No. 4 Ole Miss baseball wins 1-0 vs. Auburn behind 8 shutout innings from Gunnar Hoglund
Ole Miss baseball's ace pitched like an ace Friday.
No. 4 Ole Miss (14-4, 1-0) beat Auburn 1-0 behind an electric day from junior right-hander Gunnar Hoglund. Hoglund threw eight shutout innings, striking out 13 batters on 117 pitches. Hoglund only allowed five hits and retired as many as 10 Tigers in a row.
Hoglund pitched masterfully throughout, but his defining moment came in the seventh inning. Auburn put runners on second and third with no outs but Hoglund responded with three consecutive strikeouts.
"Tonight was just one of those nights where you have to get out of his way," Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. "Just try not to screw it up. He was really good."
Freshman Calvin Harris drove in and scored the sole run with a pinch hit solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The ball traveled an estimated 371 feet and left the bat at 99 mph. The home run was the first of Harris' career and came after he fouled off three straight pitches against Auburn reliever Joseph Gonzalez.
Senior relief pitcher Taylor Broadway threw the ninth inning for Ole Miss. He retired the Tigers 1-2-3 and narrowly avoided disaster when Auburn pinch hitter Ryan Dyal pulled a pitch just a few inches foul of tying the game with a home run.
Auburn started Cody Greenhill threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits with four strikeouts. He retired 15 straight Rebels between the first and sixth innings.
Ole Miss returns to action Saturday at 1:30 for Game 2 of this three-game series against Auburn.
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