OXFORD, Miss. — For the second consecutive day, Washington took Mississippi to the wire. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the end result was the same in a game delayed by more than two hours because of rain.
Washington’s season came to an end Monday with a 3-2 defeat in 10 innings against the 12th-ranked Rebels in the championship round of the Oxford NCAA Baseball Regional at Oxford-University Stadium.
The 14th-ranked Huskies, who fought through the losers’ bracket after dropping a 2-1 decision to Ole Miss (44-18) Sunday afternoon, needed a victory to force a winner-take-all rematch Monday night, but it never got to that point.
Washington (41-17-1) pushed the Rebels to extra innings before tournament MVP Sikes Orvis tripled into the right-field corner to score Will Allen with the go-ahead run in the 10th. Orvis was 0 for 6 against the Huskies in the tournament before lacing Alex Nesbitt’s offering down the first-base line.
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“I was trying to drive something,” Orvis said. “He threw something over the plate, and I kind of rolled over it, but it swept down the line. It couldn’t have been a better time for my first triple of the year.”
Scott Weathersby retired three of the four batters he faced in the bottom half of the 10th to end Washington’s first trip to the postseason since 2004.
“I’m really proud of my team,” Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said. “We came a long way in a short period of time. It’s about life lessons. It’s an important game and it’s important to our guys, and it hurts, but we’ve learned so much in a short period of time.”
Weathersby (2-1) kept Washington off the scoreboard over a season-high 51/3 innings in relief of starter Sam Smith. Weathersby allowed just two hits and matched his career-high with six strikeouts.
Nesbitt (0-1), who had pitched just 81/3 innings all season, took the defeat after giving up the earned run on a hit while striking out two in 31/3 innings.
“(Weathersby) did a good job of keeping us off balance,” UW first baseman Branden Berry said. “We were guessing at pitches and not sticking with our plan. He competed.”
Washington finished with eight hits but only two of those came with runners in scoring position. The Huskies wasted a chance for multiple runs in the third inning following Berry’s two-out run-scoring single when the final out was made in a rundown on the throw home and two runners were left stranded.
Ole Miss designated hitter Colby Bortles broke a scoreless tie in the second with a solo shot to left, but Washington answered on a run-scoring single from Berry. The Huskies took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Brian Wolfe’s sacrifice fly, but Bortles doubled in Allen in the sixth to tie the score.
Preston Overbey had two hits for Ole Miss while one of Braxton Lee’s two hits went for a double. Washington got two hits apiece from Trevor Mitsui and Chris Baker. Austin Rei had a double.