Sunday, June 1, 2008

Guerrero Powers Ole Miss Win

The Rebel bats broke the game open in the sixth inning, using eight hits and two Michael Guerrero home runs, to push 10 runs across the plate as Ole Miss (38-25) picked up a 14-1 win over Bethune-Cookman (36-22) in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional on Saturday.Guerrero paced the Rebel offense with a 2-for-5 performance that included three runs scored and five RBI.Jake Morgan (5-0) picked up the win in 0.2 innings of relief work as he came on to relive starter Drew Pomeranz in the fifth. Pomeranz worked 4.1 innings allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts but was not eligible for the win as he did not work the full 5.0 innings.With his seven strikeouts, Pomeranz tied the freshman record for strikeouts with 81 on the season.Paul Gautier (6-3) suffered the loss for the Wildcats as he allowed six runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout.“Bethune-Cookman did a tremendous job early on and Drew Pomeranz did a good job of battling,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “I was proud of the way we kept competing. You can see why Bethune-Cookman is so good and has been to so many regionals. I was glad we were able to hang in there when it was a close game.”Ole Miss scored in the first when Jordan Henry crossed the plate on a single to right center from Logan Power. Henry walked before moving to second on a sac bunt and then scored on the Power single to get the Rebels on the board. Bethune-Cookman then turned a double play to get out of the inning with Ole Miss up 1-0.The Wildcats tied things in the second with a single through the right side from Jose Ortiz that scored Drew Clark from third. Clark reached on a fielder’s choice on a sac bunt attempt that saw the Rebels erase the lead runner at third. Clark moved to second on a single from Brooks and then took third on a fielder’s choice grounder to short.Ole Miss moved back into the lead in the third inning when Henry again scored from second on a single through the right side from Fuller Smith.Guerrero then broke things open for the Rebels in the sixth with a three-run home run down the left field to crank up the Rebel offense. Ole Miss would go on to use eight hits, including two home runs from Guerrero, to push 10 runs across the plate and give the Rebels a 13-1 lead.Overbeck hit his 16th home run of the season in the eighth inning as Ole Miss took a 14-1 lead.Phillip Irwin would hold the Wildcats of down the stretch as the sophomore worked 4.1 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed only one hit.The Rebels will return to action Sunday at 11 a.m. CDT and will face the loser of Miami and Missouri in an elimination game.

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