane added six runs after that.
Former LSU coach Skip Bertman used to say that any time a player was hit by pitch to lead off an inning, he always came around to score. Such was the case for South Alabama in the bottom of the first. Jaguar center fielder Tyler Jones was hit with an 0-2 pitcher by TU starter Brandon Gomes to lead off the game and came around via a balk and an error.
Jaguars score twice more in the inning before a failed steal attempt ended the frame.
After one, USA leads Tulane 3-2. It's going to take a lot of runs to win this one.
Tulane and South Alabama just got started at Oxford-University Stadium.
The Green Wave scored two runs in the top of the first after Matt Riser and Cat Everett walked. Riser scored on a ground out and Everett scored on a Nathan Southard double.
Things got interesting as the Jaguars put runners on the corners with two outs and sent top hitter David Freese (.415 average) to the plate. With a 1-2 count, OM pitcher Garrett White got Freese to ground out to second.
OM 9, USA 7 top 9.
With darkness setting in in Oxford, Ole Miss replaced reliever Cody Satterwhite with left-hander Garrett White. Last night, White struck out the side to earn a save.
USA has a runner on first base with no outs after Joel Collins was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the eighth. Still 9-7 Rebels.
Chris Coghlan got the Oxford crowd roaring again with a two-run 382-foot home run to right field to put Ole Miss on top 9-7 entering the bottom of the eighth.
The singer on the PA wears his sunglasses at night.
With the crowd on its feet, Ole Miss reliever Cody Satterwhite struck out Jeff Cunningham looking to send the 7-7 tie between Ole Miss and South Alabama into the eighth. OM catcher Justin Brashear spiked the ball after the call.
USA had runners on first and second with no outs before Brashear picked David Doss off of second base and Satterwhite got back-to-back strikeouts.
It helped Satterwhite save face after getting himself into the jam by walking Lance Heisler when Heisler was attempting to bunt after Doss led off with a single.
Stretching in Oxford.
USA reliever Chase Christainson escaped a bases loaded one-out jam by retiring Ole Miss' top two power hitters. Justin Brashear struck out on a curveball and Mark Wright grounded out to second and the crowd was hushed.
Home plate umpire Bob Homolka punctuated the strikeout by jumping and double pumping his arms. He's got the wildest strikeout call I've seen.
Things are getting loud at Oxford-University Stadium as Ole Miss has tied the game at seven and loaded the bases with one out. Most recently, Logan Power drew a 3-1 count, enticing almost the entire grand stand (excpet an island of South Al) fans to stand up and making conversation (even in the enclosed press box) a challenge. Power walked and SOuth Alabama replaced pitcher Eric Gonzalez with Chase Christianson.
After allowing two walks, a home run a single and a pitch to the backstop in the sixth inning, USA staarter Zach Picolla was pulled in the frame after throwing 116 pitchers.
Eric Gonzalez is now pitching. South Alabama leads 7-5 in the top of the seventh. Ole Miss has runners on first and second with no outs.
Ole Miss just lifted Brett Bukvich in favor or right-handed reilever Cody Satterwhite;
Bukvich, who allowed five runs on 12 hits in five-plus innings left to a mostly standing ovation.
South Alabama leads 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on first and no outs.
South Alabama's Zack Piccola really has command of his curveball today. He just used the pitch the strike out Rebel third baseman Chris Coghlan and strand a runner on third base.
Home plate umpire Bob Homolka has a pretty exaggerated strike motion, doing a kind of dance whenever he punches someone out.
Through four and a half its 4-2 South Al
New Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy is at Oxford-University Stadium for the second day in a row. Kennedy is sitting behind home plate.
The giant crowd has also made its bias obvious. On a pitch that Ole Miss pitcher Brett Bukvich threw to a right-handed hitter that went deep into the left-side batting box, the crowd booed for a strike call.
