BIRMINGHAM-- Five runs in the fifth inning were all No. 8 Ole Miss needed to complete the midweek sweep over UAB. The Rebels (17-1) increased their winning streak to 12 games with the 5-1 win over the Blazers (6-11) Wednesday afternoon at Regions Field.
For the second straight day, a freshman dazzled as the Rebels' starting pitcher. James McArthur (2-0) allowed just one run on five hits to pick up his second victory in as many starts. The tall right-hander also struck out five and did not surrender a walk for the third consecutive outing.
"We needed that today," said head coach Mike Bianco regarding McArthur's quality start. "With these last two starts, James seems to feel more comfortable out there. He's looked more like he did in the fall, really commanding the game."
Rebel relievers continued to impress with effective outings out of the bullpen. Freshman Connor Green tossed a pair of scoreless innings before classmate Andrew Lowe finished the game, pitching the final two frames without allowing a run. The Ole Miss bullpen has now surrendered just one earned run over the past 10 games (35.0 innings).
Ole Miss drew nine walks throughout the ballgame, including six in the five-run fifth inning. Seven different Rebels recorded one hit apiece.
Oral Roberts 3, No. 15 Mississippi State 1: No. 15 Mississippi State suffered a loss to Oral Roberts at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (12-5-1) lost the final two games of a six-game homestand. Southeastern Conference play begins for MSU this weekend at No. 2 Vanderbilt. Oral Roberts improved to 8-8.
"Midweek games are won or lost based on who walks the most and hits the most," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "We did a better job of finding the strike zone but in the end, we still walked too many and hit too many.Opposing teams come in excited about playing at Dudy Noble Field. We have to do a better job with our offense."
Oral Roberts built a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run from Noah Cummings.
MSU tied the contest in the third inning when Jack Kruger had a two-out RBI-single. The Bulldogs could not tally again as three double plays hurt the cause.
Things remained tied until the Eagles plated the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and an insurance score in the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Sam Grellner had an RBI-double in the sixth inning. Brent Williams had an RBI-single in the eighth inning.