Elko’s 2-run double puts Ole Miss in Coral Gables regional’s driver’s seat
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WDAM) - Tim Elko’s two-run double and a second consecutive, lights-out pitching performance lifted the University of Mississippi to a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon over the University of Miami in the Coral Gables Regional.
The third-seeded Rebels (34-22) move into Monday’s championship round as the regional’s lone unbeaten team.
Miami (40-19), the regional’s host and top seed, will play second-seeded University of Arizona, which kept its season alive by eliminating fourth-seeded Canisius College (29-25) with a 7-5 win earlier Sunday.
The regional was forced to play three games Sunday after inclement weather wiped out Friday’s games, pushing the opening round into a late Saturday afternoon start.
Saturday, in a winner’s bracket game, Miami took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
The lead didn’t last long, as Elko’s two-out, seventh-inning double put the Rebels ahead for good.
Elko had two hits in the game and reached base twice.
Three Ole Miss pitchers combined on a four hitter. The trio piled 4 strikeouts just one day after the Ole Miss staff combined for 20 strikeouts on Saturday.
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