Rebels Edge Diamond Hawks, 2-0
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
OXFORD, Miss. - Tanner Mathias scored both runs and Bobby Wahl limited UNCW to one hit and fanned nine as #20 Ole Miss slipped past visiting UNCW, 2-0, in college baseball action Friday at Swayze Stadium.
The Rebels won their second straight outing and improved to 3-1 on the young season. The Seahawks, meanwhile, were shutout for the second consecutive game and dropped to 2-3 with the non-conference setback.
Wahl (2-0) and UNCW red-shirt sophomore Mat Batts (0-1) hooked up in a pitcher's duel that last just two hours and five minutes. Batts nearly matched Wahl, going seven innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a pair of walks. The southpaw strikeout seven, raising his season total to 15 in 14 innings.
UNCW's Michael Bass had both Seahawk hits on the afternoon.
For the Rebels, Auston Bousfield, Alex Yarbrough and Andrew Mistone each collected two hits.
In the third inning, Ole Miss plated its first run when Mathias singled with one out and stole second to move into scoring position. After Batts retired Bousfield on a fly ball for the second out, Yarbrough dumped a single into short center scoring Mathias.
Ole Miss added a second run in the seventh for a 2-0 lead. Batts retired the first two batters on four pitches, but Mathias reached second on a UNCW fielding error. He would score one batter later when Bousfield singled to right.
UNCW's best chance to get on the board came in the fifth when Josh Abshire reached on an error, stole second and moved to third with one out on a balk. Wahl, however, settled down to retire the next two Seahawks with a ground ball back to the mound a line drive to short to end the threat.
Brett Huber worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.
The series continues on Saturday with another 4 p.m. EST start at Swayze Field.