Rebels Take Series with Sunday Win

OXFORD - Scott Bittle held Georgia to one run and struck out 11 in seven innings as No. 11 Ole Miss beat the top-ranked Bulldogs 6-1 in the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

Bittle (5-2) gave up a run in the first inning and had allowed five hits after Colby May led off the third with the second of his team-leading two hits, but the Ole Miss All-American then retired 15 of the next 16 batters.

Georgia dropped to 33-11 overall and 14-7 in the SEC and is now tied with LSU for first place in the race for the league title. The Tigers hold the tiebreaker over Georgia after winning the series in Athens in early April. The Bulldogs lead Florida by a game in the SEC East and will play the Gators next weekend at Foley Field.

"We just couldn't get to any full counts against Bittle," Georgia coach David Perno said. "The first couple of innings started just like we wanted. "He is tough and never gives in. He throws the cutter and changeup and it's tough for hitters to adjust. We have to put it behind us. All that matters is how we finish. We have to get better and that's the most important thing about playing at home the next couple of weeks."

For the third straight day both teams scored in the first inning. For Georgia, May singled with one out and came around to score on a two-out opposite field single by Joey Lewis to out the Bulldogs ahead 1-0. Ole Miss (32-12, 13-8 SEC) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half on an RBI single by Matt Snyder and a dropped fly ball with two outs that allowed Snyder to score from first.

Ole Miss' Michael Hubbard hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-1, and the Rebels opened the floodgates with three runs in the sixth.

Georgia starter Justin Grimm (2-3) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs-four earned-on eight hits in five innings. Cecil Tanner worked two scoreless innings, allowing no hits while striking out four.

Georgia opens a seven-game homestand when it plays host to Jacksonville State Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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