Pomeranz solid in Ole Miss win

Published 12:16 am Saturday, June 5, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Drew Pomeranz scattered seven hits over seven-plus innings and Mississippi beat St. John’s 10-5 Friday night in the Charlottesville Regional.

The Rebels (39-22) advanced to play host Virginia in a winner’s bracket game at 5 p.m. Saturday, while the Red Storm (40-19) will take on Virginia Commonwealth in an elimination game.

Pomeranz (9-2), expected to be one of the top picks in Monday’s amateur draft, got all the runs he needed in the second on a grounder by Kevin Mort and a triple by Tanner Mathis.

He cruised into the eighth, when a leadoff single and walk caused Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco to bring Eric Callender on. Jeremy Blatz hit Callender’s first pitch for a long, three-run home run to left to make it 7-3, but the reliever retired the next three hitters.

Kyle Hansen (8-2) allowed seven hits and six runs in four innings for St. John’s, which added two runs and had the bases loaded with two out in the ninth before Rory McKean replaced Callender and got Jimmy Parque to ground out to end it.

Pomeranz threw 112 pitches and finished with five strikeouts and three walks.

The Rebels padded their lead on solo home runs by Miles Hamblin in the third and Alex Yarbrough in the fourth, and a two-run shot by Tim Ferguson, also in the fourth.

A sacrifice fly by Yarbrough in the fifth made it 7-0, and the Rebels got their final runs on a bases-loaded walk to Matt Snyder and Taylor Hashman’s two-run single in the eighth.

Pomeranz allowed five hits through his first four innings, including a double leading off the third by Scott Ferrara. The lefty then helped himself by snaring a comebacker by Matt Wessinger, wheeling and catching Ferrara off the base. His throw to shortstop Mort was perfect, allowing Mort to tag Ferrara out and then fire to first to complete a double play.

The Red Storm had four leadoff hits, and the only one to score was Wessinger, who singled leading off the eighth and scored on Baltz’s 21st home run after a walk to Joe Panik.

The Ole Miss-Virginia game will be a rematch of last year’s super regional in Oxford, Miss., when the Cavaliers won the last two to advance to their first College World Series.