OMAHA, Nebraska ( Associated Press) — Dylan DeLucia scored four goals in his first shutout for Mississippi, Kevin Graham’s scoring double in the fourth delayed, and the Rebels advanced to the College World Series Finals with a 2-0 victory over Arkansas at Thursday.
The Rebels (40-23), the last team selected to play in the NCAA Tournament, bounced back from a 3-2 loss to the Razorbacks on Wednesday night to reach the Finals for the first time. They will face Oklahoma City in a best-of-three series starting on Saturday.
DeLucia (8-2) beat Connor Noland in an aces match for his second straight CWS dominance. DeLucia was even better than Auburn in the Rebels opener in Omaha last Saturday, managing his fastball and effectively working his slider on both sides of the plate.
The junior right-hander struck out Chris Lanzilli to end the 2-hour, 6-minute game. DeLucia shook his fist and threw down his gauntlet before hugging catcher Hayden Dunhurst in front of the mound.
DeLucia, striking out seven and running none against the Razorbacks, pitched 16 2/3 CWS innings and allowed one run and eight hits. He fanned himself with 17 and walked none.
Noland (8-6) was almost as good as DeLucia, allowing seven hits and scoring seven in eight innings.
The Rebels broke a scoreless score in the fourth inning. Justin Bench passed second baseman Robert Moore to ground out and returned home as Graham doubled down the right field line.
Ole Miss’s other run came in seventh place when Calvin Harris hit right field after Tim Elko and Graham hit on base. Harris was out trying to turn his shot into a double and Noland was busted out of the half to keep the game with two runs.
DeLucia’s biggest problem came in seventh. He retired with 18 of 19 batters before Moore, who got an extra chance when catcher Hayden Dunhurst threw a foul on what should have been a third hit, cut the slow roller for a second for an infield hit. Jalen Battles then reached when shortstop Jacob Gonzalez played a grounder incorrectly.
The Rebels went out of the inning when second baseman Peyton Shatanier went far to the left to pick up a Brady Slavens ground ball and threw it out first.
It was the sixth meeting of the West Southeastern Conference rivals this season. Each team has won three games, none of which has been bigger than this one.
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