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Ole Miss crushes Oklahoma 10-3 in CWS opener

Jun 25, 2022; Omaha, NE, USA;  Ole Miss Rebels first baseman Tim Elko (25) scores against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first inning at Charles Schwab Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Elko went 4-for-5 with three runs, and Justin Bench and TJ McCants drove in two runs apiece as Ole Miss opened the College World Series with a convincing 10-3 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

After outhitting the Sooners 16-5 in the series opener, the Rebels can win the championship Sunday (with Game 3 on Monday, if necessary.) Either team would become the first unseeded CWS champion since Coastal Carolina in 2016.

Ole Miss (49-23) scored in each of the first three innings, taking a 4-0 lead on Elko’s third-inning solo shot. Kevin Graham had a first-inning RBI single and Bench added one of his own in the second as part of the early scoring barrage.

Oklahoma (45-23) pushed across two runs in the sixth, but McCants, Calvin Harris and Bench hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the eighth against Chazz Martinez to create an 8-2 margin. The Rebels added two more runs in the ninth for good measure.

Jack Dougherty logged the first five innings for Ole Miss, yielding two runs and three hits, with a walk and six strikeouts. Oklahoma starter Jake Bennett gave up four runs (three earned) and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out 10 without a walk.

–Field Level Media