June 5, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Rebel offense exploded with three home runs and Drew Pomeranz held the Red Storm scoreless through into the eighth inning as No. 22 Ole Miss (39-22) powered past St. John's (40-19) by a score of 10-5 in the opening game of the NCAA Regional at the University of Virginia.

Pomeranz (9-2) worked 7.0 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The southpaw left the game with two men on and the Rebels holding to a 7-0 lead but was charged with the two earned runs as the first batter faced once he left the game hit a two-run home run to get St. John's on the board.

Kyle Hansen (8-2) suffered the loss for the Red Storm as he allowed six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work.

Three Rebels homered on the night as Miles Hamblin and Alex Yarbrough both hit solo shots and Tim Ferguson hit a two-run shot to push Ole Miss out to the early 7-0 lead.

"After nine days of rest between outings, Drew might not have been as sharp with his command, but he just doesn't give up runs," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "We were very efficient offensively tonight. We got the bunts, some key base hits and some home runs in a very big park. We played well."

Ole Miss got on the board first, pushing a pair of runs across to take an early 2-0 lead on the Red Storm. Back-to-back singles from Zach Miller and Taylor Hashman put two men on before a sac bunt down the third base line from Alex Yarbrough advanced both runners to scoring position. A groundout to short from Kevin Mort scored Miller and advanced Hashman, before a triple to center from Tanner Mathis scored Hashman.

Miles Hamblin homered to right center to open the third inning and extend the Rebel lead to 3-0 before the Rebels used two more home runs in the fourth inning to push the lead out to 6-0. Yarbrough hit a solo shot before a Kevin Mort double and a Tim Ferguson home run gave the Rebels the six run lead.

Three straight walks loaded the bases in the fifth inning before Yarbrough came up with a sac fly to left field to score Matt Snyder and push Ole Miss out to a 7-0 lead.

Following a single and a walk to open the eighth inning, the Rebels turned to the bullpen for Eric Callender. The junior right-hander gave up a home run on the first pitch thrown to Jeremy Baltz that got St. John's on the board and cut the lead to 7-3. Callender then got the next three batters out with a pair of fly outs and a groundout to send the game into the bottom of the eighth and the Rebels up by four.

Ole Miss pushed the lead back out to seven with an answering rally in the bottom of the frame. With one out on the board, the Red Storm intentionally walked Matt Smith to load the bases. Matt Snyder then drew a walk to push a run across before Hashman came up with a two-RBI single to right field that put Ole Miss on top 10-3.

St. John's answered again in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with one out before Matt Wessinger hit a sac fly to center field to cut the lead to 10-4. Another walk loaded the bases for a second time before a second straight walk pushed a fifth Red Storm run across the plate and sent Ole Miss to the bullpen for senior right-hander Rory McKean.

McKean got a groundout from the first batter faced to end the game and pick up his first save of the season.