Mizzou's Comeback Falls Short at No. 14 Ole Miss

MUTIGERS.COM <i>John Miles went a career-long 4.1 IP in the loss.</i>
John Miles went a career-long 4.1 IP in the loss.

March 21, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. - In a short-notice start, Mizzou junior righty John Miles (Columbia, Mo.) gutted through a career-long 7.1 innings, striking out five and walking just one in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of No. 14 Ole Miss on Friday night (March 21) at Swayze Field. Miles was called to start just 30 minutes before the game as junior righty Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.) was slated to start the game for the Tigers, but took an errant throw to the side of the head during Ole Miss' in-and-out warm-up and was scratched from the start. Miles gave up four runs and eight hits over the 7.1 innings, but three runs and three hits (two homers) came in the first inning as he shut down the Rebels through the rest of his start. Mizzou tallied a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning, showing plenty of fight, but the comeback fell short.

With the loss, Mizzou drops to 11-10 on the year and Ole Miss moves to 19-4. Ole Miss starter Chris Ellis went 7.1 innings and allowed just five hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts and just one unearned run as he moved to 4-0 on the season. Ole Miss closer Josh Laxer earned the save, his third of the season. Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.), Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.), Shane Segovia (Sinton, Texas) and Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) all tallied two-hit nights for Mizzou. The game was played in front of 9,651 fans.

The Tigers threatened to score in the first inning. Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) drew an eight-pitch walk and was sacrificed to second by on a bunt by Lester. Keeton then notched an infield single and a balk moved the two runners into scoring position. But Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) grounded out to end the threat.



Miles, filling in for the injured Graves, came out in the first inning and got the first out but then surrendered a two-run homer to three-hole hitter Austin Anderson. After striking out Will Allen, Miles then gave up the second homer of the inning, a solo shot to catcher Sikes Orvis, giving Ole Miss a 3-0 lead. Miles then struck out Holt Perdzock to get out of the inning. Ole Miss added another run in the third on a bloop hit of the bat of Allen, putting the deficit at 4-0.

The Tigers got back-to-back hits, a double from Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) and a single from Pearson, to lead off the fifth. That put runners on the corners before Pearson advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) popped up for out No. 1, bringing up Anderson, who also popped up. Ellis then threw a wild pitch to score Steele, cutting the Ole Miss lead to 4-1.

Ole Miss lifted Ellis after 7.1 in favor of Wyatt Short who allowed back-to-back doubles to Lester and Keeton to cut the lead to 4-2. Keeton was then singled around to score by Segovia, cutting the lead to 4-3. It was Segovia's 12th RBI this season, tying him for the team lead. Jordan Getzelman (Crystal Lake, Ill.) pinch ran and after a Kelly strikeout, Getzelman was thrown out trying to steal second. Pearson then tallied a two-out single in the ninth and Jake Ivory (St. Charles, Mo.) pinch hit for the Tigers, but he struck out looking to end the game.

Mizzou and Ole Miss will play the second game of the series tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Swayze Field. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.

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