Closing It Out

It took ten innings but Ole Miss came away with a 2-1 win against Georgia on Sunday which resulted in a series win against the Bulldogs.


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Of most significance is the fact that the victory kept Ole Miss alone in second place overall in the Southeastern Conference and within striking distance of first-place Florida.

The Rebels are now 37-15 overall and 17-10 in SEC play. Florida is 34-18 overall and 19-8 in the league.

Mississippi State is alone in second place in the SEC West at 33-19 and 16-11.

Ole Miss, which travels to Texas A&M for three games Thursday through Saturday after a Tuesday night game at Arkansas State, is all alone atop the SEC West standings.

Florida hosts South Florida Tuesday night, followed by three games at Tennessee to end the regular season.

With the loss on Sunday, Georgia fell to 25-25-1 and 10-16-1.

Quoting The Rebels

* Errol Robinson on his last at-bat in the tenth: "As far as my mindset, it's just staying on the ball. The best way to stay on the ball for me is to see it deep and hit it to right field. I've had a good amount of success there."

* Robinson on the Rebels' lack of offensive production Saturday and Sunday, a 2-0 loss and a 2-1 win: "We're not worried about that. We have one of the best offenses in the SEC. Just because we had a hiccup yesterday and today, we're still feeling good about ourselves. (Winning Sunday) was a good boost for us. We can feed off this victory and move forward from there."

* Robinson on the importance of winning Sunday and what that win could mean: "It was very important, especially after a tough one (Saturday). We'll use it to fuel ourselves for the next series."

* Robinson on reliever Jeremy Massie: "He's very important to us. Every time he gets in the game, he is productive, with ground balls or strikeouts. He's been so important to us."

* Ole Miss pitcher Jeremy Massie, who got the win and is 4-2 this season and now an important part of the weekend pitching sequence: "I just made pitches. If you make pitches, they'll either get themselves out, or I'll strike them out. (Pitching on the weekend) is something I've always wanted to do."

* Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco on starter Sam Smith, who went seven innings and allowed one run: "He was great, even in the first inning where they scored a run. He gave up some hits, but he had a little better stuff, a little better command. I felt like his last two or three innings were better than his first two or three innings. He caught his second wind somewhere around the fifth inning and really started to make some pitches."

The Game

Auston Bousfield drove in both runs for the Rebels. The SEC's leading hitter singled to center field to drive in Holt Perdzock from third base in the tenth to end the game.

In the inning, Perdzock had walked with one out, and Robinson delivered the single to get runners to second and third as Robinson moved to second on the throw to try to get Perdzock out at third.

That's when Georgia, who had made some positioning moves all weekend with its defense, shifted around again, crowding three infielders at second base. Bousfield hit it over their heads in center to win it.

The Rebels only had a few scoring opportunities in the contest. In the fifth with Georgia leading 1-0 since the first, Dalton Dulin reached on a passed ball. After Preston Overbey flew out, Errol Robinson singled to put runners on first and second.

Robinson was out on a fielder's choice by Braxton Lee, as Dulin headed to third. Auston Bousfield then was out at second base on a double attempt. But Dulin came home to tie things up.

Robinson led off the eighth with a single to right. Lee then bunted safely and beat out a throw to first to put runners on first and second with no outs. Bousfield then hit the ball to the shortstop who threw the ball to third and the umpire called Robinson safe. But he quickly reversed the call and Robinson was out. The Rebels failed to score.

Jared Cheek (5-5) took the loss in relief for the Bulldogs, allowing the one run on two hits with three walks in 2.0 innings of work.

Both teams had eight hits each, and the result was basically that close as the Rebels closed out the home portion of the regular season.


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