OXFORD, Miss. – The UALR baseball team (18-13) plated five runs in the top of the seventh on its way to a 9-6 victory over No. 15 Ole Miss (21-9) at O-U Stadium on Wednesday night. Seniors Nate Brown and Tyson Parks each delivered two-run homers in the seventh inning to help UALR to its first top-25 win under head coach Scott Norwood.
“It’s probably UALR’s first big signature win in awhile, and obviously the biggest win since I’ve been here. Going on the road and getting a win against an SEC opponent is always big,” said Norwood. “We got some timely hits tonight. We fell behind early, but were able to hang in and chip away at their lead. All of our pitchers threw well tonight and were able to get ahead in the count.
“Ole Miss came into the game 21-0 on the year when leading after six, so I’m proud of what our guys were able to accomplish tonight. Hopefully this was just another step for us as we try to get this program where we want it to be.”
The Rebels scored in each of the first three innings as they took a 4-1 lead through four frames. The Trojans faced a 5-2 deficit at the start of the seventh inning, but used two-run homers from Parks and Brown to score five runs and take a 7-5 lead.
UALR extended its lead to 8-5 in the top of the eighth when senior Landis Wilson plated junior Jason Houston with a sacrifice fly to center. Ole Miss answered with a run in the bottom half, but the Trojans manufactured an unearned run in the ninth to go on top 9-6.
Senior JR Boling came on in relief in the eighth to get the final out of the inning, then worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his team-leading fourth save of the year.
Junior Ryan Juris (3-3) picked up the win in relief for UALR by holding the Rebels to four hits and a run over 2.1 innings of work. Ole Miss reliever Eric Callender suffered the loss after allowing four hits and three runs (two earned) over 1.1 innings pitched.
Brown, Wilson and junior Brock Feldmann tallied three hits apiece for the Trojans, helping UALR outhit Ole Miss 14-to-12. Brown went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI to lead the way for UALR, belting his third home run of the season in the seventh.
Matt Smith led the Rebels with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs while hitting his sixth home run of the year – a solo shot in the third.
UALR returns to action this weekend when it welcomes Belmont to Gary Hogan Field for a three-game series, beginning Friday night at 6 p.m.