WKU baseball season ends in 4-1 loss at Ole Miss

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By ROB HERBST
The Daily News
rherbst@bgdailynews.com/783-3238

OXFORD, Miss. — Western Kentucky’s offense had carried it to within one game of the NCAA Tournament’s Super Regionals, but Ole Miss pitcher Drew Pomeranz turned out to be an impassible roadblock.

Despite pitching on only two days’ rest after throwing eight innings on Friday, Pomeranz threw a complete-game two-hitter and struck out 16 as WKU’s season ended in a 4-1 loss tonight in the Oxford, Miss., regional’s championship game.

The Hilltoppers (42-20) got a near-equal pitching performance from Matt Ridings, who also threw on two days’ rest. But WKU’s bullpen couldn’t protect a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth.

Matt Smith broke the tie with a two-run triple against WKU reliever Chad Adcock.  Adcock opened the eighth but failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. David Phillips’ RBI double off Shane Cameron gave Ole Miss (43-18) a 4-1 lead.

Adcock suffered the loss. Ridings gave up only one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out four.

Chad Cregar broke up Pomeranz’ no-hit bid with one out in the seventh on an extremely questionable scoring decision – he hit a hard hopper to Smith at first base, who mishandled the ball.

Cregar stole second and scored on some aggressive running when Matt Hightower’s single hit hard off the mound and into the glove of second baseman Evan Button. Button bobbled the ball and Cregar beat Button’s throw to home, tying the game at 1-1.

WKU had been gunning for its first Super Regional bid in school history and the Sun Belt Conference’s first bid appearance since 2001.

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