South Alabama leads 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
So far, South Alabama's hitters have been as good as advertised. The Jaguars entered today's game with a .325 team average and have already notched eight hits and scored four runs through three.
Entering the top of the fourth, its USA 4, OM 2.
South Alabama had a runner on first and two outs when Jeff Morris sent a screamer down the third-base line. Ole Miss third baseman Chris Coghlan dove toward the line and speared the ball while fully extended in midair to end the inning.
OM 2, USA 1 top 3rd
Ole Miss answered South Alabama's first inning with two runs in the second. Mark Wright hit a two-out single that glanced off leaping shortstop Guillermo Martinez's outstretched glove. Jon-Jon Hancock then flew out to just in front of the wall in left field.
Ole Miss 2, USA 1 bottom 2nd
After allowing the first three runners to reach base, Ole Miss pitcher Brett Bukvich escapped the jam by picking Patrick Weaver off of second, getting a strikeout and getting a ground out.
After one inning, Jags lead Rebels 1-0.
Three batters into the bottom of the first, USA is a home run shy of a team cycle. Tyler Jones led off with a triple, Patrick Weaver doubled him in and David Freese had an ifield single.
Weaver was just picked off second and four-hole hitter David Doss is down 0-2.
Walking out of the post-game press conferences, it really hits you.
I don't know what the crowd will be announced as for this Ole Miss-South Alabama game, but Oxford-University stadium is packed. Waht really hit me more than the fact taht there is not a single seat available in the grandstand, that there are people standing on the concourse or that the outfield hills are several people deep from end to end is that fact that the hill along the third base line is about completely full of people.
Bethune-Cookman's Nabil Sagbini hit a three-run home with with no outs in the ninth and Drew Clark proceeded to walk.
12-7 Tulane now. TU coach Rick Jones just finished meeting wtih relief pitcher Matt Goebel.
Tulane just took out pitcher Billy Mohl after eight innings of work. Mohl allowed four runs on seven hits, while walking three, hitting two and striking out five. Matt Goebel is now pitching for Tulane.
B-CC has thrown seven pitchers.
Tulane is leading 12-4 with a runner on first and no outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Entering today's game against Tulane, Bethune-Cookman right-handed closer Francisco Gomez hadn't allowed a run since giving up a walk-off home run against Penn State March 9, a streak that lasted 18 outings and 13 innings. Gomez was perfect through 1.2 innings before getting in trouble in the sixth. Tulane loaded the bases with no outs on a single and two walked and then scored three runs on a sacrifice fly, a single and a double.
Gomez was just replaced by Hiram Burgos and is responsible for runners on second and third with one out.
Tulane 10, Bethune-Cookman 3, top 6
A good display of baseball strategy by Tulane left-fielder Matt Riser in the fifth. After Seth Henry and Ty Wallace had grounded out an a combined three pitches, Riser bought some time for TU starter Billy Mohl. Riser was slow coming to the plate, taking the doughnut off his bat, checking the pad on his left foot and tying his shoe before finally stepping into the batter's box. Mohl then took three pitches before he was thrown a strike. He then fouled out to end then inning.
TU 7, B-CC 2 B 5
The old Ghostbusters theme song is playing over the PA system as we wnter the fifth inning in Oxford. Tulane is on top 7-2 as TU starter Billy Mohl has allowed just three hits over four innings.
TU center fielder Nathan Southard made a great catch in the fourth when he ran in, lunged and dove to catch a ball in shallow right-center.
I ain't afraid of no ghosts.
Bethune Cookman's Jose Ortiz got a bloop single in the third inning when the second base umpire blocked Green Wave second baseman Brad Emaus' path to the ball, and the Wildcats scored two runs on Jorge Mico's bases loaded single.
In the top of the fourth, Tulane has runners on the corners with one out thanks to a pair of walks. Tulane 6, Bethune-Cookman 2.
