Dawgs upset #6 Ole Miss

ATHENS - Sean Ruthven struck out seven and pitched in to the ninth to lead Georgia to a 7-3 win over sixth-ranked Ole Miss Friday in front of a crowd of 2,838 at Foley Field.

Ruthven (4-1), who moved in to the Friday night role for the first time this season, responded with his finest outing of the year as the Bulldogs improved to 24-15 overall, 7-9 SEC. Ole Miss (31-9, 11-5 SEC) ace Mark Holliman dropped to 6-1 on the year, allowing five runs (only two were earned) on six hits through the first six innings. Ruthven, who was Georgia's Friday night starter for most of last season, gave up just two runs on four hits with no walks in 8.1 innings.

Freshman Joey Side (3-for-5, RBI) gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage with a run-scoring double in the first. Ruthven and Holliman kept it a pitcher's duel until the sixth. The Bulldogs scored four runs on two hits and were aided by three Rebel errors, two by shortstop Matt Tolbert and one by Holliman. Two runs scored on errors while Josh Smith drove in a run on a groundout and Holliman hit Kyle Keen with the bases loaded to force in a run as Georgia took a 5-0 advantage.

The Rebels got on the board in the seventh when Charlie Babineaux connected for his ninth home run of the year, a solo shot off Ruthven. Georgia answered in the bottom of the frame off Rebel reliever Anthony Cupps. Side singled to center, stole second base and scored on a base hit by Bobby Felmy while the second run scored on Tolbert's third error on the night to put Georgia in front 7-1.

Ole Miss made some noise in the ninth. After Ruthven retired Chris Coghlan, he hit Stephen Head with a pitch. Georgia turned to Will Startup. He allowed a double to Seth Smith and then Babineaux's groundout plated Head. Alex Presley followed with an RBI-double before Startup closed it out.

The series continues Saturday with a 4 p.m. start. Georgia will start sophomore right-hander Michael Hyle (3-1, 2.52) while Ole Miss counters with sophomore left-hander Eric Fowler (3-0, 4.40).


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