OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss took care of business in Sunday’s series-deciding ballgame against the No. 1 ranked Louisville Cardinals, and edged them out for a 7-6 victory and a first weekend series win.
The Rebels (2-1) used a four-run seventh inning to take their first lead of the day after trailing for the entire game and relied on a strong relief outing from freshman Wes Burton to hold the lead through the game’s final two innings.
Freshman Derek Diamond turned in a quality outing of 5.2 IP to set the tone early and was able to keep the game close until the Rebel bats caught up.
With the victory today, Ole Miss secured a series win over the top-ranked Cardinals after strong showings on Saturday and Sunday. The Rebels now improve to 5-0 under head coach Mike Bianco in home series against teams ranked No. 1 in the country, having taken down top-ranked Florida (2015, 2012), South Carolina (2011), Georgia (2009), and now Louisville at Swayze Field.
The Rebel bats were mostly stifled by the strong right arm of Louisville starter Luke Smith for the batter half of five innings. Smith racked up eight…