Tulane added a run in the second after Dustin Blackwell hit a batter and allowed a single and then TU's Cat Everett reached on a run-scoring error by B-CC first baseman Rob Caruso.
The run ended Blackwell's day after an inning and a third. B-CC has brought in left-hander Francison Rodriguez (9-1, 2.91) who pitched two scoreless innings last night.
TU 3, B-CC 0 with runners on the corner and one out in the second.
There was a tense moment in the bottom of the first inning when a foul ball screamed through the stands before bouncing off a seat and landing back on the field. A Tulane fan seated near where the ball bounced poked fun at the situation by picking up his cane and taking a baseball-style swing at the spot where the ball had gone.
B-CC got runners on first and second before Tulane pitcher Billy Mohl got out of the inning.
B-CC fans are gathered in a cluster on the third base line and are even cheering in spanish. Tulane fans have grown since the game started and there are a couple hundred of them along the first base line. They've already let out three Hallabaloo cheers.
Top 2nd, TU 2, B-CC 0
Just 16 pitches into the game, Bethune-Cookman has already sent a pitcher to the bullpen, left-hander Francisco Rodriguez, who pitched two scoreless innings last night.
Tulane loaded the bases against B-CC starter Dustin Blackwell and now has two runs on a sac fly and a single.
B-CC just got out of the inning with TU stranding runners at first and second.
Tulane 2, B-CC coming to bat.
Ole Miss ran itself into a couple of outs to end the seventh inning. Second baseman Justin Henry singled with one out and went to second on a balk, but was thrown out by B-CC catcher Jorge Mico trying to steal third. Ole Miss third baseman Chris Coghlan then singled to left-center and tried to extend it to a double, but was thrown out at second by B-CC center fielder Jose Ortiz.
Ole Miss' Mark Wright followed Justin Brashear and hit a 3-2 home run to left field to give Ole Miss back-to-back home runs and a 3-2 lead in the seventh.
Ole Miss players again come out of the dugout, but umpires did not allow them in the home-plate circle until Wright crossed the plate.
When B-CC coach Mervyl Melendez came out to the mound to take out pithcer R.J. Rodriguez, he was booed by Ole Miss fans.
Earlier when Melendez had complained about Ole Miss' celebration (after Brashear's HR) Brashear had pointed toward him.
Fransicso Rodriguez pitching for B-CC.
Ole Miss catcher Justin Brashear hit the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh inning deep into RF for a game-tying home run.
B-CC coach Merbyl Melendez argued with the umpire after Ole Miss players greeted Brashear at the plate in celebration. Under NCAA rules, players are not supposed to come out of the dugout to celebrate in the tournament. Fans booed Melendez.
With the game tied at one and runners on the corners in the seventh, B-CC third baseman Spencer Hill flared a double into the gap to put the Wildcats ahead 2-1. Colin Irvine was thrown out rounding third on the play. Jose Almonte then got BCC's fifth consecutive hit before Will Kline got a strikeout to end the inning.
B-CC 2, OM 1 B7
Bethune-Cookman has strung together three consecutive one-out singles to tie the game at one in the seventh. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco is currently meeting wtih Rebel pitcher Will Kline. No change.
Alejandro Jimenez singled to left and then went to third when Rob Caruso singled through the right side. With a 1-2 count, Colin Irvine delivered teh RBI single under diving first baseman C.J. Ketchum.
Ole Miss's Alex Presley singled through the left side with one out in the sixth for Ole Miss' first hit since the second inning. After B-CC pitcher R.J. Rodriguez threw over to first several times, C.J. Ketchum sent the first pitch he saw down the third base line. The ball was ruled foul, prompting Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco to argue and the Ole Miss fans to boo. Rodriguez got out of the inning by inducing Ketchum to ground out and then striking out Logan Power.
Fans booed again as players ran off the field after the strikeout.
Presley likely would have scored had the ball been ruled fair.
