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OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas baseball became the latest victim of red-hot Ole Miss on Monday at the College World Series. The Rebels scored at least two runs in five innings on their way to a 13-3 win.
The Razorbacks managed to manufacture runs early, scoring three in the first two innings, but Ole Miss ace Hunter Elliott settled in to throw four scoreless innings. Peyton Stovall added two runs in the bottom of the ninth with his sixth home run of the year, but it was too little too late. Two days after getting a season-high 21 hits against No. 2-seed Stanford, Arkansas (44-20) managed eight against the Rebels (39-22).
Arkansas will play Auburn (43-21) in an elimination game on Tuesday (6 p.m. CT, ESPN). Ole Miss will await the winner of that game on Wednesday night.
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Morris’ start short-lived
Arkansas gave left-hander Zack Morris his second career start, but it didn’t last long. Ole Miss hasn’t hit left-handed pitching well this season, which led the Arkansas staff to choose Morris over right-hander Will McEntire.
Morris gave up a leadoff single in the first, then induced a pair of groundouts. Another single scored Ole Miss’ first run. Morris then walked one and hit another to load the bases before dealing another walk to make it 2-0.
Arkansas went to the bullpen after the walked-in run, turning to lefty Evan Taylor. He induced a groundout to end the threat.
Bullpen struggles with Ole Miss offense
Arkansas used seven pitchers: Morris, Taylor, Kole Ramage, Jaxon Wiggins, Elijah Trest, Gabriel Starks and Austin Ledbetter.
None lasted longer than Trest’s 2⅓ innings, and all but he and Ledbetter gave up at least two earned runs.
Wiggins, who was Arkansas’ Sunday starter during the regular season, was highly effective early. He touched 100 miles per hour with his fastball and struck out three of the first five batters he faced. The next six, however, reached base, and Wiggins gave up four earned runs.
Ledbetter, a freshman right-hander, made his first appearance since April 20 against Arkansas State. He entered in the eighth inning after Ole Miss took a 12-3 lead.
All told, Arkansas’ pitching staff dealt 10 walks, hit two batters and gave up 13 hits.