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Ole Miss uses big 8th inning to beat Louisiana-Lafayette

Teammates congratulate Mississippi's Preston Overbey (1) after Overbey's solo home run during an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game in Lafayette, La., Sunday. Mississippi won 5-2. (Thomas Graning / The Natchez Democrat)
Teammates congratulate Mississippi’s Preston Overbey (1) after Overbey’s solo home run during an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game in Lafayette, La., Sunday. Mississippi won 5-2. (Thomas Graning / The Natchez Democrat)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Colby Bortles broke open the game with a two-run single in Mississippi’s three-run eighth inning as the Rebels beat Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2 on Sunday night to tie their super regional series.

The teams will play a deciding Game 3 on Monday night.

Ole Miss scored the go-ahead run when center fielder Seth Harrison dropped a flyball hit by Will Allen. Sikes Orvis then singled to load the bases, setting it up for Bortles — the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.

Preston Overbey hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to put the Rebels (45-19) up 2-1. But Blake Trahan answered for the Ragin’ Cajuns (58-9) with an RBI single in the eighth, scoring Mike Strentz from second.

Christian Trent (9-0) went seven innings for the win, while Carson Baranik (11-1) took the loss.

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