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2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Ole Miss Rebels 5, Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 2

A solid night of pitching and a big inning gives Mississippi one last chance to get to the College World Series

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It might be a bit much to say that Ole Miss broke out the lumber Sunday. When the Rebels scored the three runs in the eighth inning that ended up deciding the game, they came on three singles, an error and a walk. Preston Overbey did have a home run that contributed to the win, but it was one of only two extra-base hits for Ole Miss in the game. They outscored Louisiana-Lafayette with a big inning, but they didn't knock the ball around the park quite like the Ragin' Cajuns did in the first game of the super regional.

What Ole Miss did do was largely neutralize what has been one of the potent offenses of the college baseball tournament. The Rebels were the second team of the postseason -- indeed, the second team since April 27 -- to hold Louisiana-Lafeyette to fewer than four runs. Before Sunday night, there were only five games in all of 2014 in which the Cajuns hadn't scored more than two runs.

But Christian Trent held the home team to four hits over seven innings while striking out seven, and Aaron Greenwood allowed only minimal damage in his two innings of work. When you get pitching like that, you don't have to tear the over off the ball to live another day -- though doing a little bit of both on Monday is the best way for the Rebels to make sure they get one of the last spots open in Omaha.