Josh Laxer’s superb relief, and Brantley Bell’s walk-off hit were the difference.
Austin Anderson had three hits including a double to lead off the bottom of the 10th. After bunting him ahead, it looked like the Rebels would leave the bases loaded before Bell singled to center.
Here’s Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco:
Chris Ellis, now through four starts, still has not allowed an earned run. He threw 5.2 scoreless tonight but battled through without his best stuff. He gave up only two hits but walked four.
The Rebels threatened in the fourth and sixth innings, but UALR left-hander Travis McDonald escaped unscathed each time and in both innings got the decisive outs against Bortles and Preston Overbey who left a combined five runners stranded in those opportunities.
In both innings Bortles struck out swinging, and Overbey popped out.
Ole Miss has scored just three runs in its last 21 innings.
Game 2 is Saturday at 4.
3B Ben Crumpton .325, SS Austin Pfeiffer .167, LF Tanner Rockwell .303, 1B Justin Steelmon .344, CF Bryson Thionnet .161, DH Ryan Scott .171, RF Mitchell Scheuler .250, C Drew Merten .318, 2B Martin Hayden .226.
LHP Travis McDonald 2-0, 1.72
LF Braxton Lee .289, 3B Austin Anderson .300, CF Auston Bousfield .429, C Will Allen .360, 1B Colby Bortles .241, 2B Preston Overbey .340, DH Sikes Orvis .325, SS Errol Robinson .281, RF J.B. Woodman .348.
RHP Chris Ellis 2-0, 0.00