With normal Alabama starting pitcher Jake Walters sidelined this weekend (at least), the mystery for the Sunday finale as to who would take his place seemed to be By Committee. Ole Miss was able to solve every Crimson Tide pitcher, getting timely extra base hits that had the Rebels score an 8-2 victory and a sweep of Bama in Oxford.
Sam Finnerty started the game for Alabama and went into the fourth inning, giving up two runs, but absorbing the loss. He was backed up by Deacon Medders (3 2/3 innings and three runs), Davis Vainer (1/3 inning, 1 run), and Mike Oczypok (2/3 inning, 2 runs). Zac Rogers pitched the last one-third of an inning and recorded a strikeout of the only man he faced.
Three Ole Miss pitchers, including starter and winner Ryan Rolison, surrendered 10 hits to the Tide – the same number the Rebels got off Bama pitching – but also had 13 strikeouts.
Alabama got multi-hit games from Hunter Alexander, who was 3-4 with an RBI, and Gene Wood, 2-4 with a double and a run scored.
Alabama is now 13-19 overall and 2-10 in Southeastern Conference play.
Alabama next hosts UAB at 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Earlier this season the Tide defeated the Blazers, 4-1, at Regions Field in Birmingham.
Alabama managed baserunners in seven of the nine innings and had men in scoring position in four innings.
Ole Miss got off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a groundout scoring Tate Blackman – the first of three runs for the Rebels’ leadoff hitter. Later in the inning Tim Rowe to score Will Golsan.
Alabama got on the scoreboard in the third with a double by Wood, a single by Cobie Vance, and an RBI single from Alexander.
In the seventh the Rebels got a home run from Golsan with Blackman aboard and Ryan Olenek singled home Colby Bortles to make it 5-1.
In the top of the eighth, Alexander and Chandler Taylor led off with singles and an out later a double from Logan Carey scored Alexander. The Tide loaded the bases with a hit-by-pitch, but a flyout and strikeout ended the threat.
Ole Miss put it away in the bottom of the eighth with Blackman doubling in two runs and Golsan’s double bringing home Blackman.