Ole Miss baseball is Super Regional bound. It took a complete team effort, including heroics from Tim Elko, Taylor Broadway and even Doug Nikhazy, but the Rebels fought off a tremendous Southern Miss rally and captured the NCAA Oxford Regional title with a 12-9 victory.
Ole Miss used 6 pitchers, including its top two arms to close it out. Jack Dougherty turned in a solid start, allowing 2 runs in 4 innings against a Golden Eagle offense that scored 47 runs in 5 games in Oxford. Nikhazy came on in relief for the first time since his freshman season and earned his 11th win of the season. Broadway then slammed the door shut with two scoreless innings to earn his 16th save of the year.
Offensively, Elko led the way, going 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored, 5 RBI and 2 home runs, including his 3rd grand slam of the season. Peyton Chatagnier, Kevin Graham and Justin Bench all had multi-hit days, including home runs from Chatagnier and Bench, while Calvin Harris added Ole Miss’ fifth home run. The Rebels will now hit the road for the NCAA Tucson Super Regional, where they’ll take on the #5 national seed Arizona.
Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco, DH Tim Elko, and closer Taylor Broadway all met with the media to discuss the win. Video is courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.