Rebels Roll

Once Ole Miss started scoring Friday night, Georgia pitching couldn't stop them. The Rebels won game one of the weekend series 12-2.

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Ole Miss had scored only one run in 14 innings, since a 7-4 win against Arkansas last Saturday. That included an 11-1 setback to the Razorbacks on Sunday.

But in the third inning of the series opener against the Bulldogs, Ole Miss scored three runs. The only inning they didn't score a run after that was the seventh.

The Rebels added two in the fourth, three more in the fifth and sixth, and another run in the eighth.

Ole Miss had 14 hits while Georgia had 11.

Rebel starter Chris Ellis statistically didn't have his best night, allowing two runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Matt Denny came in to relieve Ellis in the seventh and went the rest of the way, pitching 2.1 innings with no runs on one hit with a strikeout and a walk.

Ellis is now 8-0 on the season. Georgia starter Ryan Lawlor, the first of three pitchers used by the Bulldogs, fell to 4-5.

With Mississippi State's loss to Tennessee in Starkville Friday night, Ole Miss is now two games up in first place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Rebels are now 16-9 in the conference, while MSU is alone in second place at 14-11.

Overall Ole Miss is 36-14. Georgia fell to 24-24-1 overall and 9-15-1 in the SEC.

Quoting the Rebels

* Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco on Ellis: "The changeup was the difference maker for him. You usually don't talk pitching when we score that many runs on Friday night. There were some innings where he had to pitch out of some jams. Today the curve ball wasn't there. They got some good swings off. He was able to keep them off balance in the middle innings with his changeup."

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* Bianco on the offense: "It was a good night. There are not many nights you'll score double digit runs on a Friday. Proud of the offense. I thought we were more like ourselves tonight, not just an inning but constant pressure. Did some little things to keep the pressure on and score multiple innings, which is good."

* Bianco on Preston Overbey, who went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI but had better plate production: "It was huge for him. It was also a good at-bat for him when he got a runner in from third base with less than two outs. The first at-bat that he grounded out to short might have been the hardest ball he hit all night. I thought it was a good night for him. He swing it well tonight."

* Auston Bousfield, 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored: "We put some good at-bats together and were able to string some runs together. Very important to win this one. All our goals are still in front of us. We have to be ready to come out and swing it again tomorrow. This was definitely a big win for us."

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