OXFORD, Miss. — Christian Trent and Aaron Greenwood combined on a six-hitter to lead Ole Miss over Washington 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament’s Oxford regional.
Ole Miss (43-18) advanced to the regional championship Monday, when it will meet the winner of Sunday’s Washington-Georgia Tech elimination game. The winner will have to beat Ole Miss twice to win the regional.
The Oxford regional will meet the winner of the Lafayette regional in a super regional next weekend.
Trent (9-0) scattered five hits over 61?3 innings, and Greenwood earned the fourth save of the season, pitching 22?3 scoreless innings.
“It was a great college baseball game,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “One of those games that you’ve been seeing across the country: It was a low-scoring game, where every pitch and every play seems to matter. We made enough pitches and got enough hits.
“I’m proud of the way Christian pitched and then the way Aaron closed it out for us.
Ole Miss scored its first run in the fourth inning on J.B. Woodman’s double to left field.
“J.B., all year long but especially the last few weeks, had some big at-bats like that,” Bianco said. “Certainly that one was a big double down the line to score the first run and get the crowd into it. One of the disappointing things is, when you have a crowd like that, waiting for something to happen. Last night, we were able to get the crowd into it immediately. The crowd was terrific today, even in one of those pitching-type duels.”
Auston Bousfield’s solo homer in the fifth inning extended the lead to 2-0.
Washington (40-16-1) responded in the seventh inning on Robert Pehl’s run-scoring single, but left two others stranded.
Jeff Brigham (8-1) took the loss for the Huskies.
“Especially playing with these great fans, over 10,000 people, they were unbelievable today,” Greenwood said. “Being a hometown guy, to go out there and play for the team I’ve always grown up loving was awesome.”