Ole Miss sophomore right-hander Will Kline was perfect through 4.2 before walking B-CC third baseman Rob Caruso on a 3-2 pitch. He got ahead of left fielder Colin Irvine 0-2, but the Wildcats hit-and-ran. Ole Miss shortstop ran toward second base to cover and Irvine hit teh ball through the hole on the left side for the Wildcat's first hit. Caruso went to third on the Irvine single. Irvine stole second before Kline struck out Spencer Hill to strand runners on second and third.
OM 1, B-CC 0 bottom 5th
Kline's changeup has been especially domianant, and B-CC's R.J. Rodriguez has really mixed a fastball, curveball and changeup.
Ole Miss center fielder Alex Presley made a long run into left field to snag a line drive from Bethune Cookman's Alejandro Jimenez for the second out of the second inning.
No score after an inning an a half. Ole Miss' Will Kline has shown fastball, slider and changeup and has a pair of strikeouts. B-CC's Richard Rodriguez has thrown fastball, changeup and allowed just one walk.
Ole Miss players huddled in front of the third base dugout; coach Mike Bianco ran in and said something and the starters ran onto the field. Hardly a seat available in the grandstand.
First pitch just thrown. Fouled off.
Tulane coach Rick Jones:
Walters pitched very well against us. That's the second time this season that happened. He had good control of the zone. Morgan pitched equally well, but he made one bad pitch. They ran the bases well and manufactured runs. It was a shame Sean didn't have more to show because I thought he really gave a good effort."
South Alabama coach Steve Kittrell
It was an outstanding game by P.J. Walters for South Alabama agin. We have to get something to eat and get some rest and get ready for whoever is tomorrow. After the Sun Belt Tournament (the assistant coaches) did a great job of working with our hitters and trying to get thier confidence back. When we found out that we were in the tournament, there was so much intensity in our locker room.
We felt like we could run a little. We knew that facing Morgan, runs might be hard to come by, so our plan was to sacrifice, run and steal.
After the top of the order got like three hits in the Sun Belt Tournamnent, we were determined to prove something.
I had good command. My approach was the same as it is every week, to just work ahead.
About 20 minutes before the scheduled 7:07 first pitch and the outfield at Oxford-University Stadium is filling fast. Fans stretch all the way across the hills in both left and right field and are several deep throughout. The area behind home plate is full and the only free seats are along the first- and third-base lines where the visiting schools have their tickets.
In the fourth inning, South Alabama's David Doss was intentionally walked with first base open.
In the ninth, Jeff Cunningham was intentionally walked with first base open to load the bases in front of Doss. Doss responded with a two-run single to put the Jags on top 7-1.
Tulane now batting, bottom nine. South Alabama's P.J. Walters has thrown 121 pitchesa dn allowed one run on four hits. He has five Ks.
South Alabama just substituted Lance Heisler for Chris Davis in right field in the bottom of the seventh. Davis reached base three times and scored two runs, going 2-for-2 with two infield singles and a walk.
After Tulane's Tim Guidry and Seth Henry singled to lead off the fifth, Green Wave catcher Ty Wallace was having a tough at bat. Henry's first bunt attempt was popped foul (but not caught). He then tried to swing away with the infield in and missed a fastball. Behind 1-2 in the count, Wallace finally got a bunt down and it was a perfect one between the pitcher's mound and first base to move the runners over.
Matt Riser grounded out to second to score Guidry with the game's first run. USA 3, TU 1. Henry is on third with two outs and Cat Everett at the plate.
First Hallabaloo cheer of the day.
Tulane's Sean Morgan struck out South Alabama's top hitter David Freese (.415, 11 HR, 70 RBI) on an 8 pitch at bat for the second out, then fell behind Jeff Cunningham 2-1 and hit him on his foot to force in Jeff Morris with the game's third run. Green Wave third baseman Seth Henry made a great play charging a short hopper from David Doss and throwing Doss out at first to get out of the inning.