Monday, February 26, 2007

#11 Ole Miss Drops Rain Shortened GAme to Wright State

The Rebels put the pressure on, but couldn’t push a run across as No. 11 Ole Miss (6-2) fell to Wright State (1-1) by a score of 1-0 in a rain shortened game that was called in the middle of the fifth due to lightning and rain.

Ole Miss will play the final game of the series at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

Lance Lynn (1-2) suffered the loss as he worked 6.0 innings allowing the one run on five hits as he walked four and struck out nine. One of his four walks was an intentional walk.

Danny Barker (1-0) picked up the win as he worked 5.0 innings, allowing three hits and walking four batters. Barker did not strike out a Rebel batter on the afternoon.

Justin Henry led Ole Miss at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, while Zack Cozart went 1-for-2 at the plate and was hit by a pitch.

Wright State scored first, plating a run on a sacrifice bunt from Dan Biedenharn to score John Kopilchack from third. Kopilchack reached on a single and then advanced to third on a single to right center from the lead-off man in Ross Oeder.

The Rebels loaded the bases in the bottom of the third on back-to-back walks to Jordan Henry and Brett Basham before Justin Henry laid down a bunt down the third base line and beat the throw. Ole Miss was unable to push a runner across, however, as the Raiders turned a double play and then got the final out on a pop up to short.

The Raiders loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth, but Lynn struck out the next two batters to end the Wright State rally and send the game into the bottom of the fifth with Ole Miss still trailing 1-0.

Ole Miss held the Raiders off the board in the top of the sixth, as Lynn retired all three batters before the weather hit in the middle of the inning.

The game was called after an hour and 45 minutes of rain delay.

Ole Miss and Wright State will conclude the series with a single game at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The game time was moved up to accommodate the travel plans of Wright State.

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