Rebels hold off Dawgs 11-10

ATHENS - Ole Miss held off a ninth inning rally from No. 22 Georgia to earn an 11-10 victory in front of a crowd of 3,276 on Saturday at Foley Field.

The Rebels (16-11, 3-5 SEC) picked up two runs on a home run from Mark Wright (3-for-4, 3 RBI) in the top of the ninth that proved crucial as it provided an 11-7 advantage. Georgia's Josh Morris (2-for-5, 3 RBI) led off the bottom half of the ninth with a solo home run. Ryan Peisel and Matthew Dunn would both add RBI singles to bring the game to 11-10. With runners at the corners, Stoney Stone got Gordon Beckham to fly out to left to end the game and pick up his first save as the Bulldogs fall to 18-8 overall, 3-5 SEC.

Neither team's starter made it out of the third. Ole Miss reliever Tommy Baugmargner got the win, tossing four innings in relief of Cody Satterwhite. Senior Rip Warren got the loss to fall to 3-2, allowing four runs on five hits in four innings.Stone pitched final 2.2 innings, scattering three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

"You have to credit Ole Miss, they got the big hits and the big home runs with men on base," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We need to improve on our timing and make better choices in the bullpen. You can look at a lot of things in this game but overall we need to do a better job of doing things at the right time whether it's picking up a key hit, making a big out."

Georgia hit three home runs with two of them solo shots while the Rebels three home runs accounted for six runs including their final five runs after Georgia had attempted a comeback.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by senior right fielder Bobby Felmy that hit the right field foul pole. It was Felmy's sixth home run on the year and fifth in SEC play. It also extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.

Ole Miss anwered in the second by taking a 3-2 lead. The Rebels tied the game on a two-run single by Jon Jon Hancock, and then took the lead on a RBI single by Justin Henry. However, in the bottom of the frame Georgia responded by reclaiming the lead 4-3. Joey Side singled, Beckham walked, and Felmy was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Josh Morris who delivered a two-run single.

The Rebels evened the game at four a piece in the third on a run scoring hit to center from Wright. Then in the fourth, Logan Power hit a solo home run to put Ole Miss up 5-4. The Rebels also scratched another run on a fielder's choice groundout making the advantage 6-4. Jason Jacobs knocked a home run to left in the fifth to pull the Bulldogs within one at 6-5.

Hancock knocked a three-run homer to left off junior Adam McDaniel to extend the Rebel advantage to 9-5 in the top of the seventh. Alex Pressly and Wright were on base on a walk and a single respectively. In the bottom of the frame, Georgia scored two runs to cut the lead to 9-7. Jacobs walked and scored on a triple from designated hitter Matt Robbins. Next, Jonathan Wyatt legged out an infield base hit as Robbins crossed the plate.

Wright hit a two-run homer for the Rebels in the top of the ninth off freshman Jason Leaver to give them an 11-7 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Morris led off with a solo shot to left off Stone, the 36th home run of his career and moving him into third place in school history. Also, Ryan Peisel and Matthew Dunn both added an RBI single to bring the game to 11-10 before Stone retired Beckham to end the contest.

The series concludes Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

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