OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Matt Snyder hit a three-run homer, Phil Irwin struck out nine and Mississippi beat Western Kentucky 7-4 on Saturday in an NCAA regional game.
The top-seeded Rebels (42-17) advanced to Sunday's championship game, while Western Kentucky (40-19) falls into a rematch with Missouri in the elimination game.
Snyder's fifth-inning homer gave the Rebels a 5-0 lead after early RBI singles from Zach Miller and Jordan Henry.
The Hilltoppers made a late charge against Irwin (8-3) with a two-run homer from Chad Cregar and a two-RBI single from Matt Rice. They had the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning, but Jake Morgan pitched out of trouble for his ninth save.
Shane Cameron (5-2) took the loss for Western Kentucky.