On a dreary, cold April weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, the Rebels of Ole Miss taking on the visiting Razorbacks of Arkansas in one of the most anticipated series of the weekend.
Despite mother nature dropping buckets of rain on Swayze Field on Thursday, Arkansas and Ole Miss would play two on Friday.
In game one on Friday, Arkansas dominated Ole Miss 11-2. In that first game on Friday, Ole Miss had no answer for the explosive Razorbacks’ bats. Throughout Swayze, you could hear the Razorback faithful calling the Hogs, to which Ole Miss had no answer. Ole Miss would try to tune out the Calling of the Hogs with music over the PA system at Swayze Field but to no avail. Arkansas winners of game one 11-2.
An hour after the Arkansas 11-2 win, Ole Miss took things to heart and earned a 7-4 win over the Razorbacks. It was a chilly night, but Ole Miss took advantage of the Swayze magic and got some offensive production to secure a win over Arkansas. With the win on Friday night over the Razorbacks, Ole Miss would force a massive series-deciding game on Saturday.
In front of the nearly sold-out Swayze Field, all eyes turned to the diamond where Arkansas and Ole Miss would play a deciding series game. Energy Saturday delivered an instant classic between the Rebels and Razorbacks. Mid-way through the 7th inning, Arkansas clung to a 5-3 lead over the Rebels. Nervous energy shifted throughout Swayze Field as the Rebels tried to mount a comeback to shock Arkansas and take the series from the visiting Razorbacks. Jacob Gonzalez drops a base hit to score a run for Ole Miss in the bottom half of the 7th inning with two outs to cut the Arkansas lead to 5-4. Ethan Groff would be the next man up for Ole Miss with runners on the corners. Groff would fly out to the deep right field to keep the Arkansas lead at 5-4 heading to the 8th inning. Kendall Diggs for the Razorbacks would rip an RBI to centerfield to secure another run to give Arkansas a 6-4 lead over Ole Miss heading to the bottom half of the 8th inning. Ole Miss with nothing in the bottom of the 8th inning, keeping that Arkansas lead at 6-4 with an inning to play. With their backs against the wall in the bottom half of the 9th inning, Ole Miss would swing and miss at the opportunity to shock Arkansas.
It wasn’t easy for the Razorbacks, but Arkansas earned a hard-fought series win over the Rebels of Ole Miss. With the series win over Ole Miss, Arkansas improved to 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference and 25-6 overall.