OXFORD, Miss. (KFSM)--Ole Miss was able to hold off Arkansas 5-4 Saturday, in game-two of the three-game set to even the series with the Razorbacks. The Hog and Rebels are now tied again for the top sot in the SEC West with matching 5-3 league records.
With usual game-two starter Isaiah Campbell out due to injury, Evan Lee took over the mound for Arkansas (19-8, 5-3 SEC). His second career start did not last past one inning. The left-hander gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Freshman Bryce Bonnin took over for Lee and went 3 1/3 innings giving up two runs off five hits. Nick Fortes ended Bonnin's stint on the bump after he shamed a two-run home run in the fifth inning, that proved to be the game-deciding home run.
Kole Ramage did the best job coming out of the bullpen for the Hogs. The right-hander threw 3 2/3 innings of hitless, scoreless relief, but the damage had been done.
Seven different Razorbacks recorded at least one hit with three garnering two or more. Junior Eric Cole led all Hog hitters, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, his fifth game this season with three or more hits. Freshman Casey Martin and sophomore Dominic Fletcher both turned in a pair of hits each.
Saturday’s rubber match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and it will be streamed on SEC Network-plus.