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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Mississippi beats Oklahoma to win first CWS title

Omaha, Neb. ( Associated Press) — Mississippi scored twice in a three-run eighth inning on wild pitches and the Rebels won their first national baseball title, defeating Oklahoma in a 4-2 win on Sunday in the College World Series Finals.

The Rebels (42–23) became the eighth national champion since 2009 to come out of the Southeastern Conference, and the trophy would remain at Magnolia State for the second year in a row. Mississippi State won last year.

Ole Miss benefited from a runner-interference call that took one run away from Oklahoma (45-24) in the sixth inning. The Rebels also beat Cade Horton’s excellent pitching performance, who set the CWS Finals record with 13 strikes.

Brandon Johnson side out in the ninth inning 1-2-3, catcher Hayden Dunhurst races to the mound for a hug and then runs to tackle Johnson after Sebastian Orduno swings and misses on the final pitch.

The Rebels, the last team to receive a major bid for the NCAA Tournament, went 2–1 in the eighth inning. Trevin Michaels relieves Horton with a dismissal, and Jacob Gonzalez hits a single from the right to drive into the tying run.

Michael (4-2) then melted away, opening wild pitches that brought Justin to bench the lead and another to bring in Gonzalez.

Hunter Elliott scattered three hits conceding two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Mason Nichols and John Gaddis (4-2) gave the game to Johnson in ninth place.

During the 107-pitch performance, Horton allowed four hits and none went.

Oklahoma appeared to have taken a 1–0 lead in the sixth, but when John Spiekerman, who had put down a squishy bunt, was called for the runner’s intervention when he attempted to catch Elliott’s throw. Runner’s intervention was called in to stop first baseman Tim Elko.

Jackson Nicklaus was hit by Elliott opening the innings and was third after a sacrificial and wild pitch. He came home on Spikerman’s bunt, but was asked for a video review by Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco after Spikerman was first told safe.

Spiekerman knocks off Elko’s glove as he runs first, the ball ending in wrong field. The call was reversed, with Spikerman deciding to be inside the base line while running through the bag, requiring Nicklaus to return to third base.

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