LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Mississippi's long wait is over.
Pinch-hitter Holt Perdzock's double in the ninth inning sparked a four-run rally and the Rebels ended a 42-year College World Series drought by punching their ticket to Omaha with a 10-4 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in the deciding game of the Lafayette Super Regional on Monday night.
"The road to Omaha is bumpy and windy," Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. "When you go, you have to have a special group. This group is certainly all of that."
Bianco acknowledged that his team was fortunate to win against Ragin' Cajuns, who had 10 hits to nine for the Rebels.
"When you look at the box score, they outhit us and we had four errors," Bianco said." You don't usually win those games. It was one of those nights where we made the most of our opportunities."
Scott Weathersby (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings for Mississippi (46-19) and Josh Laxer picked up his sixth save, allowing only an unearned run in 3 1-3 innings.
"I've been prepared to come out there in a close game," Laxer said. "Coach B just preaches about filling up the strike zone. That's what I did."
And that's why the Rebels are going to the CWS for the first time since 1972. They play Virginia on Sunday in the first game.
The turning point Monday night came when ULL's Seth Harrison doubled down the line with runners at first and second and two out in the seventh inning. Tyler Girouard scored from second, but Caleb Adams was thrown out at the plate, leaving Ole Miss up 5-4.
Ole Miss catcher Will Allen had been in a similar situation Sunday, when he dropped the ball and allowed the run to score. Allen said he had a little more time to make the play Monday.