Thomas Dillard had a big weekend against then-No. 6 Texas A&M.
His sprint from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth helped then-No. 19 Ole Miss complete a sweep of the Aggies with a 3-2 win before 9,681 fans at Swayze Field on Saturday in Oxford.
“I was shocked,” Dillard, who was 1-for-2 with a run, RBI and a walk, said. “Their catcher’s been great all weekend. Really impressed with how he’s handled the ball. I honestly thought a ball hadn’t hit the backstop all weekend. It happened to on that pitch.”
It was the second walk-off win in the series for the Rebels (30-15, 13-8 SEC), who won 5-4 in 11 innings on Thursday when Dillard’s two-run single helped Ole Miss overcome a one-run deficit.
Dillard has either scored or driven in the winning run in the Rebels’ last five walk-off wins going back to last season. The Greenwood native and former Pillow Academy athlete went 4-for-10 on the weekend with five RBIs and two runs scored.
The sweep is the second this season for the Rebels who have not been swept this season though they’d dropped back-to-back series against Kentucky and Auburn when the Aggies (30-15-1, 11-9-1 SEC) got to town.
Zabowski was 3-for-4 with an RBI single to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The Aggies tied the game in the seventh.
Grae Kessinger was 1-for-3 with a walk and scored twice.
He’s reached base safely in 33-straight games.