It was another nail biter for the Ole Miss Rebels but after nearly a two-hour rain delay the Rebels defeated Washington 3-2 in 10 innings to win the Oxford Regional.
Ole Miss (44-18) advances to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2009.
Sikes Orvis ripped a triple down the line in right field that plated Will Allen with the go-ahead run to give Ole Miss a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning.
Scott Weathersby (2-1) got the win in relief. The Hattiesburg native pitched 5.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits, two walks and tied a career high with six strikeouts.
Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said,"First of all, congratulations to Washington on a tremendous year and a tremendous weekend here. We feel fortunate, but I'm very proud of these guys that played so hard all year long. We have won all different types of games and we had to do that this week. Sam Smith was terrific."
Freshman Colby Bortles had a big night at the plate. He belted a solo homer over the left field wall in the top of the second giving the Rebels an early lead. Bortles tied the game for Ole Miss at 2-all with a double into the gap in right center field that plated Will Allen.
If Mississippi State had beaten Louisiana-Lafayette the Rebels would have played the best-of-three Super Regional series at home against the Bulldogs.
It was not to be as the Ragin' Cajuns jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off a Bulldogs rally to claim the Lafayette Regional 5-3 and will host this weekend in its third-ever Super Regional appearance.
The Bulldogs close out the 2014 season 39-24.
MSU head coach John Cohen said,"We were down 4-0 early and the kids showed a lot of composure in fighting back. We had a tough time keeping the game in front of us in the third inning. Lafayette is a very good club. You have to beat them the way we did in the second half of that game."
Mississippi State starter Lucas Laster (0-1) was lifted during the third inning after he issued a one-out walk and allowed a two-out RBI single. He walked the bases loaded and Cohen called on reliever Jake Lingdren, the former St. Stanislaus standout.
Lindgren unloaded a couple of wild pitches that resulted in a pair of runs and gave the Ragin' Cajuns a 3-0 advantage.
In the fourth inning Mississippi State cracked the scoreboard. C.T. Bradford and Brett Pirtle belted back-to-back singles and Wes Rea, the former Harrison Central standout, hit an sacrifice fly that plated the Bulldogs first run.
Mississippi State had back-to-back RBI singles by Bradford and Pirtle and trailed 4-3 after 7 innings.
Jonathan Holder the former Gulfport Admiral relieved Lindgren in the eighth inning and following a hit batsman, a wild pitch and a base hit, Lafayette plated the final run of the game.
Last season Mississippi State made its way to the College World Series championship finals and lost to UCLA. This season, if the Rebels can get past U-LL , Ole Miss will advance to the College World Series for the first-time since 1972.
Rebels coach Mike Bianco has built Ole Miss into a baseball power but has never got past the Super Regional. Just maybe with so many top seeds falling by the wayside, Ole Miss can finally get to Omaha. Stay tuned.
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