Ole Miss beats Oklahoma for first College World Series title

June 27 (UPI) -- Ole Miss used a late rally, fueled by several wild pitches in the eighth inning, to edge Oklahoma in Game 2 of the College World Series and claim the school's first College World Series title.

The Rebels trailed by one when they entered the inning, but went on to to snatch a 4-2 victory Sunday in Omaha. They swept the best-of-three series, which started Thursday at Charles Schwab Field.


Rebels shortstop Jacob Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored in the victory. Rebels starting pitcher Hunter Elliott allowed just three hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He also logged six strikeouts.

"I kind of knew we were going to start the scoring in the eighth or the ninth," Gonzalez told reporters. "That's just how we are. We are going to put the pressure on. We aren't going to just sit down. We are going to fight."

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Sooners starter Cade Horton logged a College World Series finals record 13 strikeouts in the loss.

"We fought our butts off all day long," Sooners coach Skip Johnson said. "Cade was outstanding. The momentum of the game in that one inning got taken away from us."


Neither team scored through the first five innings. Gonzalez then gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth. The Sooners tied the score with an RBI double from second baseman Jackson Nicklaus in the top of the seventh.

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They took a 2-1 lead two at-bats later when Rebels relief pitcher Mason Nichols walked left fielder Kendall Pettis with the bases loaded.

Horton struck out the Rebels in order in the bottom of the seventh. Center fielder T.J. McCants and third baseman Justin Bench hit back-to-back singles early in eighth to spark the Rebels rally. Gonzalez plated McCants with another single in the next at-bat.

Relief pitcher Trevin Michael then threw two wild pitches, which allowed Bench and Gonzalez to score the final runs of the game.

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Rebels relief pitcher Brandon Johnson struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to seal the victory.

"I'm just so proud to get to this point," Rebels coach Mike Bianco said. "We've talked about it the whole time here. The journey this team has been through and where they've come from. ... I'm just so happy for them."


Pitcher Dylan DeLuca claimed World Series Most Outstanding Player honors for the Rebels. He went 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts for the Rebels. He allowed just one earned run and totaled 17 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.

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