Ole Miss Tops St. John's 10-5 in NCAA Regional
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Ole Miss Rebels defeated St. John’s 10-5 in the second game of the opening day of the Charlottesville Regional. Mississippi used three home runs and strong outing from ace Drew Pomeranz to top the Red Storm.
Taylor Hashman went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Rebels offensively.
Pomeranz allowed to runs on seven hits in seven-plus innings of work to record the win, improving to 9-2 on the season. Kyle Hansen took the loss for St. John’s, falling to 8-2 on the year.
The Rebels took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Zach Miller led off with a single and Hashman followed with a bunt single. After Alex Yarbrough bunted the runners into scoring position, Miller scored on Kevin Mort’s ground out. Tanner Mathis’ triple to center field scored Hashman.
Ole Miss added to its lead over the next two innings with the longball. Miles Hamblin hit a solo home run in the third and Yarbrough hit a solo home run in the fourth. Later in the fourth, after Mort doubled, Tim Ferguson’s two-run home run made the score 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Rebels added another run. After three straight walks loaded the bases, Yarbrough’s sacrifice fly scored Matt Snyder scored.
St. John’s got on the board in the top of the eighth. Matt Wessinger singled and Joe Panik walked to lead off the inning and end the night for Pomeranz. Jeremy Baltz hit the first pitch thrown by reliever Eric Callender into the left field stands for a three-run homer to cut the lead to 7-3.
Ole Miss responded with (three) runs in the bottom of the inning. The bases were walked loaded before Snyder walked to drive in a run. Then, with two outs, Hashman’s single drove in two runs.
The Red Storm added two in the top of the ninth. They loaded the bases with one out before Panik’s sacrifice fly drove in a run. Then, after a walk reloaded the bases, Greg Hopkins’ walk drove in the final run of the game.
Baltz went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead St. John’s.
Ole Miss will meet Virginia at 6 p.m. on Saturday. St. John’s will meet VCU in an elimination game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.