"You've got to play all nine (innings)," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco after his team fell to 19-8 on the season and 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play. Leaving the bases loaded once was bad enough for the Rebels, but they did it again in the eighth.
"We played pretty well through seven. The truth of the matter is we left a lot of opportunities out there. We had chances if we'd just gotten another hit here or there we could have extended the lead. But didn't."
And Florida did.
Hively left Gators on first and second with one out when Chavez came in to try to finish up the sixth and keep the Rebels ahead by a run. Two pitches was all it took as the next two Gators flew out.
A relatively easy seventh for Chavez put Ole Miss in position to try to add to its slim lead. And the opportunities were there, as Bianco referred to. Gator head coach Kevin O'Sullivan worked some magic to prevent the Rebels from scoring as well.
Already into his third pitcher by then, O'Sullivan went to another reliever, Daniel Gibson, after Austin Anderson had a one-out pinch-hit single in the bottom of the seventh. Tanner Mathis struck out, but Alex Yarbrough singled to put Rebels at first and second. Matt Snyder was hit by a pitch to load them up.
O'Sullivan again went to the bullpen, calling on Johnny Magliozzi, who moved to 4-0 with the win, to try to hold things there. And he did. But Will Allen had a 2-0 count on him before sending a fly ball to left field to end the inning.
After Florida added its six runs in the top of the eighth, O'Sullivan brought in Austin Maddox after Preston Overbey was hit by a pitch to lead things off. Andrew Mistone then got a base hit. But Sikes Orvis popped up for the first out, followed by a Zach Kirksey single to load them up.
But Anderson fouled out to the catcher, and Mathis lined out to right field to end the eighth. And the Rebels were down to their last at-bat.
Each team tacked on a run in the ninth.
Chavez, who went 1.2 innings allowing four runs on five hits, said the eighth was easy to evaluate for him.
"It just comes down to not making pitches," he said after getting his first loss of the campaign following three wins. "They're a great club and they capitalized on it. When you don't make pitches and it's a one-run game and your team needs you, it's going to be tough."
Florida went up 1-0 in the first, and an Allen two-run home run in the fourth gave the Rebels their first lead at 2-1. UF tied it 2-2 in the top of the fifth, and the Rebels went back up 3-2 on a RBI single from Yarbrough.
Yarbrough said like Saturday was another new day, so is Sunday as the Rebels and Gators go at it again at 12:30 p.m.
"We played really well for eight innings, and really the whole game," he said. "They've just got such an explosive offense. They put together a great inning. We played well but left the bases loaded twice and first and second once, maybe twice. We've got to cash those in tomorrow."
Hively went 5.1 innings, allowing just two runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Sam Smith came in for Chavez and didn't record an out with two runs on two hits and a walk. Tanner Bailey went the final two innings and gave up a run on two hits with a strikeout.
The Gators had 17 hits to nine for Ole Miss Saturday. The Rebels got nine hits on Friday as well but allowed just three hits in a 3-0 Ole Miss win.
Leaving the bases loaded once was bad enough for the Rebels, but they did it again in the eighth.