By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 1-0 Thursday to move on in the SEC Tournament.
Ole Miss (35-24) stayed deadlocked with the Aggies through 8 innings of play. The Rebels’ first hit came in at the top of the ninth on a double by Thomas Dillard followed up by the game winning double by Cole Zabowski.
The Texas A&M started John Doxakis flirted with a no hitter into the eighth inning. Doxakis is the third straight Aggie pitcher to have their team in a deadlock against its opponent. He worked 8 plus innings not allowing a run or a hit while striking out and surrendered four free passes.
Zabowski’s game winning hit garnered him his 44 RBI of the season.
Ole Miss’ starter Doug Nikhazy has matched his counterpoint throughout the contest by giving up a run through eight innings of work. Nikhazy has surrendered three hits, allowed four walks, and retired two on strikeouts.
Prior to the bottom of the eighth, neither club was able to get a runner past second base as Will Frizzell singled to get on base, and then he was pinch ran by Alone Wingate who got to second on a wild pitch then advanced to third on a groundout.
Ole Miss sends the Aggies home to await their fate on selection Monday. The Rebels will play the loser of the Georgia and Arkansas game which begins at 3 p.m. on SEC Network.