No. 11 Texas A&M Beats Ole Miss Baseball 10-5 Thursday; Mike Bianco Ejected in 9th Inning
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With the loss, Ole Miss’s seven-game winning streak comes to an end. During that streak, they swept Missouri and LSU on back-to-back SEC weekends.
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Before Thursday, Ole Miss hadn’t lost a game that DeLucia had started this year. But since he had just pitched at LSU on Saturday, the junior had only a short time to get his command back. Before Thursday, DeLucia had never walked more than two batters in a game. He walked four batters in the second inning.
Carl Lafferty, an assistant coach, said of DeLucia, “I thought he made some mistakes in the zone, but give them credit for making some good swings.” “They have a strong offense. They are pretty good at slowing down. He let some changeups and breaking balls get hit.”
Relievers Jack Dougherty and Mason Nichols came in as relief pitchers and only gave up one run in 5 13 innings. This stabilized the game and gave the Rebels’ offense a chance to make a comeback.
Ole Miss got as close as two runs behind Texas A&M in the sixth inning, thanks to good offensive days from catcher Hayden Dunhurst and third baseman Justin Bench. The two of them had five hits and five RBIs between them. Dunhurst’s three-run double in the bottom of the second inning got the Rebels on the board.
Things got chippy
In the ninth inning, both benches were getting tense. In the top of the ninth, Gaddis gave up two home runs, which gave the Aggies a 10-5 lead. After the second home run, Ole Miss’s Peyton Chatagnier and Texas A&M’s Dylan Rock talked as they went around the bases. This made Bianco come out and talk to the umpires.
After Rock’s home run, the umpires gave both teams a warning.
On the next pitch, Gaddis threw behind Austin Bost, the designated hitter, and was quickly kicked out of the game. There were no physical fights, but a few of Gaddis’ teammates from Ole Miss had to hold him back, and the home plate umpire stepped in front of Bost to stop a fight. Bianco was kicked out of the game because he got a bench warning and Gaddis was kicked out.
Ole Miss and Texas A&M will play Game 2 of the series on Friday at 7 p.m.
Oxford, Miss. — Ole Miss rallied in game one of the regular-season final series at Swayze Field on Thursday night behind a bases-clearing double by Hayden Dunhurst in the second inning. However, Texas A&M prevailed 10-5.
Before Jack Dougherty came on in the second with two outs and two on, the Aggies (34-16, 18-10 SEC) put up three runs off of Rebel starter Dylan DeLucia in the first.
In his first appearance, Dougherty surrendered two runs. To score Austin Bost and Brett Minnich, Ryan Targac hit a left-fly fielder’s ball.
The Rebels (31-20, 13-15 SEC) chipped away at the Aggies’ seven-run advantage, but they couldn’t get back in the game.
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After being struck out, Hayden Leatherwood was able to score in the bottom of the second on a wild pitch. TJ McCants’ single and Peyton Chatagnier’s walk brought Dunhurst to the plate. Ole Miss came back from a 7-3 deficit thanks to a double by the Rebel catcher.
Ole Miss added a run as Dougherty kept working to reduce the distance. Following a Dunhurst single in the fourth inning, Justin Bench hit a triple to right field that brought Dunhurst home.’
The Aggies’ offense was stymied by the Rebels’ pitching staff. After Dougherty was relieved in the fifth inning, Mason Nichols replaced him with two Aggies on base and one out. Dylan Rock and Bost both struck out in a row for Nichols.
In the sixth inning, Chatagnier singled to start the Rebels’ rally and subsequently scored on a Bench single to cut the advantage in half. Ole Miss was now trailing 7-5 with two outs, but still had a good chance of winning.
However, in the eighth inning, the Aggies scored their first runs since the second inning to take a commanding lead.
John Gaddis replaced Nichols in the eighth inning after Bost hit a single. Thompson threw a ball down the right-field line that Chatagnier grabbed, allowing Bost to score from third on a base hit by Minnich.
Jack Moss and Rock hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to give Texas A&M a 2-1 lead. The Rebels’ relief pitcher, Max Cioffi, came in after those two runs.
Ole Miss couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the game was over.
The second meeting between the Rebels and Aggies will take place at 7 p.m. CT on Friday at Swayze Field. You can watch the game on SEC Network Plus or listen to it on the Ole Miss Radio Network if you want.
Those interested in following Ole Miss baseball can do so via Twitter (@OleMissBSB), Facebook (www.facebook.com/OleMissBaseball), Instagram (@officialolemissbsb), or TikTok (www.tiktok.com/olemissbsb). Coach Mike Bianco can be found on Twitter under the handle @CoachMikeBianco.
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