Wright's homer lifts Rebels past Tulane
OXFORD, Miss. -- Mark Wright homered and drove in four runs, and Ole Miss beat Tulane 12-4 on Sunday night to win the Oxford Regional and claim a second straight berth in the super regionals.
Regional MVP Justin Brashear also had four RBI for Ole Miss (43-20), which hasn't lost in seven games this postseason.
The Green Wave (43-21) -- who beat South Alabama 18-11 in an elimination game earlier in the day to reach the championship round -- were denied their third consecutive super regional berth.
The Rebels celebrated with hugs and handshakes in the infield while their fans chanted the school's "Hotty Toddy" cheer.
Ole Miss followed last week's four-game sweep through the SEC tournament by again going 3-0 in its own regional. Last year, the Rebels were perfect in the regional round, but lost in the super regionals to eventual College World Series winner Texas.
This year, they came from behind to win all three of their regional games. Against Tulane, the rally started much earlier than usual.
Ole Miss trailed 2-0 in the first before tying it in the second and taking a permanent lead one inning later, and the bottom-of-the-order duo of Brashear and Wright led the way.
Brashear, the No. 7 hitter, doubled home one run in the second before he put the Rebels ahead for good in the third with an RBI single to right field.
He added a run-scoring single in the fifth ahead of Wright's homer, and singled in a run in the ninth.
Wright, hitting eighth, connected on a 2-1 pitch from Stephen Porlier and sent it into the standing-room crowd in left-center to push the Rebels' lead to 8-2. It was his team-leading 14th homer of the season and second of the regional.
Earlier, Wright doubled home two runs in the third.
Logan Power finished with five hits for the Rebels, who needed late-inning homers to claim come-from-behind wins over Bethune-Cookman and South Alabama earlier in the regional.
Freshman Lance Lynn (7-3) worked into the eighth and had seven strikeouts and one walk.
Mark Hamilton and Brad Emaus hit two-run homers for Tulane. Hamilton's drive, his team-leading 20th, came in the first and gave the Green Wave the early lead.
Porlier (7-5) was the loser after allowing eight runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Evan Button tied the game at 2-all with an RBI double in the second.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press