HOOVER, Ala. - No. 14 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) Ole Miss defeated No. 7 (Collegiate Baseball) Florida twice Saturday afternoon to advance to the 2005 Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship Game.
The Rebels (44-17) beat the Gators (40-20) 14-1 in a game shortened to seven innings in game one and then advanced to the title game with a 4-2 victory in the nightcap.
Ole Miss will now meet arch-rival Mississippi State (39-20) in its first SEC Championship Game since the Rebels won the inaugural SEC Tournament in 1977, which was played at old Swayze Field in Oxford.
Game time for Sunday's title game is 3 p.m., and will be televised by FOX Sports Net South. Junior left-hander Brooks Dunn (5-2, 3.91 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for Mississippi State, while Ole Miss has yet to announce a starter.
GAME 1 - NO. 14 OLE MISS 14, NO. 7 FLORIDA 1
Junior right-hander Anthony Cupps pitched a two-hitter and Ole Miss scored seven runs in the third inning en route to a 14-1 win. The game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
Leading 2-0, Ole Miss broke the game open sending 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run third inning to build a 9-0 lead. The first seven batters of the inning reached base safely, and starter Bryan Ball was lifted after hitting Zack Cozart with a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home Stephen Head and making it 3-0.
Mike Pete came on in relief of Ball and walked Barry Gunther to score Mark Wright and extend the lead to 4-0. Miles Franklin followed with a two-run single, and two batters later, Brian Pettway added another two-run single to make it 8-0. Head capped the inning with a fielder's choice grounder to first that scored Justin Henry.
Junior right-hander Anthony Cupps (8-3) went the distance in earning the win, limiting the Gators to one run on two hits and one walk. He also struck out four.
Ball (6-4) allowed six runs on five hits and four walks in two innings in suffering the loss. He also struck out four.
Henry finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and Cooper Osteen went 3-for-3 with an RBI as all nine Rebel starters recorded at least one hit.
Matt LaPorta and Brandon McArthur collected the two hits for the Gators.
Ole Miss 14, Florida 1 (May 28, 2005 at Hoover, Ala.)
Florida.............000 010 0 - 1 2 0 (40-19)
Ole Miss............207 203 X - 14 16 0 (43-17)
Pitchers: Florida - Ball; Pete(3); Branham(4). Ole Miss - A. Cupps.
Win-A. Cupps(8-3) Loss-Ball(6-4) T-2:18 A-6162
Ball faced 4 batters in the 3rd.
GAME 2- NO. 14 OLE MISS 4, NO. 7 FLORIDA 2
Junior left-hander Tommy Baumgardner and junior right-hander Stoney Stone combined to limit Florida to two runs in a 4-2 win in the nightcap and advance to the Sunday's SEC Championship Game against Mississippi State.
Ole Miss scored a run in each of the first three innings to stake Baumgardner to a 3-0 lead.
Baumgardner (2-1) scattered 10 hits and walked none in allowing one run and striking out five over six innings to earn the win.
Stone recorded his first career save, allowing one run on two hits and one walk and striking out four over the final three innings.
Head went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including hitting his 18th home run of the year with a solo shot in the third inning to make it 3-0.
Henry and Pettway also added two hits each for the Rebels.
Senior right-hander Tommy Boss (6-4) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks, and fanned seven over 7 2/3 innings in suffering the loss.
Jeff Corsaletti, Adam Davis, Gavin Dickey and Brandon McArthur all had two hits each for Florida.
The Gators out-hit the Rebels 12-9 in game two.
Ole Miss 4, Florida 2 (May 28, 2005 at Hoover, Ala.)
Ole Miss............111 010 000 - 4 9 1 (44-17)
Florida.............000 010 001 - 2 12 2 (40-20)
Pitchers: Ole Miss- Baumgardner; Stone (7). Florida - Boss; Porter (8);
Win-Baumgardner (2-1) Loss-Ball (6-4) Save- Stone (1)
Ole Miss wins 2 games Saturday to advance
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