Rebels Use Big Inning To Salvage Victory Over AU

Auburn, Ala.-–Ole Miss capitalized on Auburn mistakes in the second inning to score six runs on just two hits as the Rebels salvaged a win on the weekend with a 9-1 baseball victory on Sunday.

Rebel starter Eric Fowler allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings to pick up the win while outfielder Brian Pettway had two hits, including a three-run home run, to lead the offensive attack.

For the Tigers starter Mike Felix lasted just one and two/thirds innings and walked five as Auburn lost to fall to 30-20 on the season and 11-13 in SEC play. Catcher Josh Bell was the only Tiger to get two hits on the day as the Tigers totaled just five hits against Rebel pitching.

Auburn coach Tommy Slater said while the day wasn't a good one for his team, to get the series win against a team like Ole Miss makes it a good weekend.

"I'm very disappointed that we lost the ballgame today," Slater said. "Any time you compete you want to win, everybody knows that. But for us to win the series against what I feel is the most physical team we've seen this year, I think Florida is the best team we've seen from an athletic standpoint...From a starting pitching standpoint and a physical standpoint that reminds me of some of LSU's teams when Mike (Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco) was there as an assistant. They have very physical kids and very good starting pitching. For us to win the series against them, that's a real positive and we're going to take a lot of positives out of this weekend."

Reliever Jared Shore was effective for the Tigers, allowing four runs on four hits in four and two/thirds innings, but just one run was earned. Fellow relievers Michael Nix and Grant Cardwell finished the day for the Tigers on the mound.

Clete Thomas singles and would later score Auburn's only run of the day.

This was a game won in just one inning of work from the Rebel offense thanks to a lot of help from the Tigers. Leading off the second inning C.J. Ketchum earned a walk from Felix. Unfortunately for the Tigers that would be a sign of things to come in the inning.

Despite getting a strikeout of Zack Cozart for the first out of the inning, Felix had a wild pitch to move Ketchum into scoring position. The Tigers got a fortunate break with Barry Gunter at the plate as he hit a ground ball to Adam Stacey at short and he cut down Ketchum at third for the second out of the inning. That would be the last out for a long while though as the Rebels exploded to put the game away early thanks to several gifts from the Tigers.

Center fielder Miles Franklin earned the second walk of the inning off Felix to put a runner in scoring position and Cooper Osteen made it the trifecta as he also walked to load the bases with two outs. Before the Tigers could get Shore warmed up Felix threw two balls to number two hitter Chris Coghlan, one of which was a wild pitch that scored Gunther with the inning's first run. Shore came on and quickly gave up a single that scored two to put the Rebels ahead 3-0. Stephen Head then reached on an error by Tyler Johnstone to bring Pettway to the plate. Once again he hurt the Tigers, this time a three-run shot to put Ole Miss up 6-0.

There wasn't much excitement the rest of the way as Auburn scored a single run in the fourth inning after a Clete Thomas lead-off single, but that would be all for the Tigers as Fowler completely shut the door on the offense to salvage a win for the Rebels. Ole Miss added two runs in the seventh and a single run in the eighth to make the final 9-1.

Box Score

The standings in the league following this weekend's action are as follows:

Western Division
Alabama 14-10 34-16
LSU 14-10 33-16
Ole Miss 13-11 35-15
Mississippi State 11-12 30-16
Auburn 11-13 30-20
Arkansas 11-13 35-14

Eastern Division
Tennessee 15-8 35-14
Florida 15-9 32-15
South Carolina 12-12 32-16
Vanderbilt11-13 30-16
Georgia 9-14 25-21
Kentucky 6-17 24-22

Auburn travels to Georgia to face the surging Bulldogs in a three game series Friday through Sunday. The rest of the matchups are Arkansas at Alabama, Mississippi State at Florida, South Carolina at Ole Miss, Tennessee at LSU and Vanderbilt at Kentucky. Currently the Tigers are tied with Arkansas and Vanderbilt for eighth in the league standings, one-half game behind Mississippi State. The top eight teams make the SEC Tournament in Hoover.

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