Arizona knocks out Ole Miss in Super Regionals

 Barry K. Allen   in Baseball

Arizona scored seven runs in the fourth inning and posted a lopsided 16-3 win over Ole Miss at the Tucson Super Regional at Hi Corbett Field.

The high-scoring Wildcats averaged 11 runs per game in its two wins over the Rebels.

All three games were blowouts. UA posted a 9-3 win in Friday’s opener, while Ole Miss cruised to a 12-3 win to even the series on Saturday night. The two teams combined for 46 runs in the three game series and the average victory margin was more than nine runs per game.

The Wildcats offense was hotter than the Arizona desert as game-time temperatures topped 105 degrees in all three games.

Arizona advances to the College World Series for the 18th time in program history and second time under sixth-year head coach Jay Johnson. The Wildcats finished runner up to Coastal Carolina in Johnson’s first season in 2016.

The offense jumped on the Rebels early and often and found themselves in front 10-1 after just four innings. A two-run home run from Ryan Holgate kick started the seven-run bottom of the fourth that put the game out of reach.

The top three hitters in the Wildcats lineup - Donta Williams, Jacob Berry and Branden Boissiere - combined to go 9-for-14 with 10 runs scored, four doubles, one home run, 10 RBI, and three walks.

The Rebels managed only five hits the loss. Shortstop Jacob Gonzalez belted a 463-foot home run in the eighth inning. Designated hitter Tim Elko capped his storybook season with double into the right field corner in his final at-bat of the season.