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Utah stuns homestanding Ole Miss in Oxford Regional

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 Ole Miss pitcher Brady Bramlett (21) reacts after striking out a Utah batter at the Oxford Regional.
BRUCE NEWMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Ole Miss pitcher Brady Bramlett (21) reacts after striking out a Utah batter at the Oxford Regional. AP

OXFORD-- Utah's Roses were thorns for Ole Miss as the Rebels pricked their fingers in the first round of a home regional for the first time since 2004.

Jayson Rose, the Pac 12 strikeout leader, threw 112 pitches over six innings, while brother Jayson Rose had two hits, including a two-run double in a three-run sixth, and No. 4 seed Utah went on the defeat No. 1 seed Ole Miss 6-5 in 10 innings in the Oxford Regional at Swayze Field.

Pac 12 champions with a sub-.500 record, the Utes were considered tougher than many 4 seeds and proved to be just that.

No. 3 seed Boston College defeated No. 2 seed Tulane earlier Friday. Ole Miss faces Tulane at 1 p.m. Saturday, Boston College-Utah at 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Ole Miss closer Wyatt Short, with 11 saves on the year, was the losing pitcher for the second straight game.

Short gave up a two-out single to Utah designated hitter Kellen Marruffo in the 10th. The next man up, Hunter Simmons, doubled to the gap in right-center, and pinch-runner Chandler Anderson scored easily.

Left-hander Dylan Drachler gave up basehits to Will Golsan and Tate Blackman that gave the Rebels life in the bottom of the 10th. However, J.B. Woodman lined out to left field on the first pitch, and Henri Lartigue struck out to set off a celebration among Utah players.

The hot bats that carried the Rebels (43-18) to a run to the SEC tournament semifinals were quiet not only against Rose.

The Rebels hit .314 in Hoover while earning wins against Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, the latter two inside the RPI top 10.

Ole Miss could get nothing done against reliever Riley Ottesen in the seventh in spite of the 7.46 earned run average he brought into the game.

Ottesen, a freshman right-hander, threw three scoreless innings with one hit, no walks and four strikeouts.

The Utes (26-27) scored on Josh Rose's RBI hit in the second for a 1-0 lead.

The Rebels (43-18) tied the game on a solo home run by Kyle Watson, just his second of the year, in the third. They were down 2-1 in the fifth when Jayson Rose was a little wobbly.

He walked three, one of them with the bases loaded to tie the game. Golsan delivered a two-run single, and the Rebels' scored their fifth run when Blackman, with runners at the corners and one out, beat out a potential double play ball.

With the electricity of a home crowd behind it and a light rain falling overhead Ole Miss couldn't hold the lead.

Marruffo was down in the count 1-2 when he leaned into an inside pitch from Brady Feigl. That seemed to shake up Feigl who walked the next batter.

After a ground ball out scored a run, Josh Rose doubled over the head of Woodman in center field, and two runs scored to tie the game.

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