Thursday, December 8

Ole Miss beats Oklahoma for first title

OMAHA, Neb. — Ole Miss baseball completed its miracle turnaround Sunday, beating Oklahoma 4-2 in the College World Series finals to secure the first national championship in program history.

After going down 2-1 in the seventh inning, Ole Miss fired back with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to an RBI single from shortstop Jacob Gonzalez and two wild pitches from Oklahoma’s All-American closer Trevin Michael.

The Rebels were the last team selected with an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament. After starting 7-14 in SEC play, the Rebels end their season winning 18 of their final 22 games, including sweeps in the Coral Gables Regional and Hattiesburg Super Regional and a 5-1 record at the College World Series.

Ole Miss’ eighth-inning rally began with a one-out single from nine-hole hitter TJ McCants against Oklahoma starter Cade Horton. The single turned the lineup over and chased Horton, bringing up leadoff hitter Justin Bench, who perfectly executed a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners for Gonzalez.

Ole Miss infielder Jacob Gonzalez (7), Ole Miss infielder Ben Van Cleve (33), and Ole Miss infielder Peyton Chatagnier (1) celebrate during the fifth inning against the Oklahoma Sooners.

Gonzalez, who hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Rebels’ their first run, ripped the first pitch he saw past the first baseman to tie the score. A pair of wild pitches from Michael scored Bench and Gonzalez, giving the Rebels the go-ahead runs.

Freshman left-hander Hunter Elliott started and impressed for Ole Miss, allowing two runs on three hits in 6 ⅔ innings. Closer Brandon Johnson earned the save and senior left-hander John Gaddis was the pitcher of record for 1 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief.

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