Ole Miss downs UL-Lafayette 5-2, forces game 3

Advocate staff photo by Hillary Scheinuk -- Mississippi infielder Preston Overbey (1) throws to first as Louisiana Lafayette infielder Blake Trahan (4) is forced out at second on a  double play off the bat of Tyler Girouard in the fourth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game in Lafayette, La.,Sunday, June 8, 2014. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by Hillary Scheinuk -- Mississippi infielder Preston Overbey (1) throws to first as Louisiana Lafayette infielder Blake Trahan (4) is forced out at second on a double play off the bat of Tyler Girouard in the fourth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game in Lafayette, La.,Sunday, June 8, 2014.

The slumbering Ole Miss offense awakened late, and now UL-Lafayette will have to wait a day to get a chance to return to the College World Series.

With its season on the line, Ole Miss scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat UL-Lafayette 5-2 in the second game of the Lafayette super regional.

The teams will play the deciding game of the best of three series on Monday at 6 p.m. in Lafayette.

UL-Lafayette starter Carson Baranik allowed a lead-off single to Ole Miss center fielder Auston Bousfield on a 1-1 pitch to start the bottom of the eighth. Baranik was replaced by left-hander Ryan Wilson. Wilson walked third baseman Austin Anderson. Allen hit a fly ball to deep center that was dropped by center fielder Seth Harrison, which allowed Bousfield to score. Colby Bortles entered the game as a pinch hitter and responded with a two-run single for the final runs.

It was a fitting end for the Rebels, who lost the series opener to UL-Lafayette 9-5 on Saturday, and were out for redemption and life on Sunday.

Ole Miss struck first when catcher Will Allen drove in one run with a two-out double to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

But UL-Lafayette tied the score at 1 in the top of the fifith when center fielder Seth Harrison reached base on a two-out error by second baseman Preston Overbey and scored when right fielder Dylan Butler followed with a double down the left-field line.

Overbey later made up for his error when he hit a hanging breaking ball on a 1-2 pitch from Baranik over the left-field wall for a two-out solo home run to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The home run by Overbey was the key blast in a pitcher's duel between former LSU players Baranik and Christian Trent. Trent pitched seven innings allowing one run on four hits with a season-high seven strikeouts. Baranik pitched seven innings plus, allowing two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

UL-Lafayette catcher Mike Strentz led off the top of the eighth with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Leonards and scored on a two-out single to right by shortstop Blake Trahan to tie the score at